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Can you believe, the 2010 pro tennis season is starting in just about a week. The year kicks off with events in Abu Dhabi – an exo! – plus the Hopman Cup, Brisbane, Doha and I’m sure I left another out.

Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal will play in Abu Dhabi. I know Andy Roddick, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters are signed up for Brisbane, so that should be quite the event.

As for the off season, I guess not much of one if you are a top tennis player. Unlike his peers, Roddick actually had a few months off. I know he banged up his left knee in Shanghai, but consider the guy’s season ended in mid-October so he should be fresh for the upcoming New Year.

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The ATP ruled this past week that the defunct Indianapolis tournament would be moved to Atlanta.

One has to wonder, does the summer ATP circuit really need a tournament in Atlanta? I say no. There are enough events as it is in the U.S. – I know the USTA who took a chunk of the tournament  will argue otherwise of course – and the players are already on the warpath of the schedule being too long.

Without Atlanta the tour would get a week off in the middle of July, and while it wouldn’t directly impact the length of the season, down the road in a few years perhaps that open week would get swallowed up allowing the summer to shrink by one overall week and maybe the tour ends a week earlier.

With Atlanta, it adds one more obstacle in the ATP’s effort to reduce the schedule. But young American and B-level players like Robby Ginepri, Kevin Kim, John Isner and James Blake have to be thrilled about having another chance to pick up ranking points.

I just wonder who many fans will want to see those guys play (sorry fans, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are not going to play!) in the sweltering mid-summer heat of Atlanta.

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