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What if we had the Australian Open in early December, call it the Christmas Grand Slam. Then the players can have a nice 2 month (or maybe even 3 month) break before the Florida events and clay season.

Everyone will come to Australia in good hardcourt form from the US Open and other events and they won't be carrying as many injuries, the season will have been shorter. And when they leave Australia they can relax for christmas and not have to worry about training for a slam.
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Re: Australian Open in early december

Big argument against december is that schools finish around dec15-20 usually, but if that can be changed to around dec5 then it'd work out.
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keep on answering to your own question...apart from me, noone will bother to respond to smth like that...

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Re: Australian Open in early december

Just trying to help the players............................imagine such a big off-season, so ideal.

And Australia refused to move their slam to March because it moves it out of summer.
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Big argument against december is that schools finish around dec15-20 usually, but if that can be changed to around dec5 then it'd work out.
This is the correct answer. Tennis Australia insists the AO must be played during the schools summer holidays. Not exactly sure when they are as I have no kids but it's about a 6 week period just before Christmas and I guess they are back 1st or 2nd week of Feb.
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Re: Australian Open in early december

This suggestion opens a can of worms. What would happen to Doha, Sydney etc? Would they have to be moved to November/December? Would the AO still be regarded as the first slam of the season, or would it become the last? If it's still the first, when would the seaason start? In November, with a long "mid-season" break almost immediately? If it's the last, what about the WTF? It could hardly come before the last slam, so it would also have to be moved.

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Re: Australian Open in early december

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Yeah I don't like the idea of Australian Open in december at all.
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Re: Australian Open in early december

It was held in December some years ago, wasn't it? They changed it some time in the eighties. Presumably they had a good reason for moving it in the first place, so I can't see them moving it back!

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Re: Australian Open in early december?

I agree, let's do it.
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It was held in December some years ago, wasn't it? They changed it some time in the eighties. Presumably they had a good reason for moving it in the first place, so I can't see them moving it back!
Didn't it used to start on Boxing Day or something ridiculous? That's why top players stopped going.

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Re: Australian Open in early december?

Yes, no one showed up for it in December.

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Re: Australian Open in early december?

Not that the original poster suggested this, but before anyone says ít would avoid the heat problem', we've had 6 days of over 30 degree temperatures and still counting this month. Just pre-empting a few posts

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Re: Australian Open in early december?

they should equally space all the grand slams.

Miami and Indian wells as warms up
Aus Open in February

Rome and Madrid as warms up
French in April

Change Monte Carlo to grass as a warmup
Wimbledon in June

Canada and Cincy as warmups
US Open in August

Shanghai and Paris as warmups
WTF in October

Then players get a 2 month break until the Aus Open
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