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So what is the scenario in case of washout tomorrow? Do they postpone semis for friday?
 

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So it's raining (likely) and they don't start play till 2pm...

Anyone see the stupidity in this?:SNE:
You can't put a match a 11am when all the tickets you sold are for 2pm :shrug:
 

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The rain stopped and they need to get Martic/Marketa done today and they'll be okay
 

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The rain forecast looks quite good for the remaining 4 hours.
 

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Looking at the schedule, cool to see Hantuchova and Safina doing the Legends.
 

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Vondorousa is the better off the ground. Actually these slow conditions may help her more, as she has time to set up.
 

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Tomorrow will the 2 womens QF be played both at 14:00 :eek:
Starting both QF matches at the same time is insane.
Tomorrow they will have the two biggest WTA stars left in the draw playing at the same time.
(Although Vondrousova might win the event.)
They have 15 hours of sunlight in Paris this time of year. They could easily stagger the mens and womens matches over a long period.
The RG management are painting themselves into a corner if it rains. Starting the matches at 12:00 would give them an extra 2 hours.
The scheduling would have to done a year in advance.
 

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The two QFs today were always going to be scheduled at the same time as the two players that will win won't have a day of rest and will play tomorrow.

That way, they both have the chance to have the same kind of rest and none of them gets stuck in some kind of postponed drama while the other is through.

It's just pure logic and fairness.



This whole talk about starting at 12 is pointless too. Tennis is a business that has to respect some things like TV rights to exist. And the owners of the rights certainly don't want two QFs happening when most Europeans are having lunch.
 

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The two QFs today were always going to be scheduled at the same time as the two players that will win won't have a day of rest and will play tomorrow.

That way, they both have the chance to have the same kind of rest and none of them gets stuck in some kind of postponed drama while the other is through.

It's just pure logic and fairness.

This whole talk about starting at 12 is pointless too. Tennis is a business that has to respect some things like TV rights to exist. And the owners of the rights certainly don't want two QFs happening when most Europeans are having lunch.
It's not happening at the AO and the USO though. All QFs are played at different times.

And I also don't get how it is better for TV stations to have two matches simultaneously because they can't show them both. I don't know how the situation/interest in the US is but I can't see how having Anisimova and Keys play at the same time is good for the US broadcaster for example.

It's the light issue. QFs usually tend to last longer than first week matches (except for WTA sometimes :lol:) so they'd never get four matches done and that would be unfair indeed.
 

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mens tennis is more popular, so it will always be scheduled at a supposed better viewing time for t.v. in particular. ( there are occasional exceptions, william's sisters, sharapova at her best.)

despite the fact i prefer watching the women's game, nothing will change until we get some really consistant top players who don't bomb out early, then maybe things change.

i'm not sure which was worst viewing, halep's thrashing of swiatek, or rafa's annihilation of nishikori, but rafa is a bigger star, so he gets a better slot.

MAYBE THE W.T.A. NEED A COMPLETE MARKETING STRATEGY MAKEOVER, or maybe the players just have to be better.
 

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The two QFs today were always going to be scheduled at the same time as the two players that will win won't have a day of rest and will play tomorrow.

That way, they both have the chance to have the same kind of rest and none of them gets stuck in some kind of postponed drama while the other is through.

It's just pure logic and fairness.



This whole talk about starting at 12 is pointless too. Tennis is a business that has to respect some things like TV rights to exist. And the owners of the rights certainly don't want two QFs happening when most Europeans are having lunch.
Agreed on both women's matches having to be played first. And if play were to start early, and there was next to no-one watching the women in the stadia, you can imagine the recriminations that would follow, especially on this forum.

All the same, this is going to hurt the four men playing today (and likely tomorrow), especially since Nadal and Federer will have two full days of rest between QF and SF.

In tennis, it is acceptable to start early and move matches around wholesale to make up for delays, but hardly ever in anticipation of likely disruption. In golf, the organisers can and do bring rounds forward if the weather forecast is bad. This is especially the cases in the USA, where bad weather often means dangerous thunderstorms. The final round of this year's US Masters was brought forward a full 5 hours, meaning play finished on Sunday at 2pm Eastern time, or 11am Pacific. Something similar happened with the 3rd round (Saturday) of the 2014 British Open. Clearly, the broadcasters would not have wanted such radical disruptions in either case. But both tournament organisers had the welfare of 50,000+ people to deal with, even though in the case of the British open, the really bad weather never materialized.

As for when most Europeans have their lunch: There's just too much variation across the continent in terms of culture, climate, work practices, etc. Bringing forward the start of play might actually suit some. But it seems it certainly wouldn't suit the French. To paraphrase Shakespeare (and Tolkien) : "Come not between a Frenchman and his lunch" ;)
 
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They could play between showers. After all, the juniors played for an hour earlier today. But they'd have to be quick with covering/uncovering.
 

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The chance of rain is at about 80-90% for the whole day. Don't expect any play today, but who knows what the sky will do.

Meanwhile, I wanted to fill the gap up with watching the WTA 125k of Bol... No chance as it's only on WTATV but not on DAZN or any other channel. They used to cover those events for free.
 
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