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‘Only Novak Djokovic Can Play Ten Tournaments a Year And..’- Grueling Reality of ATP Tour Unveiled by 24YO Finnish Star

Published 11/21/2023, 4:36 AM EST

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The demanding schedule on the men’s tour has often been a target of criticism from a number of notable figures in the tennis community.  While some of the players have managed to settle into the tight schedule, others have been struggling to keep up with it. Even the Finnish tennis star, Emil Ruusuvuori, has experienced some issues, according to his recent candid disclosures.

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While talking about his injury woes, the former world No. 37 recently lashed out at the hectic schedule on the ATP Tour. In the process, Ruusuvuori also shed light on the extensive travel, frequent ball changes, playing commitments, and other issues being faced by the players in the men’s circuit.

The Finnish ATP star candidly spoke about the hectic tennis schedule


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In a recent interview with Puntodebreak, the Finnish ATP star, who has been struggling with shoulder and elbow injuries, opened up about the demands of the tennis calendar. Emil Ruusuvuori shed light on how players with lower rankings have to keep up with extensive travel duties due to the number of tournaments in a particular season.

He asserted that it is quite a challenging task and that it can only be accomplished by the current world No. 1 player, Novak Djokovic. “Only Novak can play ten tournaments a year and be number one (laughs). For the rest… things are not that simple,” the young ATP player said. Ruusuvuori suggested that the Serb has managed to maintain his number 1 status by participating in a handful of tournaments.


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He went on to say that not every player on the tour can emulate the 36-year-old player, who recently concluded the season with the top ranking for the record-extending eighth time. Aside from the demanding schedule, Ruusuvuori also criticized the frequent changing conditions on tour.

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Just like some players on the ATP Tour, the former world No. 37 has now also joined the criticism of the frequently changing conditions. During the unfiltered conversation, Ruusuvuori emphasized the risks associated with constant changes being made to the tennis balls during different tournaments.

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The Finnish tennis star said, “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”. Ruusuvuori suggested that all these frequent ball changes can adversely impact a number of players on the men’s circuit.


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What do you think of the Finnish tennis star’s unfiltered views on the hectic schedule and changing conditions on the tour? Let us know in the comments section.

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Written by:

Anurag Gusain


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Like millions of fans around the world, my foray into the world of tennis began after witnessing the incredible domination of the ‘King of Clay’ over the past decade. It was my passion for tennis that initially drew me to the dynamic field of sports journalism. My professional journey in sports journalism with EssentiallySports has seen me cover over 1000 articles, focusing on almost every ATP and WTA tournament, including Grand Slams.
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