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Things I Would Change About Tennis

1. I'd merge the ATP and WTA into one Tour, so all tournaments would have both men and women's fields. There would be one featured tournament and two smaller tournaments per week The big names who would be in action would all play in the featured tournament.
2. I'd have Martina Navratilova be commissioner and Pam Shriver be the Deputy Commissioner.
3. I'd allow coaching at all matches, to make it more interesting, to prevent fake injury timeouts and to give fans the chance to see players interract with their coaches.
4. I'd have a 3-4 month off-season.
5. The Australian Open would be in early March and the grasscourt season would be extended by two weeks.
6. I'd have all the players wear microphones so fans could hear everything, profanity included.
7. I'd have instant replay with 2 challenges per set.
8. I'd get rid of best of 5 set matches for the men, except for the finals of Grand Slams and Davis Cup.
9. I'd change the Davis Cup and Fed Cup formats and have each event held every other year over 10 days at one location.
10. I'd change the ranking system.
11. The featured tournament of the week would be a round robin event, comprised with a field of 16 players, four in each group, with the top player from each group making the semis. The other tournaments would be single elimination events with 32 player fields.
12. There would be a seperate union for the players.
13. The tour would have awards for men's and women's MVP's, Most Improved, Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
14. I'd make sure that tennis and the players got some decent promotion
15. Final set tiebreaks would be gone at all tournaments
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Cool, another comedy thread.
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4. I'd have a 3-4 month off-season.
Would never work. The board members wouldn't allow it. They'd have nothing to bitch moan and argue about for that lengthy period.
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yeah, i hope its a comedy thread, you just compiled everything that all the commentators say over and over again, most of these ideas would kill tennis, the only one i like is extend the grasscourt season

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1-Why do you think the women broke away and made their own tour ????
2- BJK would never allow it
3- fine for top 20, but what about the rest ???
4-you mean 3-4 months of useless exho's ???
5-they dont want it then
6-and you are a fan of Jen
7-see 6
8- that separates the boys from the men
9-Nothing wrong with DC accroding to every nation apart from you know who
10-change to what ??
11-and you're saying they play too much
12-and you'd be vice president of the union ??
13-the tour already has awards, in case you didn't know, and who'd win coach of year on ATP (Federer doesnt need a coach )
14- just cancel NFL
15-see 11

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yeah this thread is pretty funny. what would happen at the slams tho? all the top players would be use to playing round robins.

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1 I don't like the idea of merging the ATP and WTA into one tour. I see no reason for it that would benefit womens tennis.
3 This is one I like.
4 Four months is very long ! But,say,10 weeks would be fine. To avoid injuries I think it's more effective to not demand that the players participate in so many tournaments.
5 Yep,the grasscourt season is too short which puts players who love this surface at a disatvantage with the claycourt and hardcourt specialists.
6 No problem,as long as players don't get fined for obscene language and all that crap.
7 It's hard to understand why they don't do something like that already.
8 No,I don't see any reason for that. In fact,I would be in favor of five set matches for women in the Slams too. Could they do it? Sure,why not? Women run marathons,participate in triatlons,etc...
9 I would support a merger of the Davis Cup and the Fed Cup actually. Two men's singles,two women's singles and one mixed doubles,and each player would only be allowed to play one match. This is supposed to be a team competition,but many countries let all their matches be played by only two people. Hardly an objective way of finding out which country has the most in depth talent.
10 In what way?
11 Not bad. It would avoid the risk of popular players that sell lots of tickets going out after having played just one match. Having said that,the "you lose,you're out" formula is more exciting.
12-14 Yep
15 Agreed

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1. I'd merge the ATP and WTA into one Tour, so all tournaments would have both men and women's fields. There would be one featured tournament and two smaller tournaments per week The big names who would be in action would all play in the featured tournament.
2. I'd have Martina Navratilova be commissioner and Pam Shriver be the Deputy Commissioner.
3. I'd allow coaching at all matches, to make it more interesting, to prevent fake injury timeouts and to give fans the chance to see players interract with their coaches.
4. I'd have a 3-4 month off-season.
5. The Australian Open would be in early March and the grasscourt season would be extended by two weeks.
6. I'd have all the players wear microphones so fans could hear everything, profanity included.
7. I'd have instant replay with 2 challenges per set.
8. I'd get rid of best of 5 set matches for the men, except for the finals of Grand Slams and Davis Cup.
9. I'd change the Davis Cup and Fed Cup formats and have each event held every other year over 10 days at one location.
10. I'd change the ranking system.
11. The featured tournament of the week would be a round robin event, comprised with a field of 16 players, four in each group, with the top player from each group making the semis. The other tournaments would be single elimination events with 32 player fields.
12. There would be a seperate union for the players.
13. The tour would have awards for men's and women's MVP's, Most Improved, Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
14. I'd make sure that tennis and the players got some decent promotion
15. Final set tiebreaks would be gone at all tournaments

