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post #1 of 77 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 2007, 01:35 AM Thread Starter
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Which Format do you prefer?

Round of 16 (single elimination)
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post #2 of 77 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 2007, 05:54 AM
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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

The round robin by far. There's no need for non top ten players to be in the Year Ending Championship. The YEC is supposed to determine who the best player is. In a 16 player draw, someone could hypothetically win without once facing another top ten player. A top player would face a maximum of three other top players to win the title.

The Round Robin format is harder. One has to play 5 matches and must win 4 (possibly 3, but very unlikely)--all against top ten opponents. Thus, the MINIMUM number of top eight players one MUST beat to win the title is equal to the MAXIMUM number of top eight players one COULD beat in the R16 format.

I think the way people qualify is ridiculous, however. The ranking system obviously must revert to the divisor system. At the very VERY least, only a player's best 17 results should count towards YEC qualification. No need to have the Vera Zvonareva's and Marion Bartoli's of the world in the YEC over Jennifer Capriati and Nicole Vaidisova.

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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

I like the Round Robin system much better. It sets a target for everyone to strive for to make the YEC instead of a round of 16, where at least three players get in who probably didn't deserve to get in.

Round of 16 is brutal because it can reward those who basically played crap all year but have a lucky streak, and disadvantage those who play great all year but have an off day.

Round Robin is better because it still allows for players who lose a match to still be in contention of making it through the group stage.

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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

I like the Round Robin system with the best 8 players.
16 players sounds not bad. Therefore you would need 4 groups and the best 2 of every group will advance to the quarterfinals. A disadvantage would be that several players could be injured and it's possible that a player around rank 25 would play at the YEC.
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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

One stupid thing is that..
its quantity that puts these players in the YEC...

it should have been points/number of tournaments..
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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

round of 16

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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

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One stupid thing is that..
its quantity that puts these players in the YEC...

it should have been points/number of tournaments..
i disagree completely.... its good that some players play every week... great for the sport.

dellacqua • dokic • groth • molik • stosur
holland • mirkovic • moore • rogowska • wejnert
clijsters • hantuchova • jankovic • sharapova • venus
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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

Round of 16! I love knock-out

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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

Round of 16 is MUCH better. You would have Dementieva, Petrova, Vaidisova, Golovin, Schnyder.
You wouldn't have these same matches everyday. How many times can you watch Hantuchova lose in 2?
It works, and always has, with 16 top players.
This is unwatchable. Justine is in the semis on Wednseday. She plays a dead rubber today.
If Anna and Maria win, it's all dead rubbers tiomorrow.
This is stupid, and everyone knows it.
Last year who made the last semi spot depended on how many games Kim won, or if she retired. 3 different possibilities, depending on when she retires.

Now, nobody knows what Bartoli has to dio to get in the semi.

It's stupid.

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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

R16
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post #11 of 77 (permalink) Old Nov 8th, 2007, 11:16 AM
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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

The Round of 16 had suspense. The Round Robin format I find irritating because it veers away from the basis of tennis: once you lose, you're out. I don't like second chances at all.
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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

Definitely the round of 16 format. The dead rubber thing is annoying, there's not as much suspense because you know that even if you lose one match you can still go through by winning the other two. Some players also tank their 'dead rubbers', and even if you have a bad day you can still go through. One bad day and you should be OUT imo, that's what tennis is about.
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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

Top 16 by far....


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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

I hate round robin regardless of the format.

Round of 16. Get the 16 best players in the world together, they deserve it. To be #15 may not be as impressive as #2, but anyone in the top 16 can compete with the rest.

And the issue of dead rubbers others have brought up is very true.

Although I gotta say--YEC tennis is just terrible regardless of how you format it. It used to measure who the best was, now it just measures who the fittest is, which is unfortunately what most tournament victories mean nowadays, and I don't mean that as a knock on Justine or anything in case you take it that way.
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Re: Which Format do you prefer?

Round rubin by far
Not only because it's a special tourniment and not always every player from the top 16 deserve this.. (Like this year I'm not sure is Safina and Petrova deserved to be in, and if it was round 16 they were in)

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