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Roddick slams Tour schedule

Roddick criticises Tour schedule

Former world number one Andy Roddick has called for a shorter season after the Paris Masters was hit by some high-profile withdrawals.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, the top two in the world, are both injured and have joined Marat Safin, Andre Agassi and Carlos Moya on the sidelines.

"The various pull-outs prove that the players are tired at the end of a very long season," said Roddick.

"Everyone agrees that the season needs to be shorter."

Nadal, who won his fourth Masters title of the year in Madrid last week, is nursing a knee injury.

Federer has a torn ankle ligament that also puts his appearance at the end-of-season Masters Cup in doubt while Lleyton Hewitt is doubtful as he awaits the birth of his first child.

But Roddick, who looks set to be the only top-six player in the Paris field, believes the schedule is too demanding on the players.

"It's ridiculous to have to play for 10 and a half months of the year and there is no other sport where you have to do that," he said.

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"It's ridiculous to have to play for 10 and a half months of the year and there is no other sport where you have to do that," he said.
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I think that the more players who complain about this the better. Right now you have challenger, satellite and main tour tournaments. The main tour is breaking into pieces now as well. For arguments sake call the split in the main tour gold and silver.

Gold would of course be the Slams, Rome, Monte Carlo, Miami, Canada(Montreal/Toronto), and some others I'm sure people will bring up. I don't mean to slight any event it's just that it's early and I'm running on fumes and can't remember them all. Most of these events take place up to the US Open, the last slam.

Davis Cup is also in the mix and while it's scheduled in between tournaments the top dogs are expected to play and its good to see most of them want to play for their country unlike certain previous generation American players who will remain nameless (cough).

The Indoor Season is suffering because by the time September rolls around the big boys are tired, nursing nagging injuries and have to pick and choose where they play so that if they are in the lucky eight they can play their best tennis at the YEC. The Indoor Season is becoming "Silver", good, but not as because the big boys can't or won't play and the men who fight it out here are seen by some fans as "not as good". This affects ticket sales.

Something has to be done to fix this. It's been argued for a long time but I think by the stars pulling out in droves (Poor Bercy!) TPTB may take a long hard look at things and try to adjust the schedule or the weight of some of the fall indoor events.
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So the long year is to blame for Hewitt becoming a father, Nadal insisting on playing way too many tournies than he needs to, and Federer rolling his ankle in practise? Give me a break
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I am no fan of Roddick but I do agree with him on this occasion. The season IS too long - and the reason it is said every year is because it's the truth - so why don't the ATP accept it and do something about it for the sake of the players they're supposed to be representing?

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More players need to speak up for anything to be done. But can we really say Fed and Safin's injuries are because of the tour schedule? Rogelio took 6 weeks off after Wimbledon. I don't think it was playing too much that caused him to roll his ankle during practice. That was just bad luck. But for sure nothing will be done if only a handful of players complain about the schedule.

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I have no sympathy for Andreev either...playing every week of the season was ridiculous.
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"It's ridiculous to have to play for 10 and a half months of the year and there is no other sport where you have to do that," he said.
I agree that the season itself is too long, but you don't have to play every tournament, you don't have to play each week, each day, you don't have to play all the time. There are more than enough sports like MLB, NHL, NBA which a 100+ games season+playoffs where you have to play for 6 months each day, each 2nd day while travelling around thousands of miles many times each week, not only going from tournament to tournament after every week. And not every sport like tennis is that you have a brutto match time of 120 minutes, with a netto time of 15 minutes where the ball was actually in play. Yes, they also practise and it's not only on-court time they spend, but so do the other athletes of beforementioned sports also.
I can undertand the normal complaints and that players feel flat if they want to play at least the mandatory and a few more selected optional tournaments from the beginning of the season to the end, but it's not like that tennis is the most demanding sport and the schedule gives you lots of freedom to select that other athletes don't have.

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Re: Roddick slams Tour schedule

i think this argument from the players is so stupid. If you think the year is too long with too many tournaments, then just cut down on the amount of tournaments you're playing and take one of the months off (july is SO easy to take off unless you're Gaudio). Apart from the master series and the grand slams, no one is forcing anyone to play, so if players overbook their seasons, then thats their fault.

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I am no fan of Roddick but I do agree with him on this occasion. The season IS too long - and the reason it is said every year is because it's the truth - so why don't the ATP accept it and do something about it for the sake of the players they're supposed to be representing?
Because the ATP doesn't really represent the players..in theory, yes - in actuality, no.

The ATP is all about MONEY. Which I guess is what all things in life are about (sadly). Tennis is a business, and business is all about MONEY. And because its all about MONEY, they really only care about their sponsors and making sure tournaments make lots of MONEY.

I really despise the ATP. They don't know how to protect their product (the players) or how to promote the game. There are no standards from tournament to tournament. TV coverage sucks. And we all could add about a few hundred more things to this list.

The entire management of the ATP needs to be fired from the top on down.

And go Andy - won't do any good, but I'm glad that you've tried at least.
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Re: Roddick slams Tour schedule

Roddick is just stating the obvious, but good for him to speak up, though others need to do so and if something is to be done, it might need more action, though with any compromise, both parties have to concede something, whether they will do that soon is questionable.

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The players who complain have to be the draws. Roger, Rafa, et al voted physically by dropping out of Bercy. Andy is speaking out verbally. If the top guys just stop showing up at events and thus making the events to appear lesser tournament directors will take notice and start to complain. Look what happened when Rafa rightly (IMO) withdrew from Austria. I thought Austria was going to invade Spain or something they were so angry.

Not to diss the number 120 player in the world but no one cares if he complains. When the top five b**ch and moan or simply withdraw people take notice.

Hewitt had foot surgery btw so his not appearing while related to the impending birth of his first child is also related to a physical injury.
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For the people saying that the players don't have to play if they don't want to.

Sorry...that's BS.

Only a couple of players can get away with that...Andre and Roger.

The rest have to worry about points. Which means playing. Lots of tournaments.

And they have to worry about keeping sponsors happy. Which means playing. Lots of tournaments.

This isn't thirty years ago. There is more pressure on these guys. Which means playing. Lots of tournaments.
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Re: Roddick slams Tour schedule

Some weeks ago there was another thread about this topic:

Is the season too long, or are the players just desperate?

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