It's the slowest part of the season, when both tours go to Asia and indoor hard courts, counting down to the end-of-season finales in London (ATP) and Singapore (WTA). Serena, Maria Sharapova and Simona Halep are the only players who have qualified so far, since 2014 Australian Open champion Li Na is not playing the event (and there are rumors she may be retired by then!)
There are only two ATP Masters 1000 series tournaments remaining, in Shanghai and Paris. There is only one Tier 1 tournament left on the women's side, the China Open in Beijing.
This year there is atleast some excitement that Switzerland might win the Davis Cup for the first time in its history, so Roger Federer could achieve something in tennis that he has not done before. This weekend that dream became closer when Switzerland beat Italy in the semifinal tie and will face France in the Davis Cup final in late November at a French venue on a surface to be named soon.