An unintended consequence of my last post is that it brought on an important discussion around the proposed calendar changes for both Tours. I laid out each Tour’s proposals in one handy document which can be viewed here.
This calendar is based on best-known info and I will be updating this document as more information becomes available.
While the WTA threw out an abundance of information in their recent announcements (see my last post), please bear in mind that some information is still forthcoming. That being said, I’ve left blanks in the WTA side that have yet to be filled in — again, this is a working document.
The information regarding the ATP’s slate was compiled from a variety of sources, and save for known changes reflected here, the structure of their events currently remains intact. Their calendar is reportedly reliant upon rebranding of the Masters Series. There have, however, been conflicting reports between the brand names of “Masters Series 500” and “Open 500”.
No announcement regarding the calendar will be made by the ATP until at least the U.S. Open. It’s also important to note that no formal announcement has been made by the ATP regarding their calendar, save for the introduction of the Shanghai Masters Series event.
The last, and most crucial note, is that neither organization has confirmed nor denied this structure. I would also be remiss if I didn’t give a shout out for the fine reporting by Matt Cronin at Tennis Reporters, which helped inform much of the WTA side.
A side-dish to this calendar revamp is that through the discussions between fans we might be able to create an alternate document — a fan fantasy calendar, if you will. While that sounds like a monumental undertaking, just remember that it’s all in good fun. And who knows? We may wind up rewriting the calendar ourselves. Stranger things have happened. I’d like to start that discussion in my next post, so save your thoughts. I’ll bet they’re good ones!
For the time being, feel free to leave your thoughts on the 2009 proposed ATP/WTA calendar.
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