Alternatives to the Round Robin
this discussion has already happened many times over but as a fellow hater of the Round Robin format i came up with an alternative idea (and i imagine there must be thousands of other ideas out there...all better than what the ATP came up with!)
(yes yes yes...at the end of the day the best alternative is to stick with the traditional format!)
Anyway, for a bit of fun i came up with:
28 player draw.
The top 4 losing players (by seed, then rank) go into a repercharge round while the 14 winners go straight to the R16.
The 2 winners from the repercharge re-join the tournament in the R16.
At this stage the 2 repercharge winners could play each other for a QF birth...or better still they could play elsewhere in the draw (say 1 in either half of the draw)...
exactly where in the draw they rejoined in is up for debate - so long as they could not re-play their 1st round conqueror until the final i think it would be sweet.