Re: Should there be a 5th Grand Slam title?
Firstly, we're trying to shorten the season. Adding another 7-match (best of 5 for men) tournament isn't conducive to health. Secondly, what surface do you propose? Not many people actually LIKE carpet, and it's difficult to get a complex large enough for two 128 player draws, two 64 team draws, one 32 team draw, plus juniors, over two weeks, all indoors. Making it clay swings the balance of importance towards baseliners even more (something everyone is trying to alter). Making it grass swings the balance towards big servers (which is even worse). Making it on hardcourts just pounds the body too much. Thirdly, the grand slams are worth so much because of tradition, not because of arbitrary, contrived decisions. The Australian, US, French, and British championships have been contested forever. It's a natural extension of history to make those four the sites of the biggest tournaments. Russia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Argentina, Sweden, etc. didn't have a tennis tradition until much, much later. And although the British haven't produced a slam champion in decades, no-one would deny that Wimbledon is among the most iconic events in any sport.