Tennis needs fifth Grand Slam to cure boring spring

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Tennis is a great sport, it really is. The excitement levels in its biggest tournaments and the sheer level of skill is really something to behold. However, can anybody really claim to get excited in the spring?

I'll be honest, I've found it tough as a tennis writer this month since the Australian Open. Finding articles to write is really quite difficult because the level of interest among most people in the ATP 500 and 250 events is really low.

Of course there are newsworthy topics. The current form of Rafael Nadal certainly feels you with some intrigue; what has happened to him? Will he ever get the top level again?  Will he even be in the top five of the rankings come the French Open?


However, even that current topic doesn't feel too pressing at the moment. The Spaniard is out of form, of course he is, but there's plenty of time and small, rather insignificant events for him to slowly find his touch.

What about the other top stars? - Well, Andy Murray has risen up to third in the world ranking without even playing - who'd have thought that would happen after a tumultuous  2014?

Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic, meanwhile, will be expected to meet in the final of the Dubai Open this week. Is that a prospect that really fills you with excitement at the moment? - Bravo if it does.


Visit the ATP website at the moment and you'll see these current tournaments at the moment, hyped up like they are a Grand Slam, but they are not and they do very little to fill a big void in the Spring.

Every other time of year is good. Summer: Obviously the best - you have back-to-back Grand Slams at the French Open and Wimbledon, while every four years you get the Olympics too.

Autumn, while quieter than summer, has the excitement of the US Open and the race that seems to grow in anticipation each year; the race to the ATP World Tour Finals.

Then, obviously, in Winter you have the culmination of the season at the ATP Finals and the pre-season for the upcoming season. Whose doing what at the training camp? Who's set for a big year? Who Isn't it? Plenty of speculation and debate is there to be had. It all kicks-off with the Australian Open.


But then you have Spring, right now. February, April, March - even early May - you have so many events but it doesn't feel as thought they are leading to anything. 

Surely another Grand Slam can be introduced into the calendar. The average sport-loving Joe doesn't generally watch tennis until the majors are in in town. They add a buzz and provide a spectacle.

They make money too...

Some sports can get it wrong by playing too many games which are supposed to be the biggest and best; Cricket is a huge offender, but Tennis goes the other way - there aren't enough exciting tournaments.

Ask a lot of people and I think that they might well feel the same...

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