ATP releases 2014 schedule

Novak Djokovic celebrates defeating Radek Stepanek in the third round at the Australian Open tennis championship on January 18, 2013
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The ATP announces its calendar for the 2014 season, featuring a number of changes to the existing schedule.

The ATP has released its calendar for the 2014 season, featuring a number of changes to the existing schedule.

February will see a new four-week swing in South America, including the inaugural ATP World Tour 500 event in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

A week-long break between the BNP Paribas tournament in Paris and the year-ending ATP World Tour Finals in London has also been confirmed.

"Following careful consideration and feedback from our tournament and player members, the prevailing consensus for the benefit of our key stakeholders was to reinstate a week's break in between the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event in Paris and our season-ending event in London," said ATP Executive Chairman and President Brad Drewett.

Meanwhile, the ATP World Tour 500 event in Acapulco, Mexico, will change from a clay-court event to a hard-court tournament.

Russia's Ekaterina Makarova celebrates winning the first set against Angelique Kerber in the fourth round of the Australian Open tennis championship on January 20, 2013
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