Originally Posted by Serena Sharapova
Doubles are for the players that CANT win major titles on their own.
Unfortunately, due to financial considerations, there is some truth to this statement. Many of the best singles players in the world don't play doubles because it just isn't worth their time. Why risk injury or tire yourself out playing doubles, when it might take away your singles performance? Singles pays a lot more.
I love doubles. I like playing doubles and watching doubles. Wish they'd show more of it on T.V. Went to the Tour Championships on the Sunday when they played the singles and doubles semis. Watched all 4 matches. They played singles matches first, then the doubles. Must say that it was a bit depressing being in the Staples Center for that last match. There were very few people left in the building (and a LOT of trash under the seats). I intentionally got there an hour late because I didn't want to watch two full singles matches. Unfortunately, both singles semis went 3 sets, making for a very long day of tennis.
It would be nice if more of the top singles players played doubles too. My suggestion to encourage this would be have a single UNIFIED ranking system, as opposed to separate singles and doubles rankings. Results from singles and doubles would all go towards this one ranking. This would encourage skilled singles players to play more doubles. It would also elevate the status of skilled doubles players.
The singles rankings take into account skill on grass, hardcourts, and clay. It's about time they also take into account skill in doubles. It's time to do away with 'singles' rankings, and have one UNIFIED rankings system.