New York - John McEnroe says the ATP Tour must consider
reviewing its schedule in a bid to cut down on injuries after Canadian Milos
Raonic joined the list of top players sitting out the US Open.
While Raonic (wrist) is expected to re-join the Tour later
in the year, the three other high-profile absentees from Flushing Meadows -
Novak Djokovic (elbow), Kei Nishikori (wrist) and Stanislas Wawrinka (knee) -
have been ruled out for the rest of the season.
Seven-time grand slam winner McEnroe said players had become
more prone to injuries as the game evolved over the years and said officials
should take another look at the schedule to see if they can lighten the load.
"They have worked over the years to get it down to nine
or 10 months," McEnroe told ESPN. "I think perhaps they would be
better served to continue to look at that.
"Sometimes it's unpredictable. But certainly the wear
and tear is there, because the ball is being hit harder so you have to react
quicker. So things happen more often than they did in the past. That's part of
why you're seeing a lot of injuries.
"But let's face it, there have been injuries for a long
time. This is nothing new. They are going to continue to look at it ... we
should continue to try to figure out ways to get the maximum out of all the
Swiss ace Roger Federer and world No 1 Rafael Nadal were
sidelined for the latter stages of last season as they sought to recover from
Federer withdrew from the Cincinnati Masters earlier this
month due to a back injury while world No 2 Andy Murray has struggled with a
hip problem since the French Open but both have said that they would play in
The US Open, the final grand slam of the season, is being
held from August 28 to September 10.