10/30/12 9:21 PM | Johan Lindahl
Andy Murray says that late-season pullouts from the concluding event on the ATP will only get worse as long as the calendar remains compressed.
At issue is the lack of a rest week between the end of the Paris Masters and the start of the eight-man season final, the World Tour Finals.
With the event still to be staged in London this year and next, the problem is somewhat contained, though Paris is now without Roger Federer as the Swiss ace rests for London. Murray left Basel organizers in the lurch a week ago with his own late pullout, citing a back injury which is now apparently healed. Novak Djokovic is said to be nursing a stomach virus.
Murray, losing finalist in Shanghai to Paris second seed Djokovic, said now that he feels good he hopes to go all-out at the Bercy arena.
Murray said that if London's contract to stage the World Tour Finals is not renewed after 2013, another, more distant, venue might face ever greater problems of player participation. "With the way the schedule is just now, I think when the Tour Finals moves from London to a different continent I think there are big issues potentially with that.
"Guys (who could qualify seven, eight or nine) are not going to fly all the way to a different continent if there is a chance you're not going to get in (the year-end event), not find out until Sunday probably and potentially have to play on Tuesday.
"It's probably going to affect a couple of the tournaments, but that's what happens when you take a couple of weeks off the tour. It's never going to be perfect.
"Basel, Valencia (the same week), and Paris and having a week off and then playing the Tour Finals is fine. But it's going to be tough to play all three back to back with obviously most guys' main priority wanting to be fresh for the finals."
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