With tennis notoriously resistant to change, the ATP under president Chris Kermode has pulled off a significant feat simply by staging the event. The French Tennis Federation told ESPN that it and the Australian Open are also looking to experiment.
The rule changes are aimed at creating a high-tempo, cutting-edge, and TV-friendly product, gearing towards attracting new and younger fans into the sport.
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"Being here is an important thing but for me the most important thing is everything that happened to me this year, the tournaments, competing almost every week with a very competitive level of tennis, being healthy until Paris", he said.
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It looks like Nadal will never play this event on his beloved clay.
"So it will be interesting but of course we hope he plays and hope he plays well really".
All matches start five minutes after the players enter the court.
The agenda is relatively radical and includes shot clocks, restricted warm-up time, no lets, toilet break frequency limits, and prize money for first-round retirees. Please be fully informed regarding the risks and costs associated with trading the financial markets, it is one of the riskiest investment forms possible.
Would victory over Federer to close out the season give Nadal a confidence boost? You can work on stuff, whereas if every point counts so much. there's no room for anything anymore. The current world No. 2 got the job done twice in 2015 (6-3, 6-2 in Indian Wells and 6-3, 6-4 in Basel) before winning 6-1, 7-6 (4) in the Indian Wells semis earlier this year.
However, the 16-time grand slam champion is adamant that he is ready for the gruelling demands of the star-studded season-ending event.
The world number two emphasised that the long format does not require much tampering as it helps a player to stretch a lead. He has been consistent the whole year-to the extent that he has suffered just four losses to go along with his 49 wins.
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