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Over the last few years, a number of top 10 players have spoke out about having a longer off-season in order to rest and recuperate before the Australian Open in January. The ATP have finally responded to these calls, by extending the off-season to seven weeks, starting in 2012. The minor changes were achieved by removing the free week between the BNP Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals, which may result in top players opting to bypass Paris in order to concentrate on the last event of the season.
Although Roger Federer and Andy Roddick may not be around to witness these changes, they have welcomed the decision with World No.2 Federer saying that having a longer off-season is a “good thing.” Having an extra two weeks off will be beneficial for players like Nadal, who suffers from constant injuries due to his physical game and Britain’s Andy Murray who employs a rigorous defensive game which leaves him prone to fatigue.