Your perspective on the experimental format
Opening this thread to talk about the fan's perspective on the format experiment. This is how I felt at the opening day match for the Stanford Cardinal, current NCAA champion.
The change in format didn't really effect anything result wise, but it seemed very weird that they started playing without a warm-up between players.
There was almost no indication that they were starting, so the crowd is still standing and talking until people realized that the match had already started about three points ago.
The doubles matches were also too short. Doubles was too short for the likes of the audience and too short for creating good sports interest and drama.
Finally, the whole match took about 2 hours. What a waste of time. I took an an hour to drive there, and an hour back, and for that amount of time investment we just got two hours of condensed tennis.
Plus there wasn't enough "intermission" time to talk to my tennis fan friends. Continuous activity sports (!baseball), such as soccer, football, basketball, all have an intermission, (hockey has two) and they have now removed that from NCAA experimental format tennis. Give us our intermission time back between singles and doubles by returning the warmup.
From the opening match experience, I wished that they had not made these changes.
Last edited by 2nd_serve; Jan 25th, 2014 at 09:15 PM.