U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent - MensTennisForums.com
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools
post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 12:18 PM Thread Starter
1,000 Baby!
 
nobama's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Jony Ive's design cave
Posts: 19,909
                     
U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

After four consecutive years of rain-postponed men's finals, the U.S. Open is looking into changing its schedule as soon as next year and could become the first Grand Slam tennis tournament to switch permanently to a Monday finish.

Tournament director Jim Curley told The Associated Press in a telephone interview Wednesday that the U.S. Tennis Association started discussions last month with broadcaster CBS about finding a way to heed top players' calls for a day off between the men's semifinals and final.

Currently, the U.S. Open is the only major tournament that schedules those matches on consecutive days, Saturday and Sunday.

Roger Federer, whose record 16 Grand Slam titles include five at the U.S. Open, was among those who said during this year's tournament that it's time to rethink the schedule. He called Wednesday's word of possible changes "the right move for our sport."

One proposal under consideration would add a 15th day to the tournament, shifting the men's final from Sunday to Monday, and the women's final from Saturday night to Sunday afternoon. That also would give the women a day to rest between their semifinals and final.

The USTA also is considering keeping the men's title match in its traditional Sunday afternoon spot, but moving their semifinals to Friday.

The USTA board of directors has approved exploring various scheduling options.

"We're just getting into this process," Curley said, "and right now, everything is on the table."

The U.S. Open, played at Flushing Meadows in New York, has boasted what it calls "Super Saturday" since 1984, with two men's semifinals and the women's final all played on that day, followed by the men's final Sunday. Wimbledon, the French Open and Australian Open follow another pattern: women's semifinals Thursday, men's semifinals Friday, women's final Saturday, men's final Sunday.

"The sport has become much more physical over the years, to the point where players feel very strongly that they need to have a day between the semis and the final," Curley said. "While the players are an integral part of the U.S. Open, it's one aspect we need to take into consideration, along with onsite fans, TV viewers, corporate sponsors, television partners, both domestic and international. It's a Rubik's Cube, since so many variables need to be taken into consideration."

Changes might result in the loss of one or two sessions during the U.S. Open — under the present format, tickets are sold for 26 sessions, some during the day, some at night — and a change in TV rights fees received by the USTA.

"It's fair to say that this type of change would have a negative financial impact on the USTA, and that's another reason why we're being very thoughtful in this process. We're talking about millions of dollars," Curley said.

He acknowledged such losses "would have to have an impact" on any future plans to add a roof to the tournament facility.

CBS has aired the U.S. Open since 1968, and its current contract runs through 2014. CBS Sports spokeswoman Jen Sabatelle confirmed the network has been approached about a change.

"We have an ongoing dialogue with the USTA. They have been great partners, and we will work with them to come up with a schedule that makes sense for all parties," she said.

Curley said he hasn't talked about a potential schedule switch with the International Tennis Federation, which oversees the Grand Slam tournaments, because "the USTA, not the ITF, runs the U.S. Open."

While calling the scheduling issue a priority for the U.S. Open, Curley said he doesn't know when there will be a final decision. It would need to come by April, at the latest, if there's going to be a change in 2012, when the tournament is supposed to run from Monday, Aug. 27, to Sunday, Sept. 9.

"It might not happen in '12. It might happen in '13. I just want to be clear that the goal is to get this done," Curley said.

In a statement emailed to the AP by his agent, Federer said: "It's good news that they're reviewing the U.S. Open schedule. It's the right move for our sport. I am pleased that the USTA is listening to the players, and I am very encouraged with these developments."

nobama is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 12:20 PM
Banned!
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 5,509
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

Perfect time to discuss.
LawrenceOfTennis is offline  
post #3 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 12:20 PM Thread Starter
1,000 Baby!
 
nobama's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Jony Ive's design cave
Posts: 19,909
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

Glad to see the USTA is finally listening to players. Now hopefully CBS will come to the table too. The schedule is the way it is because of them.

nobama is offline  
post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 01:01 PM
When You're On The Poster
 
Johnny Groove's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: South Florida
Age: 26
Posts: 41,444
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

USTA keeps getting stupider.

Friday semis, Sunday final, how difficult is it?

Don't have the 1st round stretch over 3 days, mugs.

