Re: Consolation draws in ATP
The idea is not entirely without merit, and many amateur clubs adopt it for their championships, but it wouldn't work in the professional game.
Firstly would there be prize money? If so, how much? If it was too little, nobody would want to play, and if it was too much you could have the ludicrous situation of players deliberately throwing matches to enter the plate. Also where would the money come from?
There is also the question of ranking points. The plate winner could not be awarded more than the difference between first round loser points and second round loser points, (45-10 in slams) or it would be a mockery.
Players would be better off saving their energy and entering the next Challenger.
As somebody else said, the round robin was tried to give fans more chance of seeing their favourites, and it failed dismally.
M. T. F.
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