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IV. WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS
4.01 Barclays ATP World Tour Finals - Singles
A.Competition Format
The tournament shall be a singles round robin format with eight (8) players. There shall be two (2) groups of four (4) players each with eight (8) seeds to be determined by the South African Airways ATP Rankings on the Monday after the last ATP World Tour tournament of the calendar year. All matches shall be the best of three (3) tie-break sets, including the final. The round robin shall determine the four (4) players for the semifinals with the format thereafter being a single elimination competition.

What the fuck is this? This is bullshit!

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What the fuck is this? This is bullshit!
what? it was this way this year

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what? it was this way this year

thanks for sharing

So? Doesn't mean it's alright. I was hoping with all the about the new tour, they would fix this mistake.

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So? Doesn't mean it's alright. I was hoping with all the about the new tour, they would fix this mistake.

It wasn't a mistake. Best of 3 final is fine
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3 sets or 5 it would be nice to have a competitive final. The last three have been fairly splat matches.
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It wasn't a mistake. Best of 3 final is fine

No, it's fucking bullshit. Like how they got rid of best of 5 finals in AMS tournaments and introduced byes for the top 8 seeds.

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3-set finals = bullshit.
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So? Doesn't mean it's alright. I was hoping with all the about the new tour, they would fix this mistake.
You were expecting something different for '09?

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3 set finals make tennis more desirable for TV networks to cover since the length of the match is more predictable. Sure, a 5-set final might be more fun, but I've got no problem with 3-setters if it means better coverage, which ultimately means more money coming into tennis.
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For TV networks in the USA since most Americans have short attention spans, no wonder they watch that crap called American Football where play is stopped every 10 seconds. I never had any coverage problems when AMS events had best of 5 finals.

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For TV networks in the USA since most Americans have short attention spans, no wonder they watch that crap called American Football where play is stopped every 10 seconds. I never had any coverage problems when AMS events had best of 5 finals.
Play frequently stops in less than 10 seconds in a tennis match. Do you have a short attention span too?

It's about scheduling, and this problem exists for all TV networks, including those outside the US. If a long tennis match (or any program) ends up extending into another program, then the TV network doesn't make as much money. Therefore, TV networks aren't as willing to shell out as much money to broadcast events with indefinite lengths. It'll still get shown, but the tournament/ATP won't make as much money. It's actually pretty simple.
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