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Is January the right time for the first GS?

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Federer, Mauresmo renew late-start plea
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Melbourne: Australian Open champions Roger Federer and Amelie Mauresmo renewed calls to stage the event later in the year after the intense build-up to next week’s Grand Slam resulted in a spate of injuries.
“It would be nice if the Australian Open would be a bit later, because then we would have a bit more time in the off season,” men’s world number one Federer said at the invitational Kooyong Classic.
“But because the first Grand Slam is just around the corner, basically that’s why we don’t have any rest.”
Federer blamed scheduling of the season’s opening major for the growing list of injuries in the warm-up tournaments over the past two weeks.
World No.2 Rafael Nadal became the highest-profile casualty on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Sydney International with a right thigh strain.
Former world No.1 Venus Williams is the latest to join the pullout list. An Australian Open official said on Wednesday that Venus had withdrawn from the first Grand Slam of 2007 because of a left wrist injury.
Venus, currently ranked 48 in the world, joins world number one Justine Henin-Hardenne among the absentees from this year’s event, starting on Monday.
Also on withdrawal roster are Russians Svetlana Kuznetsova and Nadia Petrova, and Thailand’s Paradorn Srichaphan. Injuries as well as the stifling heat were the most common complaints.
Local hope Lleyton Hewitt and Argentina’s David Nalbandian are also nursing niggling strains.
The Open has also been blighted with player forfeiture as searing heat in the Victorian state often leads to unbearable conditions on the Rebound Ace court, where temperatures can exceed 45 degrees Celsius.
Mauresmo was blunt with her assessment of the situation. “It seems like we’ve been talking about this for years... but it doesn’t seem to be the concern of the organisation here,” she said in Sydney.
Tennis Australia officials did agree to push the tournament, traditionally held in the last two weeks of January, back one week but later scrapped the plan and reverted to the original dates.
Federer felt moving the slam to March, when the weather would also be cooler, would eliminate many of the problems players face at this time of year.

Source: http://www.telegraphindia.com/107011...ry_7246363.asp
What do you think about the suggestions that the Australian Open should been postponed to a later date? Do you agree with players like Federer and Mauresmo or do you think it isn't necessary to change the schedule?
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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

yeah lets give players more time to get hurt before AO

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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

The season is just too long not so much that January is the right time or not. Season should finish in October, it drags on too much.


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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

Yes it's been said for years the timing of Australia is not ideal and for many reasons March would be better, but the trouble is the competing interests get in the way of doing anything about it...what about Indian Wells and Miami, for instance...March clashes with other sporting events in Australia like, I think, the Grand Prix.

There are reasons why nothing has been done about this, but yes, it's not ideal. Playing in the middle of the Australian summer is pretty dumb if you ask me.
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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

Yet another ridiculous thread. This is getting out of control.

What are you expecting people to answer? That the AO should be played in May? That all four grand slams should be played one after the other?

When the hell do you want them to do it?
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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

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Yet another ridiculous thread. This is getting out of control.

What are you expecting people to answer? That the AO should be played in May? That all four grand slams should be played one after the other?

When the hell do you want them to do it?
Seriously ... if not in January, if seriously in May, it may be raining the whole time or whatever. Besides that I think it's better to have Grand Slams spread out through the year and not all during northern hemisphere summer months.
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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

It's so soon after the off-season so everyone is in equally bad shape, it's the tournament that pays the price when poor-in-shape competitors get the inevitable injuries and withdraw. Australian tennis officials would potentially get a better tournament slightly later, but it would affect the entire tour schedule.
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Yet another ridiculous thread. This is getting out of control.

What are you expecting people to answer? That the AO should be played in May? That all four grand slams should be played one after the other?

When the hell do you want them to do it?
I'm sorry if you find a discussion about the suggestions of players ridiculous, but of course you are free to find more serious threads for GM more qualified.
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I would like it to move to at early-mid February and that would add about 3 more weeks of offseason in December/January, but that's unrealistic b/c of the numerous competing interests that have more stake in it...
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The top three guys are money whores. Kolya playing like crazy, JesusFed and Nadal playing exos everywhere for more bucks and then complaining

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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

Mistatool complaining about crappy threads... that's just surreal...

