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If you could change things on WTA tour to make the tour better what would it be.

My list would be I would scrap the tier 1s and have the same thing as the have on the mens side with the Master Series. And the Championship race as well so it all leads up to the tour end champs. I call it the Champs on the women side i think. I just feel it would bring more people in to the sport outside of the grandslams.
The next thing in would do is change Grandslam Final to best of 5 sets as well as the tier1 (or champs as they are soon to be know by) final.
I just feel that it could allow for much better matches ie the French open maybe if it been best of five Kim could have settle down in the third set and it could have been a real match. I mean i do understand that the Women are not as physical strong as Men. and that there would not really be enough time at any torni for both Men and Women to play Best of 5 all the way thought. But on Women final day there is no real reason to me why it cant happen :worship: :worship: :bounce:
 

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I would also institute a rule requiring the top players to enter more tournaments with each other. This business of playing only 8 or 9 tournaments, most of them being slams is rediculous. Serena would have a few more losses under her belt and possibly a few less slams if she were required to commit to a full schedule!
 

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Along with your suggestion of 5 set final matches i would like to see a more even season with an equal number of hardcourt, rebound ace, clay and grass tournies, with a similar number of tier 1s tier 2s etc on each.
 

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yea do the Masters thing.....dont know why we do Tier Is anyway

also.....bring Hingis back. the game needs her.

no 5 set matches. the mens drag on. i prefer best of 3. def NOT make the seasons equal. hardcourt SHOULD rule, make grass season longer, make the clay season shorter, then u can have equal grass and clay seasons
 

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hard court season is already long enough
all Jan then 6 weeks in bFeb/Mar
then another 10 weeks from mid-July-end Sep.

Hard courts should be curtailed, its the reason why the players are having shorter careers.
 
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I would change the rankings system. You get a certain amount of points for playing a tournament depending on the level and how far you get. Then divide this by the amount of tournaments the player has played. Of course you need to play a certain number of events.
 

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I agree, the hardcourt season is really 2 seasons- the beginning of the year in Australia, then they move back indoors, then to clay, then grass, then more hardcourts.

Solution:

Australian Open moves to end of March, with a couple masters series events leading up to it (Indian Wells, Miami);

French Open moves to beginning of May

Wimbledon moves to July (entire tourney)

U.S. Open stays where it's at

This would allow for a break between December-February for the players to recover from all that hardcourt tennis and the injuries
 
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Best of 5 for women. NO way! 5 setters are so dull. It's not a case of the most talented player coming through, it's the one who can last longest.

Agree with the point about masters tournaments. Do you think there should be more mens & ladies combined tournaments?
 

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SerenaJWilliams said:
hardcourt SHOULD rule, make grass season longer, make the clay season shorter, then u can have equal grass and clay seasons
Hard courts definitely shouldn't rule. They're one significant reason we're seeing so many injuries - there's just much more wear and tear on the body if you're not cushioned by clay or grass. They rule too much at the top end as it is - we have four Tier Is plus two Slams on hard courts, as opposed to two Tier Is and one Slam on clay and just one Slam on grass. If anything, there need to be more hard/indoor Tier IIIs and below, and less hard/indoor Tier IIs and above.

A longer grass court season would definitely benefit the WTA, but just imagine even more ATP serve contests than we already do... no thanks.
 

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Reduce the hard court season. Read Boiled Egg's post.

Cut prize money-cut it by 25%. With the amount cut put it into a bonus pool and require a minimum of 14 events from each woman. If you don't play 14 you lose your bonus.

Set a maximum of 24 WTA events per season. If these dingbarts like Dokic can't protect themselves the tour needs to do it for them.

Scrap the age restriction rules and allow a number f events that equals a girls age per year. 14 at 14, 15 at 15 etc. until she's 18. This does not hurt a girl in the rankings.

Change the rankings system to the best of 14. Better yey, reward winning. An event winner should get DOUBLE what a runner-up gets. A runner-up gets double a semi, etc. I bet you'd get some real dogfights in the later stages of events and the excitement would build.

Slams should count double what they do now. It's crazy that Serena is less than #1 without a slam.

Move Wimbledon away from the French and get a grasscourt season.

