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Ljubicic and Federer speak out on ATP changes

Tennis chiefs shorten finals in overhaul
November 11 2006 at 04:05PM

Shanghai - Tennis chiefs on Saturday said they would shorten finals at 11 tournaments and test round-robin formats next year as part of a major overhaul of the men's circuit.

The ATP also announced more Sunday starts, bigger prize-money and a multi-million dollar marketing fund to build the sport's profile, along with greater use of the "Hawkeye" video umpire.

Best-of-five set finals at Barcelona, Basel, Gstaad, Kitzbuhel, Stuttgart and Vienna, and at the Masters Series events in Hamburg, Madrid, Monte Carlo, Paris and Rome will be cut to best-of-three for easier TV scheduling and to reduce strain on players.

Round-robins, where each player plays everyone in his group, will be tested in three different formats at selected events.

ATP president Etienne de Villiers consulted the top eight players on the changes here on Friday ahead of the season-ending Masters Cup.

"We've moved in the right direction this past year and there is a lot of potential to improve the game of tennis even more for players, tournaments and fans," said Ivan Ljubicic, president of the ATP Player Council and a competitor here.

"For sure there will be challenging times ahead for all of us and we may not necessarily agree, but I am optimistic from the discussions we've had with the leadership of the ATP that we will do what's beneficial for the game."

The round-robin test, which will guarantee fans the chance to see their favourite players more than once, drew immediate fire from world number one Roger Federer.

"I'm not so happy about the round robins but it's a test, we'll have to see how it goes," Federer said.

Prize money will be increased across the board for the first time since 2000 and the Hawkeye system, allows players to challenge line calls, will be used for the first time at the Australian Open, the Indian Wells and Miami Masters and the Masters Cup.

Player burn-out has been a constant source of debate, most recently at last week's Paris Masters where the withdrawal of several top players angered organisers.

"I don't think it's good that nobody of the top five played in Paris so we have to look at it," Federer said. "But sometimes players are just exhausted, like I was, or injured."

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Best-of-five set finals at Barcelona, Basel, Gstaad, Kitzbuhel, Stuttgart and Vienna, and at the Masters Series events in Hamburg, Madrid, Monte Carlo, Paris and Rome will be cut to best-of-three for easier TV scheduling and to reduce strain on players.

Player burn-out has been a constant source of debate, most recently at last week's Paris Masters where the withdrawal of several top players angered organisers.

"I don't think it's good that nobody of the top five played in Paris so we have to look at it," Federer said. "But sometimes players are just exhausted, like I was, or injured."
Considering injuries and exhaustion the reduction from 5 to 3 sets for non-grand slams can only be a good change. It will also emphasize the primacy of the grand slam events.
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Considering injuries and exhaustion the reduction from 5 to 3 sets for non-grand slams can only be a good change. It will also emphasize the primacy of the grand slam events.
I'm kind of sad about IW and Miami not being best of 5 finals though.

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I know what you mean - it's a shame Rome won't be a best of 5 anymore because the last two years the final has virtually been match of the season.

But something's got to give - everyone wants a piece of the top players and there's too many wanting a piece for it to go around.
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The round-robin test, which will guarantee fans the chance to see their favourite players more than once, drew immediate fire from world number one Roger Federer.

"I'm not so happy about the round robins but it's a test, we'll have to see how it goes," Federer said.
I always thought it odd he was reportedly in favour of it. Didn't sound like something Mr Traditionalist would really go for.
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I'm kind of sad about IW and Miami not being best of 5 finals though.
Indian Wells changes from 5 sets to 3 sets every other year anyway. I remember Federer beating Henman 6-3 6-3 in the final a few years ago, and this year it was best of 5 sets.

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I can't believe they're changing the best of five finals to best of three, those are some of the best matches of the season.



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"I'm not so happy about the round robins but it's a test, we'll have to see how it goes," Federer said.
Roger's only played at 5 of the 13 tournaments planning to include the RR format, and the last time he played at any of them was in 2000... so I doubt these changes will affect him much...
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I'm kind of sad about IW and Miami not being best of 5 finals though.
Where does the article mention anything about IW and Miami? The 11 tournaments that would be changed were listed in the article.

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ivan is telling a completely different story in croatian newspapers
he is totally against it ( he´s even avoiding to play in those tornaments next year ) so i dont know why is he acting all diplomatic now
ok, i can understand because he´s the president of playes council, but stop bullshiting everybody
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Indian Wells changes from 5 sets to 3 sets every other year anyway. I remember Federer beating Henman 6-3 6-3 in the final a few years ago, and this year it was best of 5 sets.
They do?
Fed/Henman final was 2004, but the 05 and 06 have been best of 5, so maybe they switched it after 04.

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They are shortening the length of the finals but increasing the number of matches players would have to play to get to the finals.

DOESN'T. MAKE. SENSE.

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That's just ridiculous... that Vienna and Basel have their finals reduced, that's one thing. Reducing the number of sets in MS finals is heavy and ridiculous.
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OMG, why cant this clown realize that the schedule is the problem? :retard:

And, so he wants to reduce injury, he reduces finals to 3 sets, but increases the number of matches before the final


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If I'm not mistaken, the more common 32-draw RR tourneys will be 8 groups of 3, so each player will play 2 matches to get to the QFs, aka, no extra matches at all....

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