In 2019, there have been three retirements within the opening spherical; in 2018, there have been 9.
This yr’s numbers may point out that gamers had fewer bodily points upon arrival: logical contemplating the U.S. Open normally comes close to the top of a lengthy, grueling, jet-lagged season.
As for recovering from a five-setter, six of the lads who received one within the first spherical had been in a position to win their second-round matches, as properly.
“If you have been fortunate enough to have the normal workout tools at your disposal, there’s no reason this should be a heavier lift than normal,” Courier stated, pointing to the Australian Open, the primary Grand Slam event of the yr that begins in mid-January, sometimes two weeks after the season begins.
“Players come off an off-season, they go to Australia, they play a warm-up tournament and they go best-of-five in very extreme heat typically,” Courier stated. “So it’s not a different ask than that.”
But Australia does come after an low season of lower than two months.
“It’s definitely different; The length of the break this time was almost three times what you would usually get,” stated Dani Vallverdu, Andy Murray’s former coach who’s now working with Karolina Pliskova.
In a typical yr, Vallverdu stated, a participant goes into the low season having performed 60 to 70 matches and doesn’t lose a lot match health earlier than the brand new season begins.
Now, he stated, “guys didn’t get more than seven or eight matches since last November.”
“The big question mark for me is how players will be able to handle back-to-back five-setters or a few of them,” he added.