After biting my tongue for long enough I've decided to ask for opinions on the WTF Round Robin format (apologies if this has been discussed elsewhere).
For me, this supposedly being the fifth biggest tournament of the year, where every match deserves to be meaningful, with importance and relevance. Yet we frequently get meaningless/dead matches for one or both of the players involved. We are also left working out numerous permutations mid-way through the tournament with a players' fate possibly resting in someone else's hands or perhaps the player only needing to win a certain number of sets/games to progress. Should all this really happen at the end of season tournament, second only to the Grand Slams?
I personally hate Round Robin in tennis, full stop. For all the reasons above and also that individual sports should be gladitorial, knock-out based compeitions, no second chances when you lose.
So what would be better? Again, personally, I would like to see a knock-out draw, but obviously 8 players would not be enough to make it a tournament. Therefore I'd go with the Top 16 players, with 8 seeds, the rest randomly drawn. As for the doubles, knock-out also, 8 teams, 4 seeds, which makes the draw half the size of the singles (as it is at all other tournaments).
You could then make the World Tour Finals a six-day event (which would make sense as it directly follows Paris from next year) with the first two days being singles only, doubles starting on Day 3.
Below is a mock-up version of what could have happened this year (scores based on actual WTF results or recent matches).
For me this would be a great event, each session featuring top quality matches, and each match meaningful
So... Do you like the current Round Robin system, my suggestion of a 16 draw knock-out, or something else?
Would be very interesting to get your views!