Australian Open too early in the year?

(Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

(Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

But then what would happen to the rest of the already crowded calendar? Move some tournaments up before the Open?

Rafael Nadal keen to call time on early slam

The Spaniard said he would “love it” if the tournament was shifted to a February timeslot “because we are playing one of the most important tournaments of the season after one week”.

“The only thing is that it’s a little bit early, the tournament,” Nadal said.

“It’s too early and I think, for my style of game, I need a little bit of rhythm.