Re: Round Robin is good for tennis
-If the wrinkes are ironed out and the rules enforced, rr can be successful.
the rules enforced as were made korolev advance, which seemed odd to most everyone, and eliminated ferrero for doing almost nothing wrong, except his opponent w/d. the rules being enforced wouldn't save the success
-Most normal fans at tournaments would rather see a star player twice than once. I know if I paid $50, I would rather see Roddick or some star player play than a journeyman.
who do you consider a normal fan? most serious tennis fans would prefer to see a LIVE match, not one where someone needs to win at least 3 games, then the rest is an exhibition, or a match that doesn't count at all (see Buenos Aires), and i'm not sure what tournament costs $50 for an early round ticket, given that the US Open doesn't cost that much for the first few days. perhaps the not serious tennis fans would prefer it, but this doesn't effect the TV rounds for small events anyway, since those are only weekends, if even... no average tv viewer would get more top tennis exposure, and more dedicated fans are probably more indifferent, or respectful of a journeyman having a good week
Change and Evolution is good.
this isn't evolution, evolution is a natural, slow change, this is a sudden experimental change... change isn't necessarily good, a genetic defect is a change, and most people would say cyclops kittens and pigs with 3 eyes and 2 snouts are not good, well thought out and agreed upon change CAN be a good thing, but vast generalizations are overly dangerous
-Make tennis mainstream and we see more matches on tv. Players earn more which attracts better and more athletes to the sports.
players are continuing to make more anyway, tennis can be made more mainstream in ways other than RR, and the negative publicity caused by Las Vegas probably didn't help. the problem with tennis and tv has been largely that it isn't easy to schedule (due to a long order of play and/or variable length of match), as well as (in american terms) there aren't as many national stars... meanwhile, tennis is receiving a giant boost in international coverage, and has been growing steadily before the RR experiment began
-Break the above logic.
there's my best
lleyton hewitt - old stalwart still plugging away on tour
novak djokovic - righful #1, 5 GS and counting, and as always, leaving bad tastes in tracy austin's mouth
italian guys - forza azzurri, especially seppi and bolelli
all time favorites: juan carlos ferrero, michael chang and patrick rafter
NEVER say "i don't care who wins, i just want good tennis" you BETTER pick a side
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