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  • A Yahoo! User Oct 21, 2009 22:03 Flag

    Should the tennis yearly calendar be shortened?

    In as much as tennis becoming very popular in many countries and there are more than 200 tennis players in the ATP Tour, i will say no to the above question. Why should it be shortened? In as much as the players are not forced to play in all the events,why then should the players be complaining of the length of the calendar? If i may propose,I will say that all the top 20 players in the ranking must player in all the Masters and grand Slams.Also, playing in the other events not mentioned should be optional.so that whosoever decides to make a conjested programme for himself should be blamed. the youngsters too should have trophies to boost their love for the game and not that the top 5 or 10 should be winning all the events. Players can still be very healthy if they play all the grand slams and masters events and a few of the other. If they are thinking of shortening the calendar then it means that they want only the top 10 in the ranking to be winning all the events. So I stand on the fact that the calendar should be left untouched as it is now. Which event do they want the ATP to cancel and why? Is this not to kill the spirit of this game in the country in question? so, what do you think?

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    • British Guy,

      Maybe I'm missing the point that you're trying to make but in football or most other sports there are end of season breaks that give players a welcome chance to recuperate, overcome injuries, take well deserved holiday's or just to spend a bit of quality time with the family.

      The mere fact that Rafa Nadal missed Wimbledon was because of an injury that was not given a chance to recover from so soon after competing in the French Open and he has had a big loss of form ever since then.

      So for every argument or debate supporting the current structure, there will always be a counter-argument or counter-debate calling for change for a shorter tennis calendar.