Roger Federer has raised the question, once again, about the length of the ATP Tour, saying there should be a six week break and a proper off-season to avoid players suffering from burn-out. http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/tennis/9172921.stm
Nadal epressed the same concern last year, and Djokovic also did so in 2008. Andy too has put his weight behind this saying (Tennis News, 10 Nov) that
"There's no time for you to take a break to get rid of an injury. Instead players end up playing through it and that actually shortens careers. There should be fewer mandatory tournaments because you get punished so much for being injured and I don't really think that's fair.
My own feeling is that if the WTA Tour can finish at the end of October, then why can the ATP not do the same? And John McEnroe has gone even further saying that there should be no tennis from November through to February, with the AO being held at the end of that month instead of in January, which would have the added advantage of avoiding the worst of the heat of the Australian summer.