Thursday, September 22, 2011

Norma Gay

Is tennis legend Martina Navratilova encouraging the top men's players to go on strike if they don't get what they want? Did her forehand volley abandon her in the 1981 U.S. Open final against Tracy Austin?

She said: "They have been complaining about the long schedule for a long, long time and nothing has happened. The schedule is just as long.

"We're the only sport that does not have an off season. For the guys who are still playing in December, or even without the Davis Cup, they have about four weeks, then they start up in January.

"It's crazy, You can't do that year after year after year. It's going to take its toll which means you're career is going to be shorter, you're not going to play as well, you're going to be injured. Nobody wins in that scenario."

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1 comment:

BW said...

I'm willing to be convinced otherwise, but I'm of the opinion that (a) players can make their own schedules and carve out their own time off, and (b) if they had the time off, they'd play exhibitions anyway (at least the top players, the ones who last more than one day per tournament and therefore are the ones we're talking about anyway). Perhaps the mandatory semi-majors could be rethought a bit to allow a tiny bit of flexibility.