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Tennis injury data from The Championships, Wimbledon, from 2003 to 2012
  1. I McCurdie1,2,
  2. S Smith3,
  3. P H Bell2,4,
  4. M E Batt4,5,6
  1. 1Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court, Epsom, Surrey, UK
  2. 2All England Lawn Tennis Club, London, UK
  3. 3Queens Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK
  4. 4The Paddocks Clinic, Princes Risborough, UK
  5. 5Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust, Nottingham, UK
  6. 6Arthritis Research UK Centre Sport, Exercise and Osteoarthritis, Nottingham, UK
  1. Correspondence to I McCurdie, Defence Medical Rehabilitation Centre (DMRC) Headley Court, Epsom, Surrey KT18 6JW, UK; ianmccurdie{at}


Objective The primary aims of this retrospective study were to describe the burden of injury presenting to the medical team and the changes in injury profile over 10 years (2003–2012) at The Championships, Wimbledon. Secondary aims included description of gender difference in rates, distribution and pathology of injuries.

Design Retrospective observational cohort of player injury presentations over 10 years (2003–2012) at The Championships, Wimbledon.

Results The overall rate of presentation of injury for all players over the 10-year period was 20.7 per 1000 sets played. Injury rates were lower for male players (17.7 injuries per 1000 sets played) than female players (23.4 injuries per 1000 sets played). There was variability in the numbers of injuries reported by men and women players over the 10-year period.

Conclusions The rates of presentation of injury at this Grand Slam tennis tournament varied between male and female players, and between years. More robust systems of data collection are required in professional tennis to enable more sophisticated injury data analysis between sexes, years and different playing surfaces.

  • Injury
  • Cohort study
  • Retrospective
  • Tennis

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