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ATP efforts to make the year`s schedule illogical

If you look at 2012 schedule you will find that there are a lot of things that are totally illogical

For example, the week after the Australian Open you find three ATP tournaments : Montpellier, Zagreb and Santiago, then DC and the week later continues with the European and South American swing. Why didn`t the DC was hold straight after the Australian Open so there could have been four straight tournaments in the Latin American swing and three straight ones in Europe?

The week of September 17th Metz and St Petersburg are scheduled after the DC. The week later starts the Asian tour during 3 weeks and after the MS of Shanghai you find two more weeks of indoor tournaments in Europe before Paris Bercy. Again, why not to start the Asian tour on September 17th during three weeks, then after the MS of Shanghai to hold Metz and St Petersburg and continue it in Europe till the MS of Paris Bercy?

At the same time I never understood the reason to hold Dubai before Indian Wells. Why not to hold it straight after the Australian Open or during the 2nd week of the year along with Sydney and Auckland.

The best desicion of 2012: To move Bucharest to the European clay season in April

Not to mention some atrocities that you can see on the Challenger tour

I mean, there can be discussions about what would be the better schedules but to use common sense is not that difficult

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Why didn`t the DC was hold straight after the Australian Open ?
it's like that on the schedule for 2013, why not in 2012 ? I don't know, but sometimes players are strange, like when they wrote officially to the ATP board to ask for Davis cup rounds to happen the week after grand slams and then last year several ones complained about that after the US Open

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If it is illogical, then it would not be too crazy to assume that our RafaNator (Tio Tony) has had a say in this.
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If DC ties would be played straight after GS´s, more and more top players would not participate in it. Unfortunately DC the DC needs to do whatever it can to keep the top guys playing.

Actually, what iritates me is that the top players are always quick to use DC schedules as an example when they talk about everything that´s wrong with the tour. And yet they hardly ever make a permanent commitment to it. They might play it one year, skip altogether the next, participate in 1-2 ties the year after that. Whenever they feel a little tired, DC is the first thing they get rid of. Lots of demands, very little commitment.
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They oughta hold DC 1st round before IW and DC 2nd round after Miami.

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There's always logic behind the ATP schedule. Just not the kind regular humans would understand.
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DC should be a 2 year event. That should solve some of the problems.
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DC should be a 2 year event. That should solve some of the problems.
That will solve no problems because then they would have to rearrange the schedule every two years to add these two extra weeks and which weeks would you hold them? Will they be the same years as Olympics or the two alternate years? Where would the "neutral ground" be? At least DC allows locals a chance to see some of their faves in action in their own country, how often do you think the Israelis get to see their players in action? Are players going to be paid for this? I know many love their country but which lower ranked guys will want to sacrifice two consecutive weeks on tour with no pay (maybe three, to practice?) to play a round robin style national tournament?

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I think it would be difficult to change the dates of the grand slam events. It has to coinside with the nation's holiday etc. Only USO schedule is off with super saturday thing. Not too many people watch tennis these days, so who cares? They should just have men's semis on Friday. Planning to have Monday's Men's final is the worst idea.
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Considering that Montpellier-Zagreb and Santiago are starting tomorrow I think that it would be a good idea to refloat this thread

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I've never understood why there are hard court masters after the Australian Open. Shouldn't the AO mark the end of the Hard court season and beginning of the clay court one? And why are the French and Wimby so close and the grass season so abbreviated? Are there so few venues that want to hold grass tourneys?

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I've never understood why there are hard court masters after the Australian Open. Shouldn't the AO mark the end of the Hard court season and beginning of the clay court one? And why are the French and Wimby so close and the grass season so abbreviated? Are there so few venues that want to hold grass tourneys?
Your problem is that you're thinking logically. They are thinking in terms of dollars. IW and Miami are just sticking out like a sore thumb. The next hard court slam is in August and placing two hardcourt masters in such a slot probably stops a few players from starting their clay court campaign in South America - I mean, why hit the clay courts when there are two big hardcourt events still to come before the clay season starts in Europe?

In a better system there would be a real grass court season and not such an emphasis on the slow harcourts helping to cripple young men.
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