Charlie Pasarell about the season ending
Q. There are too many factors to say not to move. Where it is in January, it is the holiday season. You have kids for being ball kids. You're going into March, not just the Australian rules football in Melbourne, but you already have the rugby league season starting before the Australian rules football. You have the Australian Grand Prix, which was just last weekend, Formula 1. There are far too many things it would be competing with rather than just being there on its own in January. It's a great time of the year. Surely the answer is to end the year the end of October, give two complete months off.
CHARLIE PASARELL: Can I tell you something? Everybody says, "We have to end the tennis season earlier." You know what, there will be tournaments in November. The guys will be going out and playing. They're not going to sit home for three months doing nothing.
CHARLIE PASARELL: They're not going to be in their backyard. They have to travel to Timbuktu to play a $1 million exhibition. "Too much travel. Too hard on us." They'll be doing it, trust me. Been there, done that, okay?
Q. Why make any changes, especially doing it for them?
CHARLIE PASARELL: I don't think we want to prolong the season. I think we can maybe shorten the season by a week or two. But this business about ending it in October is nonsense. I guarantee you there will be so many events, exhibitions, whatever you want to call them, all over the world, paying players millions. Every one of them is going to go out and play them.
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