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View Poll Results: Do you want to see more doubles on TV?
Yes, show more doubles matches 45 53.57%
No, I don't like watching doubles 18 21.43%
Yes, but only if it's the semifinal or final 16 19.05%
They need to show more juniors matches 5 5.95%
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post #1 of 40 (permalink) Old 06-07-2006, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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Question Do you want to see more doubles matches during slams?

This question arises from this whiny item I found on Tennis Week's news section:

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Doubles Is Missing Ingredient From French Open Feast
06/06/2006

Television coverage of the French Open lacks an important ingredient: doubles. We want to see doubles matches. I have just watched a long, boring five-set singles match from the French Open. It was nothing but a slugger match: who can hit the hardest and last the longest.

Why can't we see some good doubles matches on television?

At least in doubles you see the serve-and-volley game, a variety of shots, lots of action, exciting exchanges and teamwork, which is most exciting to watch.

Many of us watching the French Open are USTA League doubles players. Doubles is our game so why aren't we seeing any doubles on television? Five sets of clay-court tennis is too long and boring — that format should only be used in the semis and finals. Three sets is long enough to watch a player in the early rounds — any more than that and it becomes boring.

Sponsors should get smart and promote the doubles teams. The matches are much more exciting to watch and certainly move a lot faster and remember: many of us viewers are USTA doubles players.
I hear it all the time: "More people play doubles than singles, therefore more people are interested in watching doubles." but I'm not buying this argument because the proof is in the pudding: every time I see doubles on TV, the stands are empty, whether it's men's women's or mixed doubles, nooobodeee is watching. If so many people want to see doubles (the writer claims) then how come I never see all of these doubles enthusiasts sitting in the stands?

Remember how empty the stands were during the doubles finals at the USO? If championship finals can't get people watch doubles then why should programmers waste their time and money showing a lot of doubles matches that nobody's going to watch?

Also, what five set match was she referring to that was so boring?

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Re: Do you want to see more doubles matches during slams?

not really, no thanks
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Re: Do you want to see more doubles matches during slams?

I like doubles and I think some schedule time needs to be set aside to show some, if they are serious about getting doubles promoted, it's something the ATP needs to address urgently.

It's got to start somewhere - show a couple of doubles matches and the interest will start to come, but it's a bit chicken and egg - you have to show what's out there to get the viewers interested - they won't follow doubles if they never see any of it.
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Not really- no - I don't really like watching doubles Sorry doubles' fans.

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Re: Do you want to see more doubles matches during slams?

I like doubles alot, I wish they would show doubles maybe from the qfs on. I know NBC covers the final.

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they should show at least a little doubles, especially in the later stages of the tournament, when there aren't so many singles-matches anymore anyway.
I would definitely love to see waske/pavel against the bryans
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Re: Do you want to see more doubles matches during slams?

They definitely need to hype doubles if they want anyone to watch it, and they should show some of the later action.
I think it's harder for someone to be as emotionally attached to a doubles team as to his or her favorite player.

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i havent seen any coverage of any doubles match
between matches I would prefer to see a littl eobit of doubles than replay or highlights of other matches
even at night during the highlights show, they dont even mention the doubles or show any footage

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Show. More. Doubles.


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Re: Do you want to see more doubles matches during slams?

I am disappointed today, instead of showing Navratilova/Bob Bryan vs Kirilenko/Paes, ESPN replayed Hingis vs Clijster.
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I wouldnt go out of my way to watch a doubles match thats for sure.

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i like doubles, i don't see why they can't show it instead of a taped singles match they've already shown, at least

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They need to show more doubles and more juniors (which means any at all)
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Re: Do you want to see more doubles matches during slams?

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I am disappointed today, instead of showing Navratilova/Bob Bryan vs Kirilenko/Paes, ESPN replayed Hingis vs Clijster.
For real. People would stay to watch Navratilova... but how many people would watch Hingis/Clijsters again?


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