View Full Version : Charlie Pasarell about the season ending

Mar 16th, 2003, 08:06 AM
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.

Q. Exhibitions.

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.

Mar 16th, 2003, 01:09 PM
Very true.

Mar 16th, 2003, 01:15 PM
i dont think the season is too long for the very the reason that you play as much as you want to. Serena plays 15 and under tounrments a year and dokic plays 30 + tournments a year. Its up to the individual to play as often as they like, venus decied to take much of the indoor season off and just went to end of year champs--that was up to her. if you are good enought to win the GS or at least get far and the tier 1's then why play week in week out?

I agree most players would hate to sit around for months on end not playing- a few weeks off and they will be itching to get back on court. They should stop moaning, i wish i was getting payed for playing tennis. :rolleyes:

Brian Stewart
Mar 16th, 2003, 11:47 PM
Charlie's right about this one. In fact, many of the players who were moaning about the season being too long were the most active in exos. If they're playing exos up until the week before Christmas, don't bark at the tour because you're tired at the beginning of the year. Physician, heal thyself!