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Adelaide wants to be the first MM event to try Round Robin format

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Adelaide may trial round-robin format

Linda Pearce
October 3, 2006

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AdvertisementAUSTRALIA wants to host the ATP's first dalliance with its new round-robin format at the season-opening tournament in Adelaide in January.

The hardcourt event's co-directors, Peter Johnston and Mark Woodforde, support the introduction of the system, which guarantees players multiple matches and next year will replace the traditional knockout format at selected men's tournaments worldwide. It is currently only used by the ATP at the eight-man Masters Cup, held next month in Shanghai, and the World Team Cup in Dusseldorf each May.

The change is part of a men's tour overhaul that includes Sunday rather than Monday tournament starts, a minimum 10 per cent prizemoney increase and the phasing-out of best-of-five set matches outside the grand slams and Davis Cup, which are run by the International Tennis Federation.

"At certain weeks, (the round-robin format) works better than others because you probably need the extra day to play it, and it's right for Adelaide because it's the first week of the year and players are looking for matches," said Johnston, whose event competes for players with rival ATP tournaments in India and Qatar. "It just helps Australian Open preparation. Hopman Cup's round-robin, Kooyong's round-robin. There's certain weeks that it will suit and Adelaide is one of them."

Johnston said he hoped for ATP approval this month, ahead of the tour's original November timetable. The historic Memorial Drive tournament has been condemned to a merger with the Gold Coast women's event and relocation to a new complex in Brisbane from 2009, but is scheduled for January 1-8 — with Lleyton Hewitt the probable headline act — in its penultimate year.

"There's a few logistical things to be decided, like what format would it actually be?" Johnston said. "How many groups of how many, for example, which is one of those ones that obviously affects what the (entry) cut-off will be. You might do eight groups of three, and have two matches in your group and then you're into the quarters, and so everyone's guaranteed of two matches. Or you might do a 32-draw.

"The ATP wants to get it 100 per cent right — working out the right points structure, working out what to do in certain circumstances, that's still going to still take a little while. That's what they're working on right now."

Advantages of the round-robin format include avoiding the scenario where a drawcard — usually on a hefty appearance fee — lasts only one round, as well as scheduling certainty for organisers and broadcasters. Less positive is the prospect of dead matches between players with no chance of advancing to the knockout stage.

"The main reason why the ATP are doing it is to get the guarantee of the marquee players playing more," Johnston said.

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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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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this crap is really taking place???

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Well, it's not official as of yet. It's just Woody the bitch wants to try it out.

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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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
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oh nooooo... i'm planning to go to adelaide !!!!!! am i going to witness history by attending the first atp round robin matches

it's not like adelaide regularly fills up the stadium in the first few days... even if lleyton is guaranteed to play twice, so what ???
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oh nooooo... i'm planning to go to adelaide !!!!!! am i going to witness history by attending the first atp round robin matches

it's not like adelaide regularly fills up the stadium in the first few days... even if lleyton is guaranteed to play twice, so what ???
I was thinking of going, but I better save the money. As for Hewitt, well it gives them twice the chance to cheer against him.

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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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
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I was thinking of going, but I better save the money. As for Hewitt, well it gives them twice the chance to cheer against him.
ummm not sure if too many people cheer against hewitt in adelaide... it is his home town after all.

if my fav plays and loses in the first round, i won't know what to say to him the next day. you're still here? lol... i don't know if i'd really be pleased to watch him again. he should belong to the practice courts after losing. not to mention some others that i'm not so keen about, once is more than enough

really the only reason for adelaide to jump onto the bandwagon (another one) is to bring in a new promotional gimmick for a year. that's all. people may want to find out what the fuss is about.
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ummm not sure if too many people cheer against hewitt in adelaide... it is his home town after all.

if my fav plays and loses in the first round, i won't know what to say to him the next day. you're still here? lol... i don't know if i'd really be pleased to watch him again. he should belong to the practice courts after losing. not to mention some others that i'm not so keen about, once is more than enough

really the only reason for adelaide to jump onto the bandwagon (another one) is to bring in a new promotional gimmick for a year. that's all. people may want to find out what the fuss is about.
Remember when Hewitt got the shits cause they cheered Petrovic against him. He has enough people in Adelaide that don't like him.

I mean well Federer has woken up and is against the RR format and someone has to be the first to try it and since Adelaide is losing the event anyway, what you said about the gimmick just makes more sense.

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.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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ADELAIDE = the biggest :retard: city of Australia

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ummm not sure if too many people cheer against hewitt in adelaide... it is his home town after all.
Well, I would love to go back again and cheer against him but this is all a bit weird, I hope the qualify of the field isn't going to be affected
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Remember when Hewitt got the shits cause they cheered Petrovic against him. He has enough people in Adelaide that don't like him.
i forgot that

people have been too carried away by cheering for home town heroes lately i've forgotten that australians sometimes function differently

ah no adelaide is a great city i'm living in the seventees...
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Well, I would love to go back again and cheer against him but this is all a bit weird, I hope the qualify of the field isn't going to be affected
were you there at that match?

if tournament starts on sunday then qualies will have to start on friday.. ?? or are you worried that there won't be any qualie spot left?
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people have been too carried away by cheering for home town heroes lately i've forgotten that australians sometimes function differently

ah no adelaide is a great city i'm living in the seventees...
Adelaide well I have never been there to say for sure. Though I did meet some of the tournament staff in Melbourne this year and they were trying to get me to go in 2007.

Maybe I could boo Woodforde.

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.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Few tourneys meet the definition of MM event better than Adelaide

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It's a sport after all and while it is very important for the players, the only reason they make money (and I mean tennis as a whole) it's because it's entertainment for us, the fans. So if we're watching, I rather watch something that pleases the eye, who gives a shit if a BOSS hotass model takes 5 more seconds in geting the ball to the player in Madrid? I'd rather wait those extra 5 seconds seeing those boobies bounce than watching some fatass kid burn away his bigmac meal.

I don't know, call me old fashioned but I like women
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Few tourneys meet the definition of MM event better than Adelaide
Funny that Kafelnikov, Hewitt and PMK all won their first titles there.

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.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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