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Lindsay on the ATP RR format to be introduced in 2007

She brings up an interesting point about match-fixing.

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BALI, Indonesia -- Plans for a round-robin format in some men's tennis events could have unforeseen consequences, women's former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport says.

Major ATP changes for 2007
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Major changes to the 2007 ATP Tour:

• Round-robin format to be used at some tournaments, instead of single-elimination.
• Some tourneys to start Sunday instead of Monday.
• Best-of-five sets to be replaced by best-of-three format at most tourneys.
• Minimum prize money to increase 10 percent.
• A multi-million dollar marketing fund will be established to better promote the tour and players.

The ATP, as part of sweeping changes aimed at making tournaments more attractive to fans, television, players and tournament directors, plans to play early rounds of tour events as round-robins to ensure that marquee players remain throughout the week.

Davenport said the idea, due to start next year, could lead to tactical play.

"There's [the potential for] a lot of fixing if your friend needs you to win or lose or whatever. A lot of things could happen. There are some kinks to be worked out for sure," the American said on Monday.

Players might also not compete so strongly if they knew they would not be eliminated with one defeat, Davenport said.


"That could happen, although in women's tennis I don't see it happening because everyone's so neurotic about always winning."

The ATP announced the change last month and said it would also abolish best-of-five-set matches at tour events next year and phase in plans for eight-day events, beginning on a Sunday instead of a Monday.

Davenport, who is in Bali to begin the defense of her title on Tuesday against Russian Galina Voskoboeva, has attracted speculation that she might soon retire by committing herself to play only one more tournament, next week's event in Beijing.

The 30-year-old Davenport, who reached the quarterfinals of the U.S. Open, said she had made no decision about the future.

"I don't know how it works," she said. "Every player I've talked to, it's been a different way to quit, how they've figured out that they don't want to do this any more. So I'm constantly looking at signs, and it hasn't happened yet. I always come back and I don't know what it will take.

"If I allow myself to think it's the last time somewhere it would be way too emotional for me. Like at last year's U.S. Open it most likely could have been my last one, but if I had thought about that while playing I would have been crying and a wreck. So I just try to focus on the tournament because I don't know what will happen in six months or a year.

"I've always envisioned that I would be playing a match and be like, 'I'm not having fun,' and fly home and just feel like this is not going to happen any more.

"Now I'm excited about Beijing because I've never been to China but after that I don't know. I would like to play Zurich if I'm feeling good, but we'll see. I don't even think it matters if I finish in the United States. I don't have visions of where it's going to be."

Davenport is seeded third at an event that has lost U.S. Open semifinalist Jelena Jankovic to injury but still includes five of the top 20. Twice former champion Svetlana Kuznetsova, who is undefeated in Bali, is the top seed, with Switzerland's Patty Schnyder seeded second. Recent Montreal champion Ana Ivanovic is seeded fourth.

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Re: Lindsay on the ATP RR format to be introduced in 2007

Well it would be better if some of the guys and came out and said something, but most people know that there are going to be fixed matches in either systen and a lot of players will play dead so to speak, so they can go to the next tournament, when there isn't anything to play for.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


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Well it would be better if some of the guys and came out and said something, but most people know that there are going to be fixed matches in either systen and a lot of players will play dead so to speak, so they can go to the next tournament, when there isn't anything to play for.
Yeah, I wish someone from the mens side would be as candid as Lindsay. Of course, she doesn't have any vested interest in the ATP.

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Yeah, I wish someone from the mens side would be as candid as Lindsay. Of course, she doesn't have any vested interest in the ATP.
Tursunov said something, but it was scepticism about the format and nothing more.

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".

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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.
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Tursunov said something, but it was scepticism about the format and nothing more.
Wasn't Gasquet opposed to it? He doesn't have the stature of Lindsay however to create any waves.

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Love Lindsay she's not afraid to speak her mind.

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Wasn't Gasquet opposed to it? He doesn't have the stature of Lindsay however to create any waves.
Gasquet was, but there have to be others opposed to it. Though most of these people are mercenaries and they are going to look after themselves for the best deal.

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".

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Re: Lindsay on the ATP RR format to be introduced in 2007

Always knew women had more sense than us men.
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Yeah, I wish someone from the mens side would be as candid as Lindsay. Of course, she doesn't have any vested interest in the ATP.
I think Lindsay is concerned that this bad idea will makes it way from the ATP to the WTA.
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Lindssay is correct this new round robin idea is stupid and against the principle of tennis. Tennis is an indvidual sport this round robin thing could be used for match fixing as Lindsay says. Its a very bad bad idea. The top players can stop this stupid idea if they spoke up about it.
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I think Lindsay is concerned that this bad idea will makes it way from the ATP to the WTA.
I was referring to the fact that Lindsay can say something like that without repercussions since she is really part of the WTA governing body.

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Yeah, I wish someone from the mens side would be as candid as Lindsay. Of course, she doesn't have any vested interest in the ATP.
Lindsay always speaks her mind about tennis. No matter it's ATP or WTA. She had many words with WTA officials before.
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I totally agree with Lindsay

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This is all about trying to make life more difficult for Federer. Why don't they introduce the same changes to WTA?
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