Injuries, Wear and Tear – Who Next ; Lessons to learn for Tennis’ elite

With the Australian Open, the first grand slam of the year days away, a number of players, have all retired from warm-up events in Australia in the past few weeks with a number joining the Australian Open casualty ward, withdrawing from the event before it has even started.

This has sparked the debate once more that players are putting their bodies on the line repeatedly without adequate rest and rehabilitation. The combination of an ever dwindling off season, general overtraining and the increasing exposure to the unforgiving concrete courts, that dominate the circuit in the modern era, are the main causes of players breaking down.
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