Since there was talk recently (in another thread) about maybe changing the point distribution for Premier events some time in the future, here's a crazy idea.
Instead of coming up with a way to award different points for different types of Premier events, maybe we should do something to improve the point distribution throughout all three categories of tournaments that we play now.
To explain... At the moment a player can win (bonus included):
- a maximum of
177 points at a 32-draw IS event
- a maximum of
280 points at a 64-draw Premier event
- a maximum of
447 points at a Grand slam.
If we would start counting points differently in some of those categories, we would not only make ties at the end of some tournaments less probable, fluke runs to bonus points by a "correct guess" of a surprise in the final less common, but also give more importance to bigger events.
What I'm proposing is that we keep everything exactly the same only in International series events. But changes would occur in Premiers and Slams. Individual correct picks in Premiers wouldn't start with 1 point (for every correct guess in R1), but with 2, which would make the correct pick in the final worth 7, 8 or 9 points, depending on the draw size. At Grand slams, we would start at 3, so a correct pick in the final would be worth 9 points.
The result would be that with this model a player could win (bonus included):
- a maximum of
177 points at a 32-draw IS event
- a maximum of
343 points at a 64-draw Premier event
- a maximum of
701 point at a Grand slam.
This way, a typical Premier would be worth about twice as much as an IS, while a Slam would be worth twice as much as an average Premier. Currently, an average Premier is worth about 60% more than an International, while a GS is worth about 60% more than a typical Premier. In real tennis, a Slam is worth about 3 times as much as an average Premier and almost 7 times as much as an International.
Of course, I'm not suggesting this for 2012, but starting with 2013.
Anyway, just a thought. I'd like to see your views on the subject