The stressful distance running of tennis | Sports

The stressful distance running of tennis | Sports

Tennis is a long-distance race. With seasons of up to 11 months, some of the biggest goals of the year are fought with tired legs. The body has a good margin of rest, the mind accumulates emotions through travels and efforts around the world. It’s a constant test of hardship in which staying afloat is a challenge.

Although August is associated with holidays and disconnection, on the circuit it is one of the most stressful months on the calendar. The big tournaments of the American hard surface tour follow one another, with some of the biggest tournaments of the year in a few days. Canada, Cincinnati and the US Open challenge players like a succession of mountain passes, each peak reached with less oxygen than the last. In times like this, with the body pushed to the limit of its capabilities, the importance of the team grows stronger, of a professional group capable of maintaining the athlete’s performance based on recovery, work specific and rest.

This year we saw Pablo Carreño triumph in Montreal, claiming his first major title after a near-perfect week. Winning a tournament in this category is an important step that places the Spaniard in the history of Spanish tennis. It’s a time of the season when he usually competes at his best, Olympic bronze in Tokyo or the two US Open semi-finals being good examples.

In one of the rare tournaments where the Big 3 was not present, Pablo fulfilled a maxim of the competition: seize the opportunity. The Cincinnati tournament served to demonstrate the great depth that the sport has reached, increasingly professional in every way. The French Carolina García lifted the tournament from the previous phase and the Croatian Borna Coric signed the great result of his life from the 152nd position in the standings, leaving behind a shoulder operation that kept him out of the circuit for a year. Never before have we seen so much talent in the locker room, with a huge number of athletes capable of competing for anything.

The US Open is already in sight, the last Grand Slam of the year. After returning to Cincinnati, Rafa Nadal will be looking to regain the competitive rhythm that led him to be the season’s best player in the first half, with the emergence of Carlos Alcaraz following in his footsteps in exciting fashion. We continue with the unknown on the participation of Novak Djokovic and we witness the challenge of Daniil Medvedev to protect the number 1 in New York, where one of the most open editions of recent times is approaching. The women’s team will have a clear role: Serena Williams’ farewell will be a historic moment for the sport. In addition, there will be this relief embodied by Iga Swiatek, determined to seek a first big on hard surface.

And we will look at the Spaniards, with Paula Badosa and Garbiñe Muguruza as the main assets of the army. Tennis does not rest. Take the opportunity to do so. A beautiful end of the year is approaching.

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