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Back to the topic of today then. It seems more and more these days that the majors are taking it’s toll on Roger’s body. Or does it? After he won the Australian Open he said that he didn’t feel as tired as he has before, and that he would be able to go skiing the next day, which would have been impossible in the past. So that was encouraging to hear. But looking at the past year or so, Roger has always been taking a lot of time off after the majors. Looking back at the start of 2009, he took time off from the Australian Open until Indian Wells, which he is now doing again. But we have heard that he is not even sure to play Indian Wells. Of course he has lung infection, so he has no choice. But it makes me wonder if he did not pick up lung infection because his body was tired and his resistance was low? We can’t know for sure.
Whatever the case may be, I hope Roger does not go to dirty third world countries with bugs in the air to jeopardize his career any more. It’s just not worth it, even though it can do a lot of good. If we move on in 2009 until after the French Open, Roger withdrew from the grass court tournament in Halle, which he usually always play. This was understandable though, because that French Open was the most draining tournament he ever played in. He did well to come back after that and take the Wimbledon title in a marathon five set battle with Roddick. After that it’s another long break of more than six weeks before he plays in Toronto. I think the French Open/Wimbledon double took a huge toll on Roger last year, which affected him in the US Open. He just didn’t quite look as sharp as he usually does in a slam final.
And after the US Open he played Davis Cup, after which he took yet another long break of about six weeks. So it seems that Roger keeps taking more or less six weeks off these days after slams, and of late he has been doing it after three out of the four slams. That is a lot of off time to be honest. Compared to the other players that is, but then again the other players don’t make every grand slam final. For Roger the majors are the most important thing, he puts a lot of physical and mental effort into them. So it’s normal that he takes off a lot more time after them. I think Roger wanted to do it different this year than he did last year. He said at the start of the season that he wanted to win more of the smaller tournaments this year, because in the last two years he has only won four tournaments a year, which isn’t much by his standards.
So I think it is very disappointing for him to have to withdraw from Dubai again, and for us fans as well. I don’t know about you, but I’m getting pretty sick of having to wait six weeks every time to watch him play, and I start running out of things to write about as well. Having said that, I don’t think this year will be as draining as last year, and this lung infection was just a stroke of bad luck. I think we will see Roger in action again at Halle this year, and at the end of the year at least in Shanghai as well before he plays in Basel. So in the end I don’t necessarily see this as a trend, although it is becoming very annoying. At age 28 there really shouldn’t be any problem with Roger’s body. As I have said before, I think in many ways the body has matured at that age, which may explain why Roger was not feeling so tired after his Australian Open win.
Lets hope that we will at least see Roger in action in Indian Wells again and that this lung infection will wear off fast. Also, I’d prefer that Roger stays home when he is recovering, and not go jet off to some third world country with dirty air. I don’t know about you, but this Fedless tennis world is really starting to annoy me…