7 thoughts on “Guardian: For many reasons, women’s game battered at the top

  1. When I played tennis near Victoria BC in my younger years, after only a few games with work mates, I would have to seek help from a chiropractor for my ailing body. I cannot imagine how tough it must be on the body when you play as a career, week in and week out, almost all year round. Tennis is not like swimming or even running. The sudden moves and constant striking of the ball must take a heavy toll on the muscles and ligaments. I do not even know how the men manage playing hard so much.

    • The body gets used to it to a certain extent. I mean, you train it gradually to get up to that level.
      If you just play a few times, your muscles aren’t used to it so in some ways it’s worse.
      This year I’ve travelled too much, but prior years no big deal for me to be on court 2-3 hours a day – more at a tournament. Singles and doubles every day.
      Never been to a chiropractor, and I’m old. And I’m not a professional 🙂
      Even this week, out of shape, played four times and I feel great. On an indoor hard court.

        • LOL. I might be mature, but I’m not grown up.
          I think luck and genes have a lot to do with it. You won’t find many better, fitter athletes than Steffi Graf and Yannick Noah – and yet they were chronically injured.
          Sound technique helps, too. I’ve been playing since I was 8 (at least 20 years! 🙂 ) and I’ve never had tennis elbow.
          Just jinxed myself.
          I have friends who are world champions in the 80-and-overs and 85-and-overs, so there’s plenty of hope.

  2. I think another issue that doesn’t often get mentioned is annual world travel. These women are top athletes, but I can’t imagine making the body constantly get used to so many different time zone changes. They start in Australia in January, then move to either South America or Asia in February, west coast US followed by east coast US in March, Europe in April, May and June, North America in July and August, Olympics in Rio later in August, back to US for the Open into September, then over to the Far East for the rest of September and October. I haven’t even mentioned travel to and from the Fed Cup locations in February and April and with the final in November…it sounds tough for one year – how about every year? Stephanie, I’m not sure how much of the annual circuit you travel these days, but I’m sure during your years when you went everywhere, it must add up for you too! The TV commentators who are on the beat for long days every week must really feel it late in November…Guys like Tom Tebbutt must also pick and choose where he goes and how often?

    • I’m fairly in touch with that emotion, believe me. (If you read my stuff you know where I am 🙂 ).

      But that was equally true five years ago. And 10. … There are a zillion factors that make it challenging on an ongoing basis. But those are base data – what’s changing to make it such a mess right now?

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