ATP cans calendar plan gone wrong
The ATP has quietly abandoned its Great Calendar Experiment, releasing a 2014 schedule which re-inserts a week in between the Paris Masters and the eight-man year-end final in London.
Last season and this coming autumn, those two big events will be played back-to-back, with last year's scenario of major players saving themselves in Paris for the more important London date sure to be repeated to the detriment of the French event at Bercy arena.
"Following careful consideration and feedback from our tournament and player members, the prevailing consensus for the benefit of our key stakeholders was to reinstate a week's break in between the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris and our season-ending event in London," read a statement.
The London finals will end on November 16 in 2014, as opposed to November 10 this year.
The shortening of the season came with great fanfare in the last ATP administration, amid claims it would give players more "time off." That actually translated into more time for well-paid close-season exhibitions, which were good for individual bank balances but didn't do the tour much good.
Coming in future years is another revolution, with the pending insertion of a third week in between the French Open and Wimbledon amid the screaming protests of the summer American tournaments who fear their market will be eaten away. http://www.tennistalk.com/en/news/20130122/ATP_cans_calendar_plan_gone_wrong