Trying to regroup infos/rumours about that topic here.
Firstly I heard that the reform might be delayed to 2015, not 2014
(Guy Forget, Paris-Bercy director, said that : http://www.welovetennis.fr/interviews/58023-forget
The idea seemed to have Paris-Bercy in february and the SouthAmerican swing in december.
Now the poster Fiber from Argentina seems to have several infos about that :
- there will be a meeting about that during the Australian open
- the WTF would be in october
- the new southAmerican swing would start in december 2014
- in the meantime the southAmerican swing would switch to hardcourts with an ATP500 tournament in Brazil
(sponsors having bought from Memphis the right to own an ATP500 tournament -PS : it seems that Memphis will keep an ATP250 tournament which will replace San Jose-). It seems coherent with Guy Forget's interview who said that the main opposition to the reform came from claycourt players whereas southAmerican organizers liked the december period.
Brazil only thinks for itself in the region, bought an ATP500 tournament in a 4 week calendar making it 5 tournaments in a packed 4-week tour, and will drag down every tournament of the Latin American claycourt swing into hardcourts starting in december 2014 valid for the 2015 season (this is together with Paris Bercy final call to change, but the fact that BRA bought the ATP500 is part of the final push that made this happen).
There will be a meeting in january at the Aus Open about it, but it is almost sure that the L.A. swing is changing to december, the season will end in october and the 2015 season will start first days of december in south america.
Problem is.. the owner of the ATP Copa Claro (I think he is puertorrican) claimed that Europe protested saying it is not fair only South America will have a tour in decemeber, so they are pushing to have tournaments in europe as well during the L.A. swing.
Picture this: early december, tired of a tough year, having to start one right over... Will you bother making the trip from home when having tournaments in Europe to go to South America then to Australia?
Ive heard from the owner of the tournament today that the idea was to bring good players to the tour.. meaning uniting efforts from every tournament held and instead of having 1 good star each, having e.g. 3 that will make the trip... if you understand what I mean.
Besides, we've heard that sponsors from Bogota have bought Los Angeles tournament but they don't like the date of Los Angeles tournament.
Something else : on their rankings page last monday, the ATP said that the official year-end rankings for 2012 were those from the 19th of november(that means the rankings after the DC final). Seems coherent with the idea that in the future the beginning of the calendar year would start in december of the previous year.
Other annex but still important topics :
- what about the intermediate period and the week between Paris Masters 1000 and the WTF which has been erased ?
we talked a lot about that this year, and it's still a topic as long as Paris-Bercy is still just before the WTF
- what about the transition from one calendar to another ?
What I guess : the 2014 season would be the same as now with a WTF in november 2014 ... then one month later the southAmerican swing would be the start of the 2015 season which would be the first one with the new calendar, and the first Paris february tournament would be in february 2015, 4 months after Paris-Bercy 2014.
All these things should be discussed during the Australian open.
Something else which should not be related but who knows : recently we've heard that IMG might want to sell Chennai tournament, they have offers from Turkey and China : Will IMG move India´s only ATP event to another location?
Thanks for sharing your infos/rumours on that topic here