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ATP and WTA Tour Blog: Looking forward

Posted on September 24, 2012 in Pro Tennis Talk

Andy Murray has finally captured his first Grand Slam title at this year's US Open.

It’s an interesting time on the pro tour. It’s been a crazy summer, with Wimbledon, the Olympics, and then the US summer hard court season right after with no rest for the world’s elite. The players are tired after playing lots of matches in the last four months with not much dead time. “I need a holiday badly,” world number one Roger Federer admitted to Yahoo! Eurosport. “I’m wounded, tired, and exhausted and need some time off right now and see where I go from here.”

Meanwhile, the ATP and WTA tours shift to Asia in September and October, and then the ATP continues into the short indoor hard court season in Europe to finish the year. There are players fighting for the final couple positions in the year-end championships in London (ATP) and Istanbul (WTA), where the top 8 get to compete for the year’s largest purse. There are others in the top 100 that are looking to take advantage of the top players’ fatigue and gain valuable ranking points to strategically rise in the rankings for the start of the 2013 season and the Australian Open. Most of the players are tired, while at the same time many are trying to finish the year strong and gain momentum for the beginning of next year. Naturally, we will see some interesting results throughout the rest of the year.

Let’s look at the major tournaments on the men’s and women’s side that we have to look forward to for the rest of the year…

10/1: China Open (Beijing, China), Japan Open (Tokyo, Japan) (ATP 500 events)
10/7: Shanghai Rolex Masters (Shanghai, China)(ATP 1000 masters event)
10/22: Valencia Open (Valencia, Spain), Swiss Open (Basel, Switzerland)(ATP 500 event)
10/29: BNP Paribas Masters (Paris, France)(ATP 1000 masters event)
11/5: Barclays ATP World Tour Finals (London, England)(ATP’s top 8 ranked players)

9/23: Pan Pacific Open (Tokyo, Japan)($2 million prize money)
9/29: China Open (Beijing, China)($4.8 million prize money)
10/15: Kremlin Cup (Moscow, Russia)($740K prize money)
10/23: BNP Paribas WTA Championships (Istanbul, Turkey)($4.9 million, WTA’s top 8 ranked players)

So that’s what we have to look forward to over the next couple months! Stay tuned for more ATP and WTA tour blogs…



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