Tennis

Player Burnout Issue Comes to the Fore at Wimbledon after Shock Exits of Federer, Nadal and Sharapova

 

 

The Championships - Wimbledon 2013: Day Three

Sharapova slipped twice during her second round match against Michelle Larcher de Brito, even calling out the umpire complaining about the court conditions. Getty Images

Roger Federer became the latest high-profile casualty at this year’s Wimbledon, when he lost to 116th ranked Sergiy Stakhovsky in four sets in the second round on Wednesday, June 26. The day also saw Lleyton Hewitt and Maria Sharapova crash out.

 

The Swiss seven-time champion’s exit comes after Rafael Nadal’s first round shock ouster at the hands of Belgian Steve Darcis. There were a host of other injury pullouts at the All England club this year, bringing the issue of player exhaustion (thanks to a packed tour calendar) to the fore once again.

 

The two back-to-back Grand Slams—the French Open and the Wimbledon—on surfaces which takes its toll on the body, have always stretched the players. But this year, things seem to have crossed the breaking point.

Seven players including Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Victoria Azarenka and John Isner retired or did not start a match due to injuries. In addition, Caroline Wozniacki lost in straight sets after injuring her ankle early in her match.

With a new off-season tennis league—the Indian Tennis Premier League (ITPL)—being planned, the already over-worked players are set to lose the few weeks of rest they have in between seasons.

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