3 Feb 2009

Nadal calls for fewer hardcourt events

6:19 am on 3 February 2009

A day after his breakthrough victory at the Australian Tennis Open, Rafael Nadal has called for a reduction in the number of hardcourt events on the ATP calendar to save players from injuries and burnout.

Nadal says the number of hardcourt events has grown to the point that half the season is played on the surface which is tougher on the body than clay or grass.

Until now Nadal had been reluctant to criticise hardcourts because of his failure to win a grand slam title on them, and he's spoken on behalf of all players, and in the best interests of the ATP tour.