Adding Fed Cup to the week before IW is getting impossible. Acapulco's joint event moves to HC to be a warm-up for IW. Even though I'd have nothing against separate ATP & WTA events in Acapulco.
Well, there are many tournaments where ATP and WTA are joint events but play on separate weeks.
I dont think weak field in a tournament is a problem. I mean let some low ranked players have a chance to gain.points, money and experience in those tournaments clashed with Fed Cup is not bad...
Just like how many 100k, 125k and INT China have this year so we get over-ranked players?
I don't think so. It's a choice they made.
No one forced the WTA to be inflexible and get in bed with the ATP for back-to-back four straight weeks.
True. They can fix the schedule in many ways to cater the top players.
Surely no-one actually wants the season shorter than it already is?
While in principle what you say is good and sounds great on paper. In practice WTA probably don't have a lot of say in this. It is crazy that you have 2 non-grand slam events taking up 4 weeks of your calendar, everyone knows this, the WTA must know this.
I think the season should be much longer than what we have now, but they can give the top players a shorter season by making the mandatory events in 10 months.
One easy solution is to rearrange Indian Wells and Miami (these two tournaments are ridiculous on two counts: together they take up a whole month - they're practically bigger than the entire grass season. And they are doubly ridiculous because they are also back-to-back mandatory events.
Agreed. I think all those back-to-back mandatory events are killing the players' performance.
Fix that shit and the WTA will have two new extra weeks on the calendar that they can play and rearrange.
These are the kind of actions WTA can do instead of stealing bread away from the mouths of scrubs by shortening the whole season and not leaving room for Fed cups and what not.
Well, I think they can still place 125k events during Fed Cup.
I for one think the season should be about 2 weeks longer than it currently is, which still leaves a 2 month off season, but allows you to stretch certain areas of the season that desperately need it. Post-USO is way too condensed as it currently stands. And the other week is needed from 2015 when there are 3 weeks of grass court events needed between the French Open and Wimbledon rather than the current 2.
Yep, the grass season being longer will eat into the North America hard court season and that won't be fun.
One thing to add to the above post is the WTA system is too over complicated for your general fan. The ATP have understood this with there 250, 500, 1000 system - that is easy for everyone to understand. The WTA system is pretty long winded to explain to casual fans, and is not helped by Indian Wells and the like often just being referred to as a Premier event by broadcasters. The whole 3 tier of Premier events, entry rules to these events and Internationals is not that easy to understand, and I'm sure a lot of broadcasters themselves don't understand the full differences between events. On ATP everyone knows if you win a 500 you get 500 points, you win a Masters 1000 and you get 1000 points - it's that simple.
I like the old tier system. They can just formulate the events into:
Tier I - 1,000
Tier II- 800
Tier III - 600
Tier IV - 400
Tier V - 200
...and that will make a great deal of sense and be different from the ATP system.