ATP Europe chief suggests four-game sets
February 16, 2004
FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- It would take less time to hear ``Game, set, match'' if the new head of ATP Europe has his way.
Tennis matches should be shortened so players have to win four games, rather than six, to claim a set, Horst Klosterkemper suggested in an interview published Monday on the German Web site www.sport.ard.de.
That would make the sport more attractive for TV, he said. ``We should not stick to tradition so much,'' Klosterkemper said. ``We have to ask the fans and the media which rules have to be changed and how we can present ourselves better.'' He said research has shown that many fans switch channels at the beginning of sets.
I think 4 game sets are not wise. Not enough time to get into the match - too "quick" as far as momentum. I think it'd be bad for the sport, personally.
A man may fight for many things. His country, his friends, his principles, the glistening ear on the cheek of a golden child. But personally, I'd mud-wrestle my own mother for a ton of cash, an amusing clock and a sack of French porn.
Don't like the idea. What if so and so shells out $$$ for a ticket to the final, and the end result is a 4-0, 4-0 match. So and so spends $$$ on a match that lasted 10 minutes...which is pretty much a commerical break. I would be pissed.
That sounds like the kind of idea from someone who's never played tennis in his life. Tennis didn't get to be the worldwide sport it is today by changing its rules constantly! It's really depressing when someone with such stupid ideas gets in a position of influence.