I think this was only confirmed today-and some of you may already know it, but Jim was telling me that after the US Open, doubles will have No-Ad scoring! Sets will be first to 5, not 6 - with a tiebreak at 4-4.
This is as result of the ATP Directors feeling they get nothing back from dubs-they pay for food, massages, cars etc for doubles players, who provide no income from ticket sales.
They put forward this proposal, and the player reps - are predominantly singles, so they agreed with it-there are 10 on the council, and only 3 are doubles specialists.
This will SERIOUSLY affect doubles specialists. In about 2/3 years, they hope to have instead of doubles rankings, one ranking race-50% made by dubs, 50% by singles. Singles rankings will of course still exist, but this means doubles players will not survive...
Draws will consist of singles players-although perhaps there will be a few spots reserved for teams such as Bryan/Bryan and Bjorkman/Mirnyi.
I really hope this doesn't work out, and some how everything stays as it is... Jim says he will probably retire at the end of this year-not necessarily as a result of this, but it's a factor. This is okay for him, but think of guys currently on tour ages 23/24 etc... What a joke.