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Ideas to improve the YEC

I have noticed that the once very prestigious YEC is sadly viewed as being of little more importance than an ordinary TMS event among tennis fans. What can be done to restore some of its lost esteem? These are my thoughts.

* Get rid of the boring and confusing group stage - KO from the get go.
* Make all rounds best of 5 (tiebreak in all sets).
* Invite the top 16 instead of just the top 8 - not enough rounds otherwise.
* Give the winner a ridiculous prize check well in excess of any slam's.
* Do something about the name - 'The ATP World Tour Finals' bl**s.
* Do not move it to a country without a rich tennis tradition ever again.
* Always host it indoors so it stands out among the major tournaments.
* Market it agressively - most casual fans probably don't even know what the ATPWTF is.

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*play it in outer space
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Re: Ideas to improve the YEC

Seriously

1. Kill the round robin and make it 1 loss is out
2. Make all matches best of 5 as an "Top 8 players Grand Slam" The points and Prize money are being paid as such anyway

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Serial posters only, please!

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Re: Ideas to improve the YEC

Top 16 would be a good idea if they were to get rid of the RR format. It would at least make things more interesting because at least the guys ranked 10-20 are often jockeying for ranking points, unlike the guys at the top where there are often huge gaps between the top two/three/four and everyone else.

If they keep round robin, go back to BO5 for ALL matches.

Also, seriously, change the name. "WTF" is a horrible acronym.

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Re: Ideas to improve the YEC

Alternate the surfaces - grass, clay, decoturf every year.
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Best of 5 final plz..


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At least a best of five final. It is the last match of the ATP season.
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What are you talking about. I suggest this tour to be cancelled, it makes top players prone to injuries cause they play top players at the end of the season and you want to extend matches to 5 sets. 5 sets are only suitable for grand slams.
I like this tour cause there are many good matches but you have to remember that the players are human and it is so exhausting to play 5 sets especially at the end of the season.

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Actually I'm agreeing with the OP on all accounts

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Just rotate it between clay, grass, indoor carpet and hardcourt outdoor every year and rest all is fine. I still can't understand why its always held on one surface when whole season is divided into so many surfaces.
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Just rotate it between clay, grass, indoor carpet and hardcourt outdoor every year and rest all is fine. I still can't understand why its always held on one surface when whole season is divided into so many surfaces.
And where would those clay and grass events take place in November that would fill the seats and make sponsors + players happy? Indoor carpet in november is not a coincident. Think outside the bubble.
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And where would those clay and grass events take place in November that would fill the seats and make sponsors + players happy? Indoor carpet in november is not a coincident. Think outside the bubble.
Clay in Buenos Aires or Sao Paulo. It's not that hard to have an outdoor event in November.

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Re: Ideas to improve the YEC

i think it would take too much effort to rotate every year from South America to Australia(grass, maybe?)to Europe and USA.
I would like to see an YEC on clay or grass but I'm ok with indoor carpet, too even if I'm not a fan of the surface. I think it deserves an important tournement now that Madrid is gone and Paris has changed surfaces( as I read on MTF, I'm not really an expert )

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It should be held in a city that already has a gs.
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