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Martina, Agassi flay scheduling

New York: Martina Navratilova claimed that the scheduling at the US Open is the worst she has ever seen, while Andre Agassi has also voiced concerns.

“It’s the worst schedule that I have ever been a part of in any Grand Slam,” Navratilova said. “The other players, they would say the same thing. But they haven’t played in as many Grand Slams as me.

“I don’t remember it this bad ever. The structure of who makes decisions needs to change,” Navaratilova said. “They have not been consulting players.”

“The people who make decisions aren’t allowed to make decisions. Nobody can make a decision and the ones than can will not until they absolutely have to. Their motto is ‘Don’t do something. Just stand there.’ It’s very frustrating.”

A review of the ‘Super Saturday’ line-up, which enjoys very high television ratings, will be undertaken next year with an eye toward possibly moving the men’s semi-finals and women’s final to different days.

Agassi’s concern is that the men’s semis and final not be played on consecutive days, a staple of the US Open.

That could mean shifting the men’s final to Monday or playing the first round in two days instead of three.

“Playing matches back-to-back can have their toll,” Agassi said. “Sometimes it’s mental as well. It has always been difficult. It makes winning a little bit more special but it’s something you wish you didn’t have.”

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