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Federer calls for shorter season

Swiss tennis ace Roger Federer says shortening the ATP Tour season would benefit players and tournament organisers.

Speaking at a news conference at the Paris Masters on Tuesday, Federer said that the schedule had improved since he started on the tour.

However, the 16-time Grand Slam winner admitted that he would like a longer offseason.

"Four weeks is just not an offseason, really. Six weeks is much better," said Federer, “already at least you can take two weeks off and practice for four weeks, which is a lot for us in our world.”

The ATP board of directors will meet during the ATP Tour World Finals in London next week to vote on schedules for 2012 and 2013. Some of the proposals being considered would shorten the calendar by two or three weeks.

Federer will start against Richard Gasquet in Paris and said he hopes to improve his best result here, because "quarters is just not good enough for me."

swissinfo.ch and agencies


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