You don't often see lower ranked players moan about the schedule because of many reasons. Some of them being (IMO):
- they don't get media attention much so we simply don't get to hear from them much
- the tournament organisers, the officials, the ticket paying public,...usually makes a whole lot less fuss if one of them doesn't turn up or is exhausted when turning up because they went far in previous tournaments
- they often don't go far in tournaments so they have a bit more time in between tournaments
And when they do speak up about something that's messed up about the calendar or some tennis organisation, MTF'ers usually don't make a mountain out of a molehill.
Did you read the article? It was the PLAYERS who asked for Davis Cup to be moved from two weeks after the GS to the week after, not the ITF. It can't be that hard to say to the ITF, "we thought it would work, but it really isn't such a good idea after all - can we go back to where it was", but don't try to come across as if the ITF pushed you into the situation
Somebody correct me (with facts) if I'm getting this wrong but if I remember it correctly, those DC ties often used to be in front of major events or smack in between important tournaments and given very little leeway, the players preferred to have the DC tie after the slam instead of in front of big tournaments (because the focus of most players will be on the big tournaments). It's not as if the players are given a lot of freedom in deciding the calendar, top player or not. If a top player decided to not play a DC tie before a major event, he was criticised for it. If a top player decides to not play a DC tie after having gone far in the slam, it'll be more easily accepted. No?
I remember that there was a whole lot discussion back then about how rigid ITF was about the issue + the ATP and the ITF often clashed about calendar issues.
However, having the DC tie a week after the slams is