In the past the season ends at the end of November. In 2012, the season will end on the 12th November. By 'shortening' the schedule just means the same amount of tournaments, just WAY more compact. So the Paris 2012 final will be on Sunday 4th November and the first day of London World Tour Finals will be Monday 5th November. This is just absolutely stupid, no week gap. (And the London final will now be on Monday 3pm instead of Sunday 5pm, ATP obviously not going for viewers...) There is next to no time for the players to get to London, practice, rest, none of the usual WTF pre-media stuff (dressed in suits photo, PR stints etc). And here's something I don't believe the ATP have thought about, say the Paris 2012 final is repeated: Federer vs Tsonga And for London, Federer is in Group A and Tsonga Group B. This means that one of the players, indefinitely, will be expected to play the following day in London. And the only way you can stop that from happening is by: A) Fixing the World Tour Finals draw B) Making Paris non mandatory C) London organisers preying there's no two qualified players in the Paris final And B, without a doubt, will pi$$ off the Paris organisers. I would not be surprised if all the top players withdrew from Paris. This puts Federer in an awkward position, if he wants to get back on top yet defend his London crown he's gonna want to be in peak rest and fitness and that (ultimately) means having to dock a heavy 1000 points from his Paris 2011 win by skipping. What is MY solution? Here's the current 2012 calender set up: October 8th [Masters 1000] Shanghai October 15th [ATP 250] Stockholm/Moscow/Vienna October 22th [ATP 500]Basel/Valencia October 29th [Masters 1000] Paris November 5th [World Tour Finals] London This is what I would do: October 8th [Masters 1000] Shanghai October 15th [Masters 1000] Paris October 22th [ATP 500]Basel/Valencia October 29th [ATP 250] Stockholm/Moscow/Vienna November 5th [World Tour Finals] London Here, Shanghai and Paris are played back to back. Since they are both on other sides of the world make one non-mandatory and reintroduce Monte Carlo as mandatory, this gets the compulsory tournaments out of the way . This then allows the players the flexibility to have much (or as little) rest leading up to London and it's all down to the player how they schedule their time for the big YEC. To conclude: the ATP calender is a total mess.