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  • Djokovic unsure on Rome and Madrid expansion dreams

    5/15/13 3:22 PM | Johan Lindahl
    Djokovic unsure on Rome and Madrid expansion dreams Novak Djokovic wonders if proposals by Rome and Madrid Masters 1000 event to try and emulate Indian Wells and Miami by going to 10 days each is sure a wise idea.

    It's all just in the preliminary talking stage, but the world No. 1 has major doubts.

    Already, the April-May period on European clay is a sprint to Roland Garros, with three Masters 1000 dates - Monte Carlo, Madrid and Rome - squeezed into an intense five-week-span.

    But the two events in the Latin capitals seem convinced that bigger, better, more is exactly what is needed. So far, players have kept mainly silent on the proposal, still in the talking stage. "I'm convinced that there is room for improvement in the schedule and we can do it ... tennis is such a global sport and we should use that potential," Djokovic said after winning his opening match in Rome.

    "Sometimes there is too much of a conservative approach in the sport and longstanding tradition. We nurture tradition, but time is changing and we have to make changes. The tennis market is growing and the sport is going in the right direction. Players in men's tennis are more united that before," said the three-time Rome winner, who has his detractors in Madrid, where he has been jeered in the past.

    "They (Madrid, Rome) are both big tournaments and the majority of the top players live in Europe and so you want to spend more time around here. It's complicated because the schedule is structured in a certain way which has been respected form many years. Changing it means sacrifice. If you change (one) another tournament someone suffers."

    Even if the chance to expand did arise, it is questionable at best whether both events could actually pull it off logistically. Madrid is well-placed, with plenty of land and courts, solid organizational experience and enough budget to get the job done.

    Rome is another story, with Italian the construction of the most recent stadium at the Foro Italico requiring years of bureaucratic wrangling. Plus the site is historically protected and subject to local chaos from football games at the nearby Olympic stadium which often involve road closures and a massed police presence to keep rival football fans away from each other.

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no need even IW and miami should get in line with other masters ATP calender has already become too cramped due to changing nature of tennis over last 15 years Top players getting injured is evidence for that ATP should work on reducing the load than increasing it

isfand , 5/15/13 5:55 PM



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