|ATP considers shortening tour calendar|
Friday, 10 September 2010 09:46
The ATP Tennis Tour has said it is considering trimming shortening its calendar to give players more rest time.
Many of the world's leading players believe there are too many tournaments and that they are too close together. The ATP Tour currently consists of 62 events in 32 countries, and runs from January until the end of November.
In response to this, the ATP is now in talks about a possible two-week extension to its off-season in time for the 2012 season.
Executive chairman and president of the men's tour, Adam Helfant, said: "Right now we're considering calendars where there might be as much as a two-week change to the off-season for 2012 and two or three weeks extended off-season for 2013.
"My intention is to put the 2012 and 2013 calendars up for formal consideration by our board at our last board meeting of the year [in London] and see where we are."
World number three Novak Djokovic has welcomed the news, saying: "I’ve been experiencing a lot of physical and health difficulties in last two, three years playing a very, very busy schedule. Hopefully, it’s all going to pay off and we’re going to get a little bit shorter schedule and a schedule that is going to give us more time off."