... the champion's race was born.
and seriously, only 4 weeks off? that's bullshit. first of all, most of the players are not participating in the davis cup final, and therefore most player's seasons end sooner than that. second of all, many of them do not choose to participate in the first two weeks of the season, which are the aussie open runup tourneys.
one thing i completely agree with. the year-end championships need to be given more importance by the players, fans and media. they should be the #5 event all year long. if combining them will do that, i say great. however, it will look like the WTA is crawling to the ATP to save them from their disasterous year-ender.
i also like the ATP's rotating location for their year end event. big crowds are practically guaranteed in places like shanghai which do not get many major sporting events. the one downside? the american media tunes out because it's not held on their soil.
let's talk about the women for a second. what has happened to their year-end event is a travesty. it was once the crown jewel of the tour. that is, when it was in MSG, NYC. Munich was a disaster. Los Angeles was another disaster (though there is potential there). philadelphia is back, why not just shift the championships back to their rightful home? can anybody tell me the length of the contract the WTA signed with the staples center? how long are they committed to be there?
the one good thing they have done. changed the format to top 8, round robin, like the ATP. if they do decide to combine the events, at least the format matches. and i mean, who isn't excited about the matches that we'll get from that top 8 format?