Can top players take a break from the tour?

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  1. OKUSA

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    I was wondering if say Federer wanted to take an extended break from tennis, like 6+ months is it allowed? John McEnroe took a few extended breaks in his career but today with sponsorships and the ATP it might not be possible
     
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  2. monfed

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    Yes they can if they have a pet slam. :lol:
     
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  3. OKUSA

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    Just wondering, seems like playing 10-11 months of tennis a year for 8, 9 , 10 years straight could be too much
     
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    Taking an extensive break at 32 though would be pretty much the equivalent of retiring for someone like Fed.
     
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  5. Harry_Wild

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    Rafa took a 9 month injury break and has done well in his comeback. Fish has done okay too. Agasi took a four-six month break and won more GSs afterward. Haas took almost a year to recover from his injuries and look where he is ranked currently.
     
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  6. m2nk2

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    Yes, Murray took a big break this year in order to be more prepared for Wimby than anyone else.

    They just have to blame injuries.
     
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  7. Narcissist

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    WTA rules may be different but look how much tennis the williams sisters played compaed with say hingis.
     
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  8. batz

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    3 weeks is a 'big break'? He took more time off than that after the AO.

    The ability of TT HFPs to make stuff up in order to hate on somebody really is a sight to behold.
     
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    Where will Federer be ranked if he took 6 months off? He might never move up the rankings again. He is not Rafael Nadal, you know.
     
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  10. Devilito

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    The older you get the more work it takes to maintain a certain level of fitness and skill. If you take 6 months off when you're 22, you can come back and still be strong, fast and skilled. At 32 you deteriorate much faster and might take a long time to come back and get back in shape. If Fed is looking to take an extended break at this stage of his career, it's Retirerer for Federer
     
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  11. m2nk2

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    Well, he didn't really play at all during the entire clay court season. And when he did play, he tanked in the early rounds to save his body for Wimby.

    I mean, I don't blame him. It's his strategy, and it worked.
     
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  12. OKUSA

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    So, it's decided that you have to cite an injury for any period of inactivity?
     
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  13. Bryan Swartz

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    No, you just get fined if you don't(an insignificant amount for top players).
     
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  14. Crisstti

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    Of course you can. Neither the ATP nor sponsors can force you to play. And any fine would be insignificant for a top player.
     
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