Roger Federer has requested to move the Australian Open from January to February time slot. Last year Rafael Nadal may have defeated Federer and took away his No. 1 position in the ranking but Federer became the president of the ATP Player’s Council.
Together with other members and predecessor, Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia, the council discussed the advantages of moving the schedule of the major event to a later date. The adjustments will provide more tournaments and competitions to take place before the major event.
Moving the Australian Open will not only give more time for preparations but it will increase the anticipation of fans as well. January may be too soon for players, supporters, sponsors and advertisers. The postponement may also affect the Middle Eastern Tournament. One of the options discussed was to make the Abu Dhabi and Doha games to take place back to back. Both events will give more swing coming since they will be held around out-of-school holidays. The only issue is that it can be quite a challenge to control the excited crowds of Melbourne Park.
Federer’s leadership skill is confirmed when it has trickled down to the courts. His success against Carlos Moya of Spain yesterday showed a 6-2, 6-3 record. It helped emphasized that his experiences and exposures in tennis competitions strengthen his integrity in making right decisions.