It has been announced that for 2012 and 2013 players will receive an additional two weeks break at the end of season. The changes were announced by president and executive chairman of the ATP, Adam Helfant.
“I’m pleased to announce that at a meeting of its board of directors on Saturday, the ATP approved and issued calendaring for the 2012 and 2013 ATP World Tour seasons that extend the off season to seven weeks.
To be clear, our 2011 calendar, which was approved and issued earlier this year, provides for a five-week off season, which is the period from the end of the 2011 ATP World Tour Finals, until the beginning of the first week of the 2012 ATP World Tour season.
Our 2012 and 2013 calendars each provide for the seven-week off season, meaning that our players will have an additional two weeks to spend away from the rigours of life on tour before taking up the cause again in the following year.
I’m happy to say that these new calendars and the expanded off season reflect the broad consensus among our members that the players, and really the sport as a whole, needed a longer break. It didn’t take long to find that consensus.
Essentially in order to achieve the two week longer off season, we found a way to remove a week of 250 events during the latter part of our season, meaning after the US Open, and remove the off week between our Paris Masters and the ATP World Tour Finals.
We did by moving events earlier in the season without reducing the number of events on tour.”