It's better than having no tournaments, plus they're taking place of tournaments like Madrid who have been cut. Like Tokyo (Princess Cup) was last year. So over the last year or two the tournaments have stayed at the same number.
Well the way to make the season shorter is to not replace tournements which are cancelled.
I agree that it's better than nothing for Asia; however if tournements are too weak they might simply be cancelled like many were in the past.
I agree, but I don't think they can just cut out tournaments permanently at this point because of contracts and the financial situation. I do wish they wouldn't clump them all together, but Asia is a huge market that tennis has yet to really tap into. It's about time.