The current composition of the ATP tournaments included in the seasonal calendar could undergo a crucial change in the near future. Something similar to an authentic revolution is ready to invest the world of professional tennis from 2023.
After months of discussions, the members of the ATP Board - half made up of players included in the Players Council - would have expressed a favorable opinion on these changes. Everything is still in the field of hypotheses, but it is reasonable to think that from 2023 the calendar will be transformed in a massive if not total manner within the framework of a thirty-year plan announced a few months ago by President Andrea Gaudenzi.
The main novelty would concern the most important tournaments immediately after the Slams and the Nitto Atp Finals, that is the Masters 1000. The general idea coming from the ATP managers would be to increase their prestige by increasing their duration up to 11-12 days.
in the wake of Indian Wells and Miami. From 2023 the competitions subject to this time extension could reach five: Rome, Madrid, Canada, Cincinnati and Shanghai. According to the ATP, this would involve twenty more days of work, all to increase the share of participating players (as the draws would increase and the cut-off point would drop).
ATP gives the ok to change the composition of the Tour
In addition, the possibility of increasing the number of Masters 1000 from nine to ten is being considered, which would not exclude the suggestion of creating one even on grass.
As a natural consequence, there would also be news regarding cash prizes. All these changes are aimed at increasing the revenue of these tournaments. The total prize money, according to the ATP document extracted from L'Equipe, would amount to 76.4 million dollars in year 1 of the plan, while today it is 62.5 million.
In addition, the ATP ensures that it focuses its efforts on improving transparency by conducting independent and external audits to check that everything that happens in the Masters 1000 is in order, all in the next 31 years.
The minor ATP 250 and 500 tournaments will not be exempt from transformations. As for the former, we evaluate the possibility of moving some of them (up to six) to the second week of the Masters 1000, receiving a subsidy to make up for any economic losses and open the doors to illustrious players eliminated in the first week of the 1000.
About the Atp 500, it seems that the possible measures in this plan include an increase in the number of such tournaments: from the current 13 it would go to 16, however the names of these three additional events are still unknown.