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Question Is the grass court season too short - what do you think?

Looking at the Tour calendar the gap between the Australian Open and Roland Garros is 17 weeks, whereas the gap between the final of Roland Garros and the first day of Wimbledon is just 2. The gap between Wimbledon and the US Open is 7 weeks.

This got me thinking, should the players have more time to rest and prepare for Wimbledon by having more grass court tournaments?

Maybe reducing the number of indoor and outdoor hardcourt tournaments after the Australian Open would help. This would mean the clay court season starting earlier and Roland Garros being brought forward so there would be at least four weeks of grass court play before Wimbledon.

What do you think?
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Looking at the Tour calendar the gap between the Australian Open and Roland Garros is 17 weeks, whereas the gap between the final of Roland Garros and the first day of Wimbledon is just 2. The gap between Wimbledon and the US Open is 7 weeks.

This got me thinking, should the players have more time to rest and prepare for Wimbledon by having more grass court tournaments?

Maybe reducing the number of indoor and outdoor hardcourt tournaments after the Australian Open would help. This would mean the clay court season starting earlier and Roland Garros being brought forward so there would be at least four weeks of grass court play before Wimbledon.

What do you think?
I agree 100%. I think the tournaments prior to clay court season should be more limited...perhaps to Dubai, Indian Wells, and Key Biscayne (the weather is fine in all of those places earlier in the winter). Clay court season could definitely start earlier.

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Looking at the Tour calendar the gap between the Australian Open and Roland Garros is 17 weeks, whereas the gap between the final of Roland Garros and the first day of Wimbledon is just 2. The gap between Wimbledon and the US Open is 7 weeks.

This got me thinking, should the players have more time to rest and prepare for Wimbledon by having more grass court tournaments?

Maybe reducing the number of indoor and outdoor hardcourt tournaments after the Australian Open would help. This would mean the clay court season starting earlier and Roland Garros being brought forward so there would be at least four weeks of grass court play before Wimbledon.

What do you think?
too many hard court ones, hard court is boring!!
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The grass season should definitely be longer then just 4 weeks for sure

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Absolutely it should be longer. The scheduling this year is ridiculous. Having Birmingham straight after Roland Garros was always going to be a problem - look at how many players withdrew.

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yeah i think so as well. there should be more grasstournie's. What i think is most important though is that there should be more time between roland and wimby. 2 weeks is just too short considering there are loads of tournaments in the end of the year with no grandslam following it. they could make that period a little shorter and put more time between roland and wimby. This gives players the time to recuperate getting off the clay and get extra preparation with more grasstournaments before wimbledon.

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I think the grass season should have 7 weeks , no more than that.

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is the weather in paris for Roland Garros really good enough for it to brought forward? paris can be cold and wet in may,wimbledon could be started two weeks later,especially this summer as it clashes with the world cup.
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Absolutely.

Should be at least 3 weeks between French and The Championships.


1. Rosmalen
2. Birmingham
3 Eastbourne

To complement these events or to make the seaqson longer, maybe Surbitan could get cashed up and become a tour event event. Or Halle/Nottingham introduce ladies event. Or Bring back Newport and have it the first week out.

1 week wouldn't really effect the US Hardcourt season or else, move the clay a week earlier. The tour had a free week this year?
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cut back on the clay and add more grass,that's my philosophy because clay is so BORING.
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it would throw the schedule off big time. i depends on how many more weeks there would be.
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all the Maria and Hantuchova fans want more grass and less clay, wonder why
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all the Maria and Hantuchova fans want more grass and less clay, wonder why


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