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1. I'd merge the ATP and WTA into one Tour, so all tournaments would have both men and women's fields. There would be one featured tournament and two smaller tournaments per week The big names who would be in action would all play in the featured tournament.
2. I'd have Martina Navratilova be commissioner and Pam Shriver be the Deputy Commissioner.
3. I'd allow coaching at all matches, to make it more interesting, to prevent fake injury timeouts and to give fans the chance to see players interract with their coaches.
4. I'd have a 3-4 month off-season.
5. The Australian Open would be in early March and the grasscourt season would be extended by two weeks.
6. I'd have all the players wear microphones so fans could hear everything, profanity included.
7. I'd have instant replay with 2 challenges per set.
8. I'd get rid of best of 5 set matches for the men, except for the finals of Grand Slams and Davis Cup.
9. I'd change the Davis Cup and Fed Cup formats and have each event held every other year over 10 days at one location.
10. I'd change the ranking system.
11. The featured tournament of the week would be a round robin event, comprised with a field of 16 players, four in each group, with the top player from each group making the semis. The other tournaments would be single elimination events with 32 player fields.
12. There would be a seperate union for the players.
13. The tour would have awards for men's and women's MVP's, Most Improved, Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
14. I'd make sure that tennis and the players got some decent promotion
15. Final set tiebreaks would be gone at all tournaments
1. The women started their own tour in 1971 for a reason.
2. If you're going to merge both tours, it would only be fair to have one of those two positions filled by a man (no, Martina doesn't count).
3. Wouldn't that lengthen the matches?
4. Be prepared to be sued by angry tournament promoters whose events you cut.
5. OK.
6. So much for bringing your kids to the matches.....
7. Who would serve as the replay official, the chair umpire or a separate official?
8. OK.
9. What format would you use?
10. Change it how?
11. How would you do qualifying for the round-robin events?
12. The ATP and WTA were both founded by the players for the players. They would be unionizing against themselves.
13. They already do.
14. How?
15. OK.

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play music during changeovers to get crowed pumped up. and interview the players between sets to give the home watching people some insight into the mind.
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Overriding point: There's no need to change the sport to make it more casual-fan friendly.

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1. I'd merge the ATP and WTA into one Tour, so all tournaments would have both men and women's fields. There would be one featured tournament and two smaller tournaments per week The big names who would be in action would all play in the featured tournament.
Why? It would actually hurt the smaller tournaments if they couldn't have at least a semi-big name playing. And as others have said, the women formed their own tour for a very good reason, even if all Larry Scott is doing is making them kowtow to the ATP nowadays.

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2. I'd have Martina Navratilova be commissioner and Pam Shriver be the Deputy Commissioner.
Tennis doesn't need a commissioner, it needs to have non-American corporate headquarters.

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3. I'd allow coaching at all matches, to make it more interesting, to prevent fake injury timeouts and to give fans the chance to see players interract with their coaches.
First of all, it would take away one of the integral parts of the sport, the fact that it is truly an individual quest. The mental/psychological aspects are very intriguing and unique to tennis.

Secondly, it would take away from Davis Cup and Fed Cup, the latter of which needs more help than harm.

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4. I'd have a 3-4 month off-season.
Players make their own offseasons -- some actually take time off, others play exhibitions like mad. This would not only hurt the core tennis fan base (which you do not want to alienate), it would also be bad for minor-league players.

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5. The Australian Open would be in early March and the grasscourt season would be extended by two weeks.
Only if the two weeks the grass takes up means hardcourt tournaments are stricken.

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6. I'd have all the players wear microphones so fans could hear everything, profanity included.
See overriding point

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7. I'd have instant replay with 2 challenges per set.
I might be the only person on the planet who thinks you gotta take the lumps of human linespeople. Nobody can help most linecalls. You want less egregious errors, train your umpires better.

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8. I'd get rid of best of 5 set matches for the men, except for the finals of Grand Slams and Davis Cup.
This would ruin fitness and finals. The GSes are special because the men have to work hard and win 7 best of 5 matches. Actually, I think the women should play best of 5 at the GSes.

Davis Cup is more about national pride, and some of the best matches have gone overtime in 5 sets.

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9. I'd change the Davis Cup and Fed Cup formats and have each event held every other year over 10 days at one location.
Nope, one of the very interesting things about DC is the fact that it's played over the year. Fortunes change for all countries, so its not like there's an unfair disadvantage.

Fed Cup should adopt Davis Cup format or be scrapped altogether.

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10. I'd change the ranking system.
To what?

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11. The featured tournament of the week would be a round robin event, comprised with a field of 16 players, four in each group, with the top player from each group making the semis. The other tournaments would be single elimination events with 32 player fields.
Um, what is the point of this? RR tournaments suck, especially if you have the same big-name players playing them week in, week out. It's also totally different strategy to play RR events and elimination events -- and would playing RR events truly help discern who are the great players from the merely good ones?

Sounds like you've fucked your mysterious ranking system.

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12. There would be a seperate union for the players.
Or, you could make the tours actually represent the interests of the players again. darrin: the ATP incorporated in 91 and became the governing body of men's tennis. Don't know about the women, but the ATP is not a players union.

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13. The tour would have awards for men's and women's MVP's, Most Improved, Rookie of the Year, Comeback Player of the Year and Coach of the Year.
See overriding point (and they already do have some of these awards). Tennis is not an inherent team sport, I don't understand what's so wrong with that?

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14. I'd make sure that tennis and the players got some decent promotion.
By making the stars play the "featured" RR tournament week-in, week-out and not go to the smaller events?

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15. Final set tiebreaks would be gone at all tournaments
Just GSes. Weekly tournaments have best of 3 TB sets because they have to stay on schedule.


BTW, I like how your suggestions are always transitory and never concrete. I see you hold all of these things near and dear to your soul.

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