I think it depends really on if someone can come up with a way that is fair to everyone who plays TT as far as wildcards are concerned.
How do you do it? Do managers just pick their friends and give them wildcards? I hope to everyone the answer is obviously not
So then, you go to people who are from the country where the event is being held. Okay, cool