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Nadal calls for fewer hard courts, reduced season

"In my humble opinion, we have to change that a bit more,” the Spaniard said. “I can say that because I won a grand slam on hard (courts).”

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Re: Nadal calls for fewer hard courts, reduced season

Politicking for a career extending move. Makes sense.

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Can anyone really argue with him?

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Re: Nadal calls for fewer hard courts, reduced season

He's right. I don't care how well conditioned an athlete is...when you have to play the hard court circuit in late summer...back to back Toronto [ or Montreal] and Cincy...then a week later in New York, followed by Davis cup[in which most of the top players will be participating]. ..that's a lot of pounding mentally and physically. Spread out the calendar and give us more grass. We want to see our best players at their best .
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Never in doubt. He is only interested in his career and pretends to speak for the sake of his colleagues.

There are many players, who are glad with an extended tennis season, namely the lesser rankes ones. He is multimillionaire and should know about it.

If he wants he can skip the season after Wimbledon, it is his own decision. Why should the ATP care?
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Re: Nadal calls for fewer hard courts, reduced season

he's right..

there's too much hardcourts and the clay season is pretty tightly packed

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Win the US Open and retire from hard courts son
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He is completly right, there are way too many hard court matches, and the clay season is way too short.

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I am in the "then don't play all the tournaments" camp. Those tournaments need to exist for lower-ranked players to make money. If he doesn't want to play, or play less hard court tournaments, he can. To maintain a full ranking, he needs to play 18 of the how many weeks of the year? I'm sure he can find a way to pace himself.

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Mugboar needs to shut his trap. His brethren have already slowed down all the courts and removed practically all carpet surfaces. If the ATP bends to Mugboar, the only thing left in tennis will clay, slow grass, and slow hard courts.
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He is completly right, there are way too many hard court matches, and the clay season is way too short.
Absoulte BS. The clay court season is fine. What needs to be extended is the grass season with real grass and not the slow grass used at Wimbledon and also introduce carpet tournaments.
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Spread out the calendar and give us more grass. We want to see our best players at their best .
More grass ?? Now there's a novel idea that would make way to much sense. Unfortunately, tennis has become a two surface pony.

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Thats selfish. He is thinking in his own career, in his own game and his own body. Maybe it doesn´t affect the top players that much...but: What about the other guys who wants to play more tournaments and win points to be better ranked? what about the guys who like to play in fast (now not that fast) hard courts? Why he is always complaining about everything?
I never heard Roddick or other hard courts guys, saying that the clay season has to be shorter or something like that. Play in less tournaments Rafa, thats the solution.
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Absoulte BS. The clay court season is fine. What needs to be extended is the grass season with real grass and not the slow grass used at Wimbledon and also introduce carpet tournaments.
The real clay season is only for about 2 1/2 months, that's not long enough. In Europe and South America almost everybody grows up playing on clay. At the very least there should be more time in between tournaments.

A grass master series would be very good though, just as long as there are less hardcourts.
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I am in the "then don't play all the tournaments" camp. Those tournaments need to exist for lower-ranked players to make money. If he doesn't want to play, or play less hard court tournaments, he can. To maintain a full ranking, he needs to play 18 of the how many weeks of the year? I'm sure he can find a way to pace himself.
No, he can't really. The mandatory tournaments start in January and end late November.

He's entitled to have and air an opinion.

I think the season is too long, and there are too many mandatory tournaments on hardcourt.

Last year he played 5 non mandatory tournaments. Chennai as an AO warm up. Rotterdam and Dubai between the AO and the two American hardcourt masters in USA, Barcelona, and Queens as a warm up for Wimbledon.

This year he is meant to play a 500 tournament AFTER the US Open under the new ATP rules.
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