Follow my Youtube Channel for all my matches
Follow me on IG for the latest news, vids, pics, and memes
Quote:
Originally Posted by Novak Djokovic
Obviously, you play a lot of mind games with yourself, but it is important to always believe that you can play your best, perform your best, and in the end, your convictions are stronger than your doubts.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
If I took the time to respond to every criticism that came across my desk, there would be no time for constructive work.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Humphrey Bogart
The only thing you owe the audience is a good performance
Quote:
Originally Posted by Niccolo Machiavelli
There is nothing more difficult to take in hand, more perilous to conduct, or more uncertain in its success, than to take the lead in the introduction of a new order of things.
Johnny Groove is online now  
post #5 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 01:03 PM
Registered User
 
Rumour's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Hapa na Pale
Posts: 2,723
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

But why a Monday finish Starting the USO on Sunday would be much preferable IMO - except for New Haven finalists I suppose but certainly in the larger scheme of things...

ETA:
Quote:
Originally Posted by Johnny Groove View Post
Don't have the 1st round stretch over 3 days, mugs.
This too.

Rmr

The only thing you owe the public is a good performance.
Humphrey Bogart [1899-1957]
Rumour is offline  
post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 01:03 PM
Forum Umpire:
Gaston Gaudio
 
Action Jackson's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2003
Posts: 124,506
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

Stupid Saturday doesn't need to happen.

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".

Quote:
Originally Posted by Filo V. View Post
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
Action Jackson is offline  
post #7 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 01:30 PM
Registered User
 
coonster14's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 2,361
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

So they address the issue NOW??? Sure took them long enough.

1. Get rid of the 3 days for 1st round matches, they have more than enough courts to get all the matches played in the first 2 days

I just hope for a day of rest in between the SF and F, that's all, I'm not fussed over which days, whether it would be Saturday SF/Monday F, or Friday SF/Sunday F, as long as both finalists get a day off to recover then I have no issue with that.

NOLE - RAFA - ROGER - DELPO - MUZZA - TSONGA

Also supporting: Rusty, Pics, Nalby, Nando, Baggy, Kei, Isner, Blake, Kolya, Berdych, Richie, Soderling, Gil

Ana - Wozzy - Vika - Kimmy - Makiri

AGASSI,RAFTER,SAFIN
coonster14 is offline  
post #8 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 02:43 PM
Banned!
 
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 3,513
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

Doesn't really matter what the USTA wants as long as they still don't have a roof, it's not like they've chosen a monday final the last 4 years anyway.
The Magician is offline  
post #9 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 02:46 PM
Banned!
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 2,262
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

RG has a sunday start, now USO wants to finish on monday...why not Wimbly playing the first sunday???
nalbyfan is offline  
post #10 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 02:57 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Posts: 415
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

Why not stretch a Slam over 3 weeks?
hotdog is offline  
post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 02:57 PM
Registered User
 
MuzzahLovah's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Age: 27
Posts: 20,100
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

Why on God's green earth wouldn't they just start the whole thing a day earlier, so they could finish on Sunday? Fewer people can watch the final of the damn spectator sport in the middle of a Monday.

Women's semi Thursday, men's Friday, women's final Saturday, men's Sunday. Why is that so hard?

http://www.menstennisforums.com/atta...8&d=1224521470

Emperor Nishikori- King of Comeback- Slayer of Demons- Champion of Tokyo- Conquistador of Barcelona
MuzzahLovah is offline  
post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 03:16 PM
Registered User
 
guichard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 1,279
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Magician View Post
Doesn't really matter what the USTA wants as long as they still don't have a roof, it's not like they've chosen a monday final the last 4 years anyway.
The problem is the super Saturday and the men 1st round in 3 days. They could have a Sunday final this year with a regular schedule(like other slam)
guichard is offline  
post #13 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 03:45 PM
Registered User
 
out_here_grindin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Fargo,ND
Posts: 11,792
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

It certainly gets more exposure on a Monday. It's not competing with the 1st week of NFL football.

Paradorn Srichaphan
Kei Nishikori, Donald Young, Somdev Devvarman, Dustin Brown, Steve Johnson, Yannick Maden
Robert Farah, Clement Reix, Alexander Dolgopolov, Nathan Thompson


Follow college tennis here.. (I am the user Clemson_tennis)
out_here_grindin is offline  
post #14 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 03:57 PM
Registered User
 
Join Date: Jun 2005
Location: Budapest
Posts: 2,528
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

A Monday final? :barf:

That's like the absolute worst possible solution to the "problem".
LoveFifteen is offline  
post #15 of 19 (permalink) Old 10-20-2011, 06:10 PM Thread Starter
1,000 Baby!
 
nobama's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Jony Ive's design cave
Posts: 19,909
                     
Re: U.S. Open could make Monday finish permanent

CBS drives the schedule and the USTA is beholden to CBS. From this article it appears that CBS might budge but at a cost. Wimbledon is now 100% ESPN, they should do the same for US Open. Put the SF and F on ABC, leave the rest on ESPN.

nobama is offline  
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the MensTennisForums.com forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in









Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome