Its been a long tennis year and the fans as much as the players needed a break after the long US Open Hardcourt swing and then the Davis Cup semi finals/ playoffs the following weekend.The end is almost in sight for the Ladies tour, the WTA Tour culminates at the end of this month with the End of Season Championships in Turkey. Unfortunately for the men they have a little longer to wait before their vacation, the season ending Championships at London’s O2 Arena are pencilled in for the last week in November and Nadal, Ferrer, Del Potro and Co must wait until the first weekend of December after the Davis Cup Final before their vacaciones.
Most of the top men have taken a few weeks off to recuperate and recharge the batteries, Novak has been sidelined since limping out of the Davis Cup final against Argentina, Federer has decided to miss the Asian Swing to allow his body to recuperate and will next be in action for the Paris Masters. Andy Murray continues to play well, as he won the Thailand Open beating Donald Young. Both Andy and Rafa head to Tokyo this week to play in the Japan Open. Congratulations must go to Serbia’s Janko Tipsarevice who won his first ATP Tour title in Malaysia, beating Marcos Baghdatis in the final.
Poor Li Na, cant seem to live with the expectation that her French Open win has thrust upon her. The Chinese is 6-7 since her maiden slam victory and tumbled out of the China Open today with a tame loss to Sofia Arvidsson. Petra Kvitova seems to have the same thing , as she followed her grand slam winning Wimbledon and since hasnt been able to win a match. Maria Sharapova also sustained a nasty ankly injury this week which could rule her out of the season ending championships.
So all things considered, the threat of strike action is a serious item on the agenda. Increased injuries, player burnout and pullouts. The end of the season could yet have another sting in the tail.