View Full Version : Big Changes 4 Doubles Entry System, Players get 2 use their singles ranking 2 get in!

Dec 2nd, 2002, 08:10 AM

The Australian Open showed its support for the doubles game today with the announcement of initiatives to increase player participation, an increase in overall doubles prizemoney and the retention of the 64 player draw in doubles for the 2003 tournament.

In a first for a Grand Slam, players will be able to use their singles ranking for entry into the menís doubles, with the signing-in deadline extended until near the end of the first round of singles to allow entries from top singles players who make an unexpected early exit. The numbers of players able to use their singles ranking for entry into the menís doubles will be unrestricted.

The total prizepool for doubles at the forthcoming Australian Open will be AUS$3,654,456 (up three per cent) with $419,715 going to the winners of both the menís and womenís doubles.

The winners of the menís and womenís singles at the forthcoming Australian Open will see an increase from the one million dollar milestone reached last year to AUS$1,127,850, with $563,925 for each of the runners-up. The overall singles prizemoney is up 12.78 per cent on 2002 with the total prizepool also up over 10 per cent to an amazing AUS$18,180,000.

Australian Open Chief Executive Paul McNamee, said, ďAustralia, with its rich doubles tradition, remains a strong supporter of the doubles format and we are committed to growing the doubles pool alongside increasing total prizemoney for the tournament.

ďThe changes in entry conditions which allow an unrestricted number of players to use their singles ranking to enter doubles, coupled with a later signing in time, opens up doubles to more players and can only be a bonus for the fans and players alike.

ďWe are also continuing our commitment to equal prizemoney for men and women, in both singles and doubles, which underlines the wider commitment in Tennis Australia to developing the sport for both sexes,Ē said McNamee.

Menís & Womenís Singles 2002 2003
Winner 1,000,000 1,127,850
Runner-up 500,000 563,925
Semi-finalist 250,000 281,962
Quarter-finalist 125,000 140,981
Round of 16 losers 62,500 70,491
Round of 32 losers 38,400 43,309
Round of 64 losers 23,400 26,392
First round losers 14,980 16,897
TOTAL FOR EACH 5,322,029 6,002,450
COMBINED TOTAL FOR SINGLES 10,644,058 12,004,900
Menís & Womenís Doubles 2002 2003
Winner 407,490 419,715
Runner-up 203,745 209,857
Semi-finalist 101,224 104,261
Quarter-finalist 50,612 52,130
Round of 16 losers 28,550 29,405
Round of 32 losers 15,573 16,040
First round losers 8,760 9,023
TOTAL FOR EACH 1,774,008 1,827,228
COMBINED TOTAL FOR DOUBLES 3,548,016 3,654,456

The Australian Open sponsored by KIA Motors in association with Heineken takes place at Melbourne Park from 13-26 January 2003.
More tournament information can be found on the Australian Open website at www.ausopen.org

Dec 2nd, 2002, 08:12 AM
It appears that this system is only applicable to the Mens Doubles. I applaud it and think it is a step in the right direction to increasing participation by the top players.

Dec 2nd, 2002, 08:32 AM
Whaaaaaaat? I don't think it's fair as low ranked doubles players will have to travel to Australia just hoping one of the richest and best singles players doesn't feel like entering at last minute or they won't be able to compete...

Dec 2nd, 2002, 09:22 AM
This is SO not fair.

Dec 2nd, 2002, 09:40 AM
It's so unfair, at least it's only in mens doubles.

Dec 2nd, 2002, 10:13 AM
if they wanted to play doubles they would

stupid new rule from the ATP

anyways the top singles guys who want to play doubles always get a WC in doubles if they ask for one.

Dec 3rd, 2002, 06:35 AM
will seedings be done on doubles rankings or singles?

Dec 3rd, 2002, 09:46 AM
I think its because men's doubles tend to be dominated by doubles specialists. Its like having on the women's side Renaee Stubbs type players controlling the top of doubles and actually having the women's draw consist of only doubles players.

The ATP has attempted to "force" the top men to play hence the WC option TBE named. I mean if you look at it, Wayne Black, Kevin Ullyett, Mahesh Bhupathi, Leander Paes, Sandon Stolle, Vacek, Rikl, the Bryan brother's they are basically not even on the radar of singles, and hence no one knows who they are.

Dec 3rd, 2002, 10:14 AM
that means that a couple of the top doubles teams probably won't be able to play

Dec 3rd, 2002, 10:35 AM
thats still not gonna work IMO, either they'd play today or they don't give a damn.

Dec 3rd, 2002, 02:33 PM
Guys, do you really think that any top 10 or top 20 singles player will care about playing doubles after an embarrassing 1st round loss???

Dec 4th, 2002, 01:23 AM
Originally posted by spiceboy
Guys, do you really think that any top 10 or top 20 singles player will care about playing doubles after an embarrassing 1st round loss???

you are right.
Itīs unfair, Australia is not at the corner (for most of the players)

Dec 5th, 2002, 08:28 AM
The problem is what to make with the so far top40 doubles ranked players if the field is swept with top singles players ?

I doubt though that much of the singles players will enter the field rather than leaving for training after 4 weeks in hot Australia.

I agree with those who made the Stubbs-comparison though I believe that the Black-brothers are high profile players in their country and have a number of unexpected singles victories as well. Think of Wayne Arthurs f.e. as well.

All in all, the article says nothing about the guys that so far led doubles and no they cannot even travel to Australia being guaranteed to play ? That is such a problem for them not knowing what happens with them - unfair.