Can top players take a break from the tour?

OKUSA

Hall of Fame
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
 

OKUSA

Hall of Fame
Just wondering, seems like playing 10-11 months of tennis a year for 8, 9 , 10 years straight could be too much
 

veroniquem

Bionic Poster
Taking an extensive break at 32 though would be pretty much the equivalent of retiring for someone like Fed.
 

Harry_Wild

G.O.A.T.
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
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.
 

m2nk2

Hall of Fame
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.
 

Narcissist

Semi-Pro
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.
WTA rules may be different but look how much tennis the williams sisters played compaed with say hingis.
 

batz

G.O.A.T.
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.
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.
 

clayqueen

Talk Tennis Guru
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.
 

Devilito

Hall of Fame
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
 

m2nk2

Hall of Fame
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.
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.
 

Crisstti

Legend
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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