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Old Feb 16th, 2004, 08:08 PM   #1
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Euro Tennis Chief Suggests 4 Game Sets

ATP Europe chief suggests four-game sets
February 16, 2004

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) -- It would take less time to hear ``Game, set, match'' if the new head of ATP Europe has his way.

Tennis matches should be shortened so players have to win four games, rather than six, to claim a set, Horst Klosterkemper suggested in an interview published Monday on the German Web site www.sport.ard.de.

That would make the sport more attractive for TV, he said. ``We should not stick to tradition so much,'' Klosterkemper said. ``We have to ask the fans and the media which rules have to be changed and how we can present ourselves better.'' He said research has shown that many fans switch channels at the beginning of sets.

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I think 4 game sets are not wise. Not enough time to get into the match - too "quick" as far as momentum. I think it'd be bad for the sport, personally.
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Old Feb 16th, 2004, 08:11 PM   #2
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...what an eejit...the set would be over after the first break and hold...
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I really don' t like the idea of 4 game sets.
There will be not enougt time to get into the match or recover from the bad start.How many times we saw player coming back from 1-4 to win a set??
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Old Feb 16th, 2004, 08:13 PM   #4
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Old Feb 16th, 2004, 08:14 PM   #5
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Not to mention we'd see way more bagels/double bagles on the women's Tour.
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ridiculous.
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So we would get 22 minute massacres instead of 51 minute massacres? Idiot.
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Don't like the idea. What if so and so shells out $$$ for a ticket to the final, and the end result is a 4-0, 4-0 match. So and so spends $$$ on a match that lasted 10 minutes...which is pretty much a commerical break. I would be pissed.
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That sounds like the kind of idea from someone who's never played tennis in his life. Tennis didn't get to be the worldwide sport it is today by changing its rules constantly! It's really depressing when someone with such stupid ideas gets in a position of influence.
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didnt they come up with this like 4 years ago aswell?
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It's not a bad idea for the mens' tour, actually, as there matches do get kinda dull in the middle. For the womens' tour it's definitely a poor idea.
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Tennis matches should be shortened?? We already have sets lasting less than a half hour- if anything the womens matches need to be longer, they can't get any shorter...
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4 games? maybe if its going to be 5 sets. But still 6 games is better.
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Originally Posted by vamosferrero
I really don' t like the idea of 4 game sets.
There will be not enougt time to get into the match or recover from the bad start.How many times we saw player coming back from 1-4 to win a set??
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