I know there's alot of us who wish things were done on the tour differently, and that certain aspects of the tour had been well left alone. I doubt anybody will listen to us silly fans, but you never know. Here's my wish list for the changes i'd like to see on the tour.
- Bring back quality points. There's alot of controversy over the #1 ranking and how it seems so much easier to attain by just playing alot and having success in larger events with depleted fields. I think the quality points would make for more accurate rankings. Of course there's always the chance of someone running into a top player who's in very poor form (like Jankovic) and getting some rather undeserved points, but I think it works alot better overall.
- Bring back the old tier system for the tournaments. I thought this was a much better way of separating events than just "premier" and "international". I do agree with the WTA getting rid of the Tier V classification as they did in 2008 after the ITF introduced $100,000 events (and Tier V's were just glorified challenger events anyhow), I think the system worked alot better with Tier I-IV. It also made it seem like there were more events. As well, when we had Tier III-IV events instead of "international", I never heard the disparaging term "mickey mouse event", a term I truly hate since I just find it is disrespectful degrades these smaller events which are really the backbone of the tour (along with the challengers).
- Modify the schedule. Take those small international clay events that happen after Wimbledon, put them into the clay season and extend it by a week or two. Extend the grass court season by a week. Bring back the European indoor season.... it gives the season some coherency, rather than just throwing a bunch of Asian hardcourt events in amongst the few remaning European events at the end of the season. Actually, I think it worked best when they had the Asian hardcourt events (Tier II-IV) after the US Open, leading into the European indoor season. Having the year-end championships also seemed to work better as a constant indoor venue (such as Los Angeles or Munich).
- Get rid of the mandatory events. There's really no point - the top players just skip them anyhow with either no action being taken, or minimal discipline.
- Add some more events in different countries. I'd love to see a tournament in Africa - South Africa already hosts a men's event so why not a women's even too? The same goes for Serbia and Romania - plus, these countries are producing alot of good talent. It also blows my mind that there's no more Belgian events, given that this country produced both Clijsters and Henin (and I guess WHOOPIEmeyer too