Time for player power?
As the quality of men's tennis hits unprecedented heights and the top four players batter each other most weeks, things are getting serious off the court.
Andy Murray believes some form of boycott, while a long way off, will be discussed at next month's players' meeting in Shanghai.
The complaint is nothing new - too much mandatory tennis.
This has been talked about for as long as I can remember. Because there is no all-powerful governing body, there appears little room for manoeuvre in the current calendar.
The "big four" of men's tennis could wield their power to their advantage. Photo: Getty
If, however, the schedule was redesigned from scratch, it might make sense to play the Australian Open in March with the Asian swing, currently played in October, moved forward to February.
Perhaps logical, yet unworkable.
No individual or body within tennis has the power to make those changes. The tournaments, many of them rich and successful with proud histories, have their slots and don't want to move.
And why should they?
When the ATP stripped the Hamburg tournament of its Masters status a few years back, it ended up in court. The governing body may have won the case but it doesn't want a repeat.
The issue is now in sharper focus because the top four players are doing so well. As Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray push themselves to the final stages of pretty much every tournament they enter, with athleticism and sheer brutality rarely seen before, the strain on their bodies is increasing.
The players have to play four mandatory '500' ATP events, in addition to the eight 'Masters 1000' tournaments - and World Tour Finals, if they qualify.
It is surely time to cut this number from four to three? Either that, or upgrade Queens to '500' status, enabling a grass-court warm-up event to count towards the mandatory quota.
But the players need a consistent argument too. They have a considerable voice with representatives on the board of directors and an influential player council. And they don't have to play third-tier '250' events, such as Bangkok, which Murray has entered next week to try to eliminate jet-lag before the Shanghai Masters.
They also need to be careful when criticising Davis Cup scheduling, as Nadal did last week, because 17 of the top 20 players argued for the current weeks, against the ITF's wishes, back in 2009.
But essentially their grievance is valid. The sport has to do more to protect its star performers in these astonishing times of top-four domination. The time has come for tough negotiations and hard decisions for the long-term health of the sport. That's not to mention the leading players who, let's face it, are the ones who do the most to sell the sport to the world.