In Malaga for the Davis Cup Finals, the Finnish player, though absent during his country’s quarter-final victory over Canada due to injury, is part of discussions surrounding late nights, demanding schedules, and the challenges of adapting to ever-changing conditions.
As the tennis season concludes in Malaga, marking the final competitive showcase in 2023, concerns about scheduling, player burn-out, and injuries resurface among players concluding their demanding eleven-month season.
“WHAT I CAN GUARANTEE YOU 100% IS THAT IT DOESN’T HELP AT ALL THAT WE ARE CONSTANTLY CHANGING CONDITIONS,”Emil Ruusuvuori commented on the ATP Tour’s constantly shifting circumstances.
One player who is thinking a lot about this is Emil Ruusuvuori. Ruusuvuori, the star player for Finland in the Davis Cup Finals, was compelled to watch from the sidelines as his team recorded a historic victory over the defending
Players Struggle with Travel, Schedules, and Conditions
“The amount of travel and playing time [is a big risk to injury], but with a ranking like mine that’s how this sport works,” As he continues to treat the shoulder injury that has prevented him from playing on the court in Malaga thus far, Emil Ruusuvuori told Spanish media.
“Only Novak can play ten tournaments a year and be No. 1,” the Finn continued, smiling.
“For the rest of us, things are not so simple. We have to play a lot because there are many results that count, 19.”
Finland faces Australia in their inaugural Davis Cup semi-finals after a comeback against the Czech Republic. The availability of Finland’s star player is uncertain, a recurring theme in the 2023 season.
Players advocate for fewer ball changes, addressing the challenges posed by varied conditions weekly. As the season concludes, calls arise for tennis governing bodies to address player concerns before the new season begins in January.
“The trips, the balls, all that influences. Everyone says they would like to play less, but we end up playing almost every week. This is how we have to do it, that’s what the circuit pushes us to do.”
“What I can guarantee you 100% is that it doesn’t help at all that we are constantly changing conditions.”
“I also have to take a look at my schedule with the team, put together a schedule in which I can play two weeks with the same ball because if you change every week, you are taking too much risk.”