Michael Davison, the managing director of the sports medicine and rehabilitation group Isokinetic, says: “The issue is the squeeze on the off-season followed by intense training to get ready for extreme conditions at the #AussieOpen. This acute spike in workload puts them at risk.
“Other factors are previous injury, cumulative fatigue, workload, and poor communication with coaches and the medical team. Playing on three different surfaces throughout the year is another issue.”
The absence of a proper off-season makes players especially vulnerable to injury in the first three months of the year. The rash of players currently out follows the pattern of the last few years, including 2016 when #MilosRaonic, #Muguruza, #PetraKvitova, and #AgnieszkaRadwanska were among those who suffered injuries between January and March.