View Full Version : You know what would have been a funny experiment?

Brian Stewart
Dec 29th, 2001, 03:21 PM
Lot's of tennis media were quick to bash the WTA's ranking system this year. Not because they cared about it and wanted it to improve. Simply because they only follow 4 tournaments a year and the rankings didn't match the results of those 4 events exactly, plus they wanted to bash the women in any way possible.

The WTA announced a revised rankings points chart almost immediately after the season. But you know what would have been funny? If the WTA would have said that they were giving more points to the slams, then either:<br />(a) not changed anything, or<br />(b) bumped up the round points for all tournaments, but kept the proportions exactly the same (essentially taking the 2001 system, and just multiplying it), and adjusted the quality points accordingly.

Then, just sit back and see if anyone notices. If someone has the consistent success of a Venus or Lindsay, with a slam title or two, and plays a full schedule, they would earn the #1 spot. Then we'd see some articles about how much better the "new" system was. And the tour could turn around and show it was the same system they had criticized the prior year. That would expose how little the tennis media knows about/ pays attention to the women's tour, and the real motivation behind the criticisms.

Now THAT would be funny!

Williams Rulez
Dec 29th, 2001, 03:27 PM
LMAO.... provided you get the correct winners <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

But then the media will always have something to say, so nothing wille very satisfy them <img src="rolleyes.gif" border="0">

Dec 29th, 2001, 03:38 PM
So true <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

the media can be so fickle, not sometimes but alot of the time.

Dec 29th, 2001, 03:43 PM
I agree completely.

The ATP, for example, is really really lucky that the Masters Cup winner has been year-end no. 1 twice now. That's just accidental. They could have a slamess no. 1 as well, and everyone would be crying.

Dec 29th, 2001, 10:36 PM
I'm sure the tennis media would hardly notice. The women's tour is still ignored by them. Recently my local newspaper ran a story about the future of dutch tennis and managed to leave out the women entirely.