The final version of the 2019 ATP Calendar was published and there are some important changes. The ATP Shenzhen Open, that was introduced to the men's Tour in 2014 with Andy Murray defeating Tommy Robredo after an exciting three-set final, will move to Zhuhai, the city that already hosts the WTA Elite Trophy in late October.
The ATP Zhuhai will take place from 23 to 29 September 2019, in the same week as Chengdu. It will feature a big prize money increase, by 27%, from $734,000 to $931,000, nearing the $1 million unit. As you have been knowing for some months now, in early February the Quito Open will be relocated in Cordoba and Dominic Thiem, Fabio Fognini and Marco Cecchinato are among the first players confirmed.
In general, all the 63 tournaments of the 2019 ATP Tour will increase their prize money. It will be the first time that all the 250 tournaments offer more than $500,000 in prize money, and also the first time that all the Masters 1000s tournaments offer more than €5 million in prize money Zhuhai is the tournament that increases prize money the most (27%), followed by Brisbane and Sydney (12.6%), Moscow (9.7%), Acapulco (8.4%), Canadian Open (7.3%), Monte Carlo, Rome, Paris Masters (6.9%), Cincinnati (6.8%).
Commenting on players not serving and volleying anymore, in an interview to Straits Times Billie Jean King said: 'It's a lot harder to volley today because of the velocity and spin of the ball from the strings and the rackets so I understand why.
One thing they have done well is they've brought back the drop shot because players stand so far behind the baseline it works. I think they could be going more to the net than they do. I don't think they are taught early.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title