Promote tennis around the world. I hope they push events like Hyderabad in India. and Shanghai in China. A top female from India or China would really make tennis international.

Kill the current Fed Cup system and go back to the old format of one week at one site. Make it worth WTA points to play.
 

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Oh-and if LA bombs as the site of the wTA finals do what the ATP does-move it around the world and rotate it yearly. If Brussels get pull in 100,000 fans one year then reward them by playing there again within 3 years.

It's too much of an American tour as it is.
 

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alfajeffster said:
I agree, the hardcourt season is really 2 seasons- the beginning of the year in Australia, then they move back indoors, then to clay, then grass, then more hardcourts.

Solution:

Australian Open moves to end of March, with a couple masters series events leading up to it (Indian Wells, Miami);

French Open moves to beginning of May

Wimbledon moves to July (entire tourney)

U.S. Open stays where it's at

This would allow for a break between December-February for the players to recover from all that hardcourt tennis and the injuries
Yeah, the French and Wimby are way too close. In fact, if they're gonna have lawn tennis, 4 events (3 in the space of 2 weeks, right after RG) isn't enough! (But you only need to shift one of these 2 Slams, not both). Oz has been debated hotly (pun intended), so I have nothing to say that hasn't been by "either side". Scoring I'll do in a whole other post sometime. No combination coach-dubs partners ala Tina Krizan, who fucked up Srebotnik last year that way. And no convicted embezzlers sponging off player girlfriends to stay out of jail (in let's say Frankfurt to pick a city purely @ random)! :eek: :p
 

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Slams should count double what they do now. It's crazy that Serena is less than #1 without a slam.
God no! Slams are already worth too much compared to other events as it is.

I should also add that if you took the rankings after 2001 Wimbledon, and made the Slams worth twice as much, Martina Hingis would still have been #1. :)
 

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Interesting proposals, but I disagree with a few of them.
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Set a maximum of 24 WTA events per season. If these dingbarts like Dokic can't protect themselves the tour needs to do it for them.
That's a genuinely bad idea. This will simply force some of the lower ranked players into ITF territory where they don't really belong. These are pros trying to make a living - who are we to tell them how much they can play?

There's no need to make a rule because of Dokic' apparent inability to limit her schedule. We should expect players to schedule according to their own best interest, and I suppose 95 percent already do. If not - that's their problem.

Jill Craybas may have played 30 tournaments over the last year, but how many matches do that translate into? Frankly, not a lot. The same is true for many other players outside the Top 40.
Slams should count double what they do now. It's crazy that Serena is less than #1 without a slam.
Slams already count for a lot, they even upped the tally recently to feed the Slam fixation. But the WTA is trying to run a Tour that spans a little more than 8 weeks. I doubt the organizers of the Tier 1 events will appreciate this. Their tournaments will be worth less, relatively speaking. And we might see even more top players skipping them to improve their Slam preparation.

If Serena can't play enough to hold onto that No. 1 spot with that enormous cargo of Slam points, it's her problem. I do think Clijsters should be rewarded for showing up at 10 more WTA events over the last year. And I'm sure the fans appreciated it.
 

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alfajeffster said:
I agree, the hardcourt season is really 2 seasons- the beginning of the year in Australia, then they move back indoors, then to clay, then grass, then more hardcourts.

Solution:

Australian Open moves to end of March, with a couple masters series events leading up to it (Indian Wells, Miami);

French Open moves to beginning of May

Wimbledon moves to July (entire tourney)

U.S. Open stays where it's at

This would allow for a break between December-February for the players to recover from all that hardcourt tennis and the injuries

If Aus Open was end of March.... its too close to the French Open
that would put Aus Open in early autumn in Melbourne.
no way thats gonna happen.


clay season would be pretty much dead
where you gonna put the American Green Clay events and Rome/Berlin events ????

anyway Paris at the beginning of May isn't warm enough.

French Open is at a pretty good spot.
Wimbledon should be either 1 or 2 weeks later

About the WTA rank points. the WTA changed it from average to best of to encourage the top players to play more (not to go hopping mad like you know who).

It was easier in the 80's and early 90's to stay at the #1 POS with only a few events outside the majors, as it was Average Pts.
 
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