“Nearly Not Human”: Patrick Mouratoglou Believes Covid-Hit Season Took a Toll on Tennis Gamers – EssentiallySports

“Almost Not Human”: Patrick Mouratoglou Believes Covid-Hit Season Took a Toll on Tennis Players - EssentiallySports

Celebrated tennis coach and mentor Patrick Mouratoglou has stated the Covid-hit season has taken a toll on gamers.

Mouratoglou stated whereas the season was curtailed due to the pandemic it affected the gamers bodily and mentally.

The coach runs a tennis academy in his homeland France.

Patrick Mouratoglou says gamers simply as drained as 2019 season

He has mentored a clutch of huge names within the sport, together with Serena Williams.

Talking to tennismajors.com, Mouratoglou stated that the strains of a brief however packed season has left the gamers drained.

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“We’re on the finish of the 2020 season. The gamers have performed solely three months (for the reason that restart)…

…and they’re as drained as they had been in 2019 with a full season,” Mouratoglou, nicknamed ‘The Coach’, stated.

The coach stated it hasn’t been straightforward for the gamers to adapt the altering optics across the sport.

Adapting to Covid guidelines has been robust for gamers, says Patrick Mouratoglou

Since resumption from lockdown, Tour occasions and Grand Slams have been held with spectators and inside the confines of a biosecure bubble.

As a part of the brand new guidelines in pressure for Tour occasions, gamers are largely confined to their resort rooms.

Aside from travelling to observe courts, their actions are restricted.

Mouratoglou touched on this new side that gamers have needed to adapt to.

Condensed calendar damage gamers’ rhythm, says Mouratoglou

“I feel there are two major causes for that (tiredness of gamers). One is psychological, and the second is bodily,” Mouratoglou stated.

“You spend all yr lengthy being in a rhythm…

…they haven’t had that rhythm for perhaps six, seven, eight months,” ‘The Coach’ stated.

He stated the condensed calendar publish resumption from lockdown has been extraordinarily demanding on gamers.

“Abruptly, what the ATP and WTA did is a particularly condensed schedule – together with two Grand Slams inside 5 or 6 weeks.

That’s virtually not human.

Some guys selected to not play the primary Grand Slam with a view to be able to for the second…

…though they hadn’t been enjoying for months,” the coach stated.

“Sure, it’s solely three months, but it surely’s the three most intense months they’ve ever had of their profession,” Mouratoglou stated.

Much less occasions, extra strain for gamers

He stated the gamers had been additionally beneath strain to be at their finest in no matter occasions the season may afford.

“When you could have a lot much less occasions, each occasion turns into rather more essential.

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Bulgaria’s Grigor Dimitrov in motion throughout his first spherical match in opposition to Russia’s Karen Khachanov REUTERS/Lisi Niesner

So the strain is far greater. You then dwell in a unique world.

For a few of the guys they couldn’t have their household round due to Covid…so (there was) additional stress,” Mouratoglou stated.

He stated some gamers even worry testing constructive as it might rule them out of occasions.

“A few of them are very scared to be examined constructive, as a result of this could imply no match,” Mouratoglou stated.

Novak Djokovic and Grigor Dimitrov are among the many high gamers who examined constructive for the virus this yr.

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