Federer Calls for AO in March
At the bottom is a cut and paste from espn.com of roger arguing for a feb/march start for the aussie open.
In my opinion, the Aussie Open should be pushed back to either february or march to let the players rest but more importantly they should do what was done with the us open and combine the tournaments into a "aussie open" series. the ao right now really just appears out of nowhere (okay, two wks of tournies beforehand).
The same thing has been argued for Wimbledon. The perfect schedule then is something with one and a half to two months of lead-in tournaments before the grand slams like:
Late Jan to Feb - Aussie Open Series (hardcourt/asian swing)
Early March - Australian Open
April-May - French Open Series (clay/european/south american swing)
Early June - French Open
Mid June to Mid July - Wimbledon Series (grass/european swing)
Late July - Wimbledon
Aug to Mid Sept - US Open Series (hardcourt/north american swing)
Late Sept - US Open
Oct to Early Nov - Indoor Season (carpet/european swing)
Mid Nov - Year End Championships
the current grand slam schedule looks like this:
aussie open jan 15-28
french open may 27-june 10 (4 months since aussie open)
wimbledon june 25-july 8 (2 wks since french open)
us open august 28-sept 10 (2 months since wimbledon)
MELBOURNE, Australia -- Roger Federer renewed calls to stage the Australian Open later in the year after the intense build-up to next week's grand slam tournament resulted in a spate of injuries.
"It would be nice if the Australian Open would be a bit later, because if that would happen we would have a bit more time in the offseason," the world No. 1 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 most high profile casualty on Tuesday when he pulled out of the Sydney International with a right thigh strain.
He was joined on the withdrawal list by 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 strains.
The Australian Open has often been blighted with player forfeiture as soaring temperatures in the Victorian state often lead to unbearable conditions on the Rebound Ace court.
Federer, who scraped through in three sets against Czech Radek Stepanek in his opening match at Kooyong on Wednesday, felt moving the slam to March would eliminate many of the problems players face at this time of year.
"If it was in March, people could take a rest all January and February as well," said Federer, who is aiming to lift his 10th grand slam trophy in Melbourne Park.
"But I don't think that's ever going to change. 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."
The Swiss, however, was adamant that having a more streamlined season would also not solve the problem.
It would lead to players cramming in more tournaments in a shorter space of time and this could take a toll on their bodies, he said.
"I'm not complaining … I usually play as many tournaments as I can," said Federer, who contested 97 matches in 2006.
"So I like it when the season is kind of long and it gives me the choice to choose.
"To solve [the injury crisis] it would be to move this tournament [Australian Open] further back, and then you have more room for a break. If you want to keep yourself busy in the offseason, you can always do that."