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Five issues that players may be going through right now

Five issues that players may be going through right now

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by GALE MOORMAN

The players will always have situations and issues to face, with many being easy and some difficult to handle. Here are a few: 1.) Being successful at the Asian swing tournaments and the WTA/ATP Finals - While some players unfortunately have endured losses at their rounds during the Asian and ITF tournaments, many are still playing and winning.

There are unexpected early exits such as the veteran Juan DelPotro, Aga Radwanska, Mischa Zverev and Coco Vandeweghe to name a few. But the players seeming to be in it for the long haul: Rafael Nadal, David Goffin, Caroline Garcia and Simona Halep to name several.

Some players are a staple, others are working their way to becoming more consistent and winning on a regular basis. 2.) Injured players trying to heal and rehab to be ready for the new 2018 season in a few months.

Players on the injured list are accumulating unfortunately but here are a few that hopefully will be ready to play in a few months. Timea Bacsinszky has had hand surgery and Japan's Kei Nishikori is missing at his home country's tournament - The Japan Open due to right wrist injuries.

Andy Murray has been plagued with a hip injury even before the US Open last month. He is trying to rest to see the result, but surgery may be the real answer. Madison Keys is trying to bounce back from re-injury to her wrist after the second procedure and Bethanie Mattek-Sands is recovering from a severe knee injury happening at Wimbledon and since then is in rehab but has started to practice on the court.

Novak Djokovic has been suffering with an elbow injury for nearly half of the season and Stan Wawrinka recently has had surgery on his knee. Serena Williams has to work out her nanny details for baby Alexis as well as her body being in great shape again to rebound from pregnancy and ability to play again.

Many more are injured and hope to recuperate without missing too much time on court. 3.) Changing of coaching staff and endorsements takes a lot of consideration when a player's game hasn't been successful.

The player and coach have to decide if there needs to be a new coach or just a change of strategies and if the player can afford to get a new coach and who is available. Many coaches would like to only do domestic state tours while others don't mind going all over with players throughout the tournament.

It depends on the coaches' family situation and his or her desire and need to do traveling, leaving the family behind. If players aren't winning, they may lack sponsors or endorsements leaving them short of funds to go to tournaments.

For other players, their endorsements have ended and agents need to seek other sponsors willing and able to give endorsements to their players or to extend the ones they have. Sloane Stephens, after many coach changes has stayed with Kamau Murray, while Madison Keys has had a few but is now with former/retired player now commentator Lindsay Davenport.

Coco Vandeweghe has changed from Craig Kardon to former/retired Australian player Pat Cash. When Novak Djokovic's game started dropping in success he panicked and let go of his entire staff.

Many try to acquire coaches that have specialities as John McEnroe was well received by Canada's Milos Raonic during Wimbledon but ended their relationship before the US Open. Novak Djokovic summoned Andre Agassi for coaching at Wimbledon but news has surfaced of them to continue their partnership into the new 2018 season.

Many have brought another added coach onto their team as Rafael Nadal obtaining Carlos Moya with Uncle Toni and Alexander Zverev not only having his father, but former player Juan Carlos Ferrero he had gotten in August.

Other players have stayed and seen success with long-time coaches as Kei Nishikori and Michael Chang, Venus Williams with David Witt and Stan Wawrinka with Magnus Norman.

4.) Organizing touring schedules for the next season can be tricky for many players because they are balancing several situations. Many are healing from injuries, wondering if they'll be able to play during certain times.

Bethanie Mattek-Sands is working on that. Madison Keys trying to bounce back from a wrist re-injury and Timea Bacsinszky with hand surgery everyone taking it week by week on abilities to play and health status.

The new season starts with the Australian Open, the first grand slam and everyone wants to be 'down under'. Will my coach do the Australian Open? Maybe on some players' minds too. Players need to know if they have the finances to go to Australia and other shave to know if they'll receive wild cards as entry to different tournaments.

5.) Taking care of personal business and issues are necessary for players to be emotionally ready to go on tour and do well. Family or friends needing financial support or has health issues will distract from players doing well on court.

Dealing with wives, boyfriends, family and significant other accompanying them on the road when possible and the monies it will take along with proper accreditation are needed. There are many issues and situations a player must go through before they can go on the court and do well.

Anything that isn't taken care of before tournaments and court time can serve as a barrier for the player to feel comfortable and to succeed on the court, winning matches and titles as they would and should do. .

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