McEn­roe calls for ATP Tour sched­ule re­view

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - CLASSIS -

JOHN McEn­roe says the ATP Tour must con­sider re­view­ing its sched­ule in a bid to cut down on in­juries af­ter Cana­dian Mi­los Raonic joined the list of top play­ers sit­ting out the US Open.

While Raonic (wrist) is expected to re­join the tour later in the year, the three other high-pro­file ab­sen­tees from Flush­ing Mead­ows – No­vak Djokovic (el­bow), Kei Nishikori (wrist) and Stan Wawrinka (knee) – have been ruled out for the rest of the sea­son.

Seven-time grand slam win­ner McEn­roe said play­ers had be­come more prone to in­juries as the game evolved over the years and said of­fi­cials should take an­other look at the sched­ule to see if they could lighten the load.

“They have worked over the years to get it down to nine or 10 months,” McEn­roe told ESPN.

“I think per­haps they would be bet­ter served to con­tinue to look at that.

“Some­times it’s un­pre­dictable. But cer­tainly the wear and tear is there, be­cause the ball is be­ing hit harder so you have to re­act quicker. So things happen more of­ten than they did in the past. That’s part of why you’re see­ing a lot of in­juries.

“But let’s face it, there have been in­juries for a long time. This is noth­ing new. They are go­ing to con­tinue to look at it . . . we should con­tinue to try to fig­ure out ways to get the max­i­mum out of all the play­ers.” – Reuters

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