Originally Posted by sylacauga
The ATP had to have realized that with so many of the top players participating at the Olympics in both singles & doubles that something like this was bound to happen. Expecting players to travel & make a sudden transition to another surface that quickly was unrealistic to say the least. Did the ATP give any thoughts to perhaps scheduling Toronto & Cincy a week later this year? Although this would have not been the perfect solution & participation at Cincy may have suffered somewhat as a result, it would surely be better than the mass exodus we are witnessing now. This is particularly unfair to a player like Djokovic who is defending 1000 pts in the Rogers Cup and will now probably have to W/D or tank to avoid physical injury/exhaustion.
This is bound to happen when the length of the season is reduced(without reducing the number of major tournaments).
And when you talk about unfairness, surely it is more unfair to Federer, who has to defend 3000 points in three weeks at the end of the season.