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ZeroSOFInfinity
Jul 5th, 2005, 01:15 AM
Currently the French Open and Wimbledon is too close together...about 2-3 weeks. This gives players less time to prepare and adept themselves to the grass courts, especially clay court specialists.

So should the French Open and Wimbledon schedule be changed next year, or remain them at their current state?

I think the French Open should start early May and Wimbledon on the first wek of July... that leaves a gap of about 1 1/2 months to prepare on grass. Agree?

jamatthews
Jul 5th, 2005, 01:17 AM
I think one extra week would be good, especially so players can play Eastbourne and still have a weeks rest before Wimbledon...

xan
Jul 5th, 2005, 01:19 AM
Wimbledon needs moving forward at least a week. Moving the French back would cause problems with Rome and berlin.

Knizzle
Jul 5th, 2005, 01:32 AM
One extra week with a Tier1 on grass should be added.

Jakeev
Jul 5th, 2005, 01:33 AM
Wimbledon supposedly going to be pushed back a week either in 2006 or 2007.

~Cherry*Blossom~
Jul 5th, 2005, 01:58 AM
I think they should have a Tier I on grass and maybe have an extra week or two between the French and Wimbledon

VS Fan
Jul 5th, 2005, 02:31 AM
I would NOT change it. It has been this way for years.

This makes it very special when a player wins BOTH in the same year.

I think this has been done by only five or six players.

ezekiel
Jul 5th, 2005, 02:50 AM
it hasn't been this way before and someone may corrct me but I seem to remember RG starting in early may. There should definitely be at least 3 weeks between these 2 majors. The change is too great but also spreads the tournaments around.

chris whiteside
Jul 5th, 2005, 10:30 AM
If they keep slowing the Wimbledon courts down it wouldn't make much difference. Baseliners have as much chance there now as serve and volleyers. (Are there any left anyway?!!!!)

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 5th, 2005, 12:37 PM
Wimbledon supposedly going to be pushed back a week either in 2006 or 2007.

thats only cos of the Calendar Swing again

Wimbledon 2006 starts Jun 26
thats cos RG starts a week later as well

thats good news cos back to another week of CLAY tennis too and one less week between Wimbledon and US Open :bounce:

Dirty Sanchez
Jul 5th, 2005, 12:50 PM
I personally would be a big fan of a longer grass court season. The current one is just over in a flash, yet we're overloaded with clay and hard court events. Surely that's a bit unfair on those players who's best surface is grass?! :confused:

xan
Jul 5th, 2005, 01:00 PM
I personally would be a big fan of a longer grass court season. The current one is just over in a flash, yet we're overloaded with clay and hard court events. Surely that's a bit unfair on those players who's best surface is grass?! :confused:

It certainly is. The US and AO both used to be grass events. Now grass is confined to four weeks!

I don't thing RG should be allowed to push forward into the grass season. These french must be stopped.

Andy T
Jul 5th, 2005, 02:52 PM
There should definitely be an extra week between RG and Wimbledon with Wimbledon moving a week later. Eastbourne should become a Tier 1 and a new tier 2 or 3 should be introduced between Eastbourne and Wimbledon.

selyoink
Jul 5th, 2005, 02:56 PM
I also think there should be an extra week inbetween them. Add one more grass court event that could be either a Tier I or II. They are too close together as things currently stand.

DA FOREHAND
Jul 5th, 2005, 04:03 PM
Keep it the way it is....Justine lost in the first round because she got outplayed, just as Serena was outplayed in the 3rd.

I say if players are lacking preperation they should modify thier schedules.

Andy T
Jul 5th, 2005, 06:35 PM
Keep it the way it is....Justine lost in the first round because she got outplayed, just as Serena was outplayed in the 3rd.

I say if players are lacking preperation they should modify thier schedules.

In both Serena's and Justine's case, this isn't fair. Serena's prep was severely hindered by her injury and Justine's by the combined effects of the virus and her success in Paris. An extra week may have enabled them to come to Wimbledon in better form. Conversely, Venus had an extra week to prepare because of her early exit from Paris.

In spite of winning, Federer mentioned that he arrived at Wimbledon feeling incredibly tired after Paris and a warm-up at Halle.

It seems that given the drastic surface change and the gruelling nature of clay court tennis, it is in the interests both of tennis as a whole and of all the players to space out these two events by a week.

monster
Jul 5th, 2005, 11:12 PM
There shold be at least 1 extra week's break. 1 month would be great.
I don't see that being a drama on the calender- the tournements are already there-
You woudl have
1.French Open
2. s'hergonbosh mens and ladies
3. Birmingham & Halle/Queens
4.Eastbourne & Nottingham
They could also play Newport the same wek as s'hergonsbosh
I think this move is more important than the Oz Open move (which is wonrg-- the season should just ifnish earlier in the year!)

Pengwin
Jul 5th, 2005, 11:14 PM
Have them at the same time ;)

Now we'll see who's laughing Mr. Chirac :p

Mon.
Jul 5th, 2005, 11:37 PM
I have always thought that Roland Garros and Wimbledon are too close together. There should be at least a week more in between RG and Wimbledon, cause the grass season is just way too short.