Should trainers be stationed closer to courts to help players faster?- View: 1479 by GALE MOORMAN
"Trainer, please", is what some players look up the ladder to the chair ump toput in their request when they're not feeling good because of weather conditions or an injury. Many will scream it out such as in the traumatic incidents that happened to Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Britain's Johanna Konta during horrific slips on the grass at Wimbledon.
But why does it take the trainer a while even at other tournaments to get there? Because they aren't stationed near or right on court along with the ATP or WTA supervisors and other tennis professionals courtside may be the reason.
Trainers or medics at Wimbledon are provided by the St. John's Ambulance Corporation where there are two stationed inside or near Centre Court and one near or around Court 1. The headquarters though is near Gate 7, next to Court 2.
They are a unique bunch of volunteers that have intensive training from inor cuts and scrapes to the most severe injuries and medical conditions. The corporation consists of many so being near the courts, all courts they have accessibility.
At the US Open, inside of and around The Arthur Ashe Stadium are 3 units as well as one next to Court 17. There should if not really be a trainer or medic sitting or standing courtside too, to be no closer than 20-30 feet away, but to have more individuals who are trained or doctors, nurses and other medical personnel is vital, so that at events even one should be covering at least 3 courts in the situation of illness or injury.
Elaine Brady is the main WTA primary care provider carrying on since 2007 and she is the fine line between a player continuing to play or packing it in and retiring because of their unableness to play. She and other members are usually in the training room when summoned by walkie talkie from a supervisor that someone called for a medical timeout, an individual will go running.
The ATP men's tennis physio is Ben Herde and his team who tends to the players' health not only at Grand Slams but other tennis tournaments. It is necessary to have these units especially as the players tend to have their bodies working well on all surfaces from hardcourt, to the clay court season, the grass court swing and back to the hard/composite courts of the tournaments and events.
It is also necessary for more medics and physios to be available a bit closer to the courts, even courtside helping in the recovery time of players whether it's from dizziness to chronic or severe court injuries. .