ATP season extended

  • By: Andy Schooler
  • Last Updated: January 21 2013, 17:12 GMT

The ATP is to extend its season in 2014 to provide a week's break before the season-ending World Tour Finals.

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Only last season was the schedule reduced by two weeks to give players a longer off-season.

However, this meant the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals began just a day after the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris finished.

Next season there will be a week between the two with the World Tour Finals at London's O2 Arena beginning on Sunday November 9. The final will be held on the following Sunday.

This means the men's season will end with the Davis Cup final on November 21-23. This season's last day is November 17.

ATP executive chairman Brad Drewett said there had been wide support for the change.

He said: "Following careful consideration and feedback from our tournament and player members, the prevailing consensus for the benefit of our key stakeholders was to reinstate a week's break in between the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris and our season-ending event in London."

Other changes on the calendar centre around the South American claycourt swing in February and early March.

As had already been announced, a new 500 event will be held in Rio de Janeiro. This will take place from February 17-23.

The four-week clay swing will begin in Vina Del Mar, Chile, on February 3 before heading to Buenos Aires, Rio and then Sao Paulo.

The current event in Acapulco, Mexico, becomes a hardcourt tournament. It keeps its 500 status but will instead bid to attract players looking ahead to the Masters events in Indian Wells and Miami. It will be played from February 24 - the same week as Sao Paulo.

Having been sold to Rio, the tournament in San Jose, California, is not on the 2014 calendar.

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