Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Can't Handle It? Deal.

It happens every year, so don't be surprised. They whine and whine about the "unforgiving schedule" and the "grueling tennis season", and never succeed, so what the hell is the point. I think they should just suck it up, get their asses on the court and play the tennis we expect of them, but clearly, Andy Roddick and Rafael Nadal think they are going to have some impact on the ATP commitee by resisting to give up the everlasting argument. Is the ATP season too long?

Well, let's look at it this way. Roger Federer has never whined about it, probably because he is physically able to play his best tennis in November as well as every other month. Ya'll want to know why? He doesn't waste his time feasting on hopeless no-namers in the 500-level tournaments that are useless to top caliber players like Rafa, Roddick and Djokovic, who continually enter the 500's in Beijing, D.C., Barcelona and Rotterdam. Something tells me that if Nadal didn't schedule such an oblivious-to-November schedule like he did during the clay court season, we wouldn't be in this position.

“It’s ridiculous to think that you have a professional sport that doesn’t have a legitimate offseason to rest, get healthy, and then train,” said A-Rod. “I just feel sooner or later that common sense has to prevail.”

Common Sense should prevail. How 'bout scheduling your season more wisely? Isn't that a novel idea, Ms. Wozniacki, Ms. Jankovic and Mr. Roddick. Those three are playing some pretty poor tennis right now, and presumably because they work their asses off so much earlier in the year that nothing is left in the tank at the end. Now, don't get me wrong, the offseason could be expanded a little bit, (Maybe getting rid of those nonsense 500's in between Shanghai and Paris?) but it's absolutely no use for the players to bring up the annual argument.

Suck it up and play, fellas.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Federer is taking October off due to exhaustion -- does that mean that he scheduled "such an oblivious-to-October schedule" ??