ATP may shorten tour by 2-3 weeks in 2012
The ATP Tour may shorten its 11-month season by two or three
weeks in 2012 to give players more rest and help them avoid
injuries and burnout.
”We are taking a good, hard look at our calendar to see if
there is a meaningful way to lengthen the offseason that would
allow players more time for rest, fitness and working on their
game,” spokeswoman Kate Gordon said Friday.
The ATP board of directors will meet during the ATP Tour World
Finals in London next month to vote on schedules for the 2012 and
2013 seasons. Some of the proposals being considered would shorten
the calendar by two or three weeks.
”The issue of season length has been around for a long time and
there is no quick fix, but we are committed to giving it real
consideration,” Gordon said.
The top players have advocated for a shorter tournament calendar
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal, who admitted being tired this week
after playing three tournaments in a row and 16 overall this year,
has suggested allowing the top players to stop playing after the
final top-tier Masters events in the fall and forgo late-season
smaller tournaments without having to worry about giving up ranking
”The perfect schedule is if you have the chance to play and you
have the chance not to play,” he said at the Shanghai Masters this
Andy Roddick also wants a longer offseason for players.
”I’ve been pretty upfront with saying I think (the schedule) is
too long,” he said in Shanghai. ”I think, luckily, our voices
seem to be getting to the point where they’re being heard.”
Roger Federer, playing his 14th event of the year in Shanghai,
also supported a shorter tour. But he realizes the top players were
in a better position to pick and choose their tournaments than
others who are chasing money and higher rankings.
”It’s a smart idea to cut the calendar short without hurting
too many tournaments, and I hope that we can reach a good agreement
there,” he said.
”I don’t remember the year finishing so late ever. But it’s
what it is. I think if the season is long, you have more breaks in
the season than you do normally, if you’re smart about it. If you
ran after points and tournaments, it’s normal that the season
”I can live with either one. I think if you’re injured for a
period of time, you can get some points down the stretch and your
ranking is not going to drop like a stone.”