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The Season Ending WTF !!!!

Sorry if this is part of the wider discussion on the ATP changes. Please merge with any appropriate threads.

I didn't realize that the season ending T.M.C is going to be rechristened the season ending W.T.F!!!! What a silly name in this era of internet lingo.

What's in a name?

by: James Martin,
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Like most tennis fans, I suffer from an inferiority complex. How can I help it when tennis is given short shrift in the mainstream media? Just this past weekend, I had to wait for the U.S. Open men's final to start because a football game hadn't ended. And after all that waiting I get …Liza Minnelli.
Such is life. I've come to accept that the American public will never embrace tennis the way it loves its football. I get it: Football has blood and broken bones, egomaniacal players, and those awesome pregame shows with so much faux male bonding that I grow chest hair just watching it.
Pass the beer, bro.

Tennis will never become a huge, Joe Six-pack sport and that's fine by me. The pro game should wear its niche colors proudly. But it doesn't. Commentators (yeah, you, Dick Enberg and John McEnroe, to name just two) incessantly talk about ways to "fix" the sport, which only reinforces its inferiority complex.
And the powers-that-be often shoot the game in the foot by dreaming up Byzantine ways to keep tennis as marginal as possible, or make it sound as cheesy as possible. You only have to watch the U.S. Open trophy ceremony -- an annual rite of crass game-show-style commercialism -- to see that.
But the award for bone-headed play of this season goes to the ATP. Just recently, it announced that in 2009 it's replacing the nine Masters Series events with nine "1000" status tournaments. Catchy, isn't it? Granted, this is just a change in name (it's the same nine tournaments), but it's a dumb change. The Masters Series actually has been one of the few marketing success stories in pro tennis over the past couple decades. The name has built up some cache.

That's all gone the way of the wood racket now.

By the way, there are also 500 and 250 level tournaments; the numbers, in case you didn't know (and why would you?) tie into the total number of points awarded to the winner of each tournament. The ATP says this branding will work based on "extensive consumer research" and make the tour more "fan friendly." I agree, if those fans have a fetish for meaningless numbers.

Earlier this summer, the ATP also renamed its season-ending event. No longer the Masters Cup, in 2009 it will be called the ATP World Tour Finals -- otherwise known as W.T.F. Which is also short for What the … ? One of pro tennis' greatest struggles is to help fans understand which tournaments, out of the gazillionplayed each year, matter most. The women's tour has done a terrible job at this. Yes, they have Tier I events, but can you tell me which ones are designated as Tier I? Or how many there are? Thought not.
The branding of the Masters Series was simple. "Masters" signifies importance. And before it was called the Masters Series it was dubbed the "Super Nine," another basic, intuitive branding. But 1000? It's relatively meaningless. How will fans know there's not a 2000 level event? Or a 1,000,000-level event?
Leave it to tennis to mess up one of the few things that actually works.
This is change for change's sake, and will serve to yet again confuse the fans and make them want to watch football. Speaking of which, I hear the NFL is renaming the Super Bowl the Inter-Galactic Football Championship Finals.
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post #2 of 37 (permalink) Old 09-13-2007, 03:58 AM
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Re: The Season Ending WTF !!!!

hmmmmmm... I guess the content of my post should be very predictable now... WTF??
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Gay Name Changes!!!
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Wimbledon Upsets:
Safin def. Djokovic 6-4, 7-6, 6-2
Schuettler def. Blake 6-3, 6-7, 4-6, 6-4, 6-4
Kudryavtseva def. Sharapova 6-2, 6-4
Tipsarevic def. Roddick 6-7, 7-5, 6-4, 7-6
Dancevic def. Nalbandian 6-4, 6-2, 6-4
Zheng def. Ivanovic 6-1, 6-4
Tanasugarn def. Jankovic 6-3, 6-2
Radwanska def. Kuznetsova 6-4, 1-6, 7-5
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Time to string up EDV now. What a maroon. Fortunately there's time for Fed/Nadal/Joko to lead a coup at ATP headquarters and place their strong man in place.

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That is hilarious. Or at least it would be if it wasn't so sad. Change things that are fine as they are, and refuse to address real issues. Great idea.

I remember watching some final last must have been Cincinnati because the commentators were actually apologizing that the final was not Federer and Nadal. I remember thinking "Way to talk up your sport, guys!" I don't get why tennis has such self-esteem issues. I totally agree with everything in this article.

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if it wasn't for the shortened version: i do kinda like the new name. "world tour finals" sound great to me.
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TMC becomes WTF><???

Now the top players will probably boycott the event, because nobody would want to be referred to as the "WTF champion" <
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Are they completely nuts? Is there anyone in the world who has any knowledge about Internet, who doesn't read WTF as what the fuck?

This better be a joke...

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globalization...everything has to sound worldwide, it's sort of pc.
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Originally Posted by CmonAussie View Post
TMC becomes WTF><???

Now the top players will probably boycott the event, because nobody would want to be referred to as the "WTF champion" <
The WTF help us.

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Aside from the acronym, it's just not even catchy. World Tour Finals? Seriously, WTF???

Gewehre wegwerfen!

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Muahahahaha, I want Davydenko to win this sexy title
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Holy crap. Are you KIDDING ME? WTF? bwhahahahahahaha.

Oh, Etienne. What would your Disney friends say to such language???

WTF. Hee.
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Re: The Season Ending WTF !!!!

I think the ATP are listening to the fans.

Usually when Disney suggests something the reaction is "What the Fuck", sorry that should be WTF.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".

Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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