The AO should be later, but the season should start later too.
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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

if it was in March it would not be the worst thing, but like in Paris and London, its the middle of the summer right now in Australia, that certainly plays into it.
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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

I always thought that the AO should be later, at least in the first two weeks of February. I also think that RG and Wimbledon should be separated by more than two weeks so that the players can adjust well to grass after having played on clay, specially for those who reach the semifinal.
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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

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The top three guys are money whores. Kolya playing like crazy, JesusFed and Nadal playing exos everywhere for more bucks and then complaining

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Yeah I think you`re right .. Actually a little bit disappointed with Federer`s greedy attitude
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He wants the tennis season to begin officially in March so he can play exhibitions for 3-months [Dec, Jan, Feb] ... Just take a look at one of his comments i found in an article today~~ he admits he`d rather play exhibitions
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That`s fine & dandy for Federer... because he`ll get paid handsomly for those exos,~but the journeyman type players won`t be getting paid for nearly 4-months in the year [considering TMC is the only tourney in Nov, so most players would have to wait 4-months (Nov, Dec, Jan, Feb)~ to play in official tourneys offering prizemoney]..
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Normally Federer is very careful about what he says but this time I think he spoke before thinking
... NOTE that Roger also contradicted himself by saying "..I`m happy when the season is long"



Move Open back, says Federer
By Robert Grant

January 10, 2007
WORLD No.1 Roger Federer has bought into the annual debate about the scheduling of the Australian Open, saying he would prefer it took place in March.
Federer agreed today with a number of the game's elite who believe the Open, which starts on Monday, should be pushed back in the calendar.
This would give touring pros a proper break instead of forcing them into a frantic never-ending chase after ATP points and leaving many unrefreshed for the first grand slam of the new season.
Federer today shook some rust from his game to squeeze past Czech Radek Stepanek at the Kooyong Classic 7-6 6-7 7-6 before launching into a push for an ATP calendar overhaul.
"Honestly, I don't want to start anything here, but it would be nice if the Australian Open would be a bit later ... we would have a bit more time in the off season," Federer said.
"But because the first grand slam is just around the corner, basically that's why we don't have any rest.
"If it would be in March, people could take a rest all January and February as well."
But he admitted the perennial problem would probably never be solved to everybody's satisfaction.
"You are going to have to clean up the entire schedule to make everybody happy and then people will still be not happy, so it will never really work out," he said.
Federer said that while the players' association, the ATP, was agitating for an earlier end to the season, he believed that moving the Australian Open back was a better idea.
"Then you would have more room for a break and everything, play more exhibitions if you want and stuff," he said.
"Look, I'm not complaining, I'm playing all the four slams.
"I usually play as many tournaments as I can so I like it when the season is kind of long and it gives me a choice.
"But that seems to change as well, with the Masters Series coming along, wanting me to play all of them and getting punished when you don't play."
Federer said the closeness of his match today was a result of his decision to bypass the Qatar Open, which he has won the past two years.
"Obviously I'm trying to make my way into the new year and everything. I think, win or lose, it wouldn't have changed very much," he said.
"I was so close to losing, but it still feels better to come off as a winner."
Federer said today's clash served as a good basis for data collection ahead of the Australian Open.
"Playing such a long match gives me a lot of information for what I could do better, what's already in place.
"Concentration is the biggest factor, it's kind of tough to get into things entirely.
"Match by match it's going to get better...but I just tried to keep it together," he said.
Earlier former US Open champion Andy Roddick breezed past German Tommy Haas 6-2 6-3 but woke up to the news that his new coach, Jimmy Connors, might not be joining him in Melbourne.
Connors' mother Gloria died overnight in Illinois at the age of 82.
Meanwhile, Russian Marat Safin warmed up with a win over Argentinian David Nalbandian, seizing the match 5-7 6-1 6-2.
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Re: Is January the right time for the first GS?

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The top three guys are money whores. Kolya playing like crazy, JesusFed and Nadal playing exos everywhere for more bucks and then complaining
Not sure about Nadal but Roger played 1 exo last year right right after TMC.

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