Peter Bodo is a blogger for Tennis magazine and ESPN.
He wrote a funny blog on round robins. Well, it would be funny if it wasn't so sad.
Bodo muses on what Etienne de Villiers, ATP Chairman, might have been thinking when he came up with the new round robin system:
"OK, everyone. You may think the mission is to come up with a format that nobody understands without an instruction manual, but it's not that simple. We also need it to be one that will lead fans to suspect that players are throwing matches, diminish the importance of a huge upset, create a tournament chockablock with meaningless matches, and feature a 'draw' that will be about as easy to read as the Excel spreadsheet of a Fortune 500 company. And let's make the whole thing about who gets to the single-elimination stage math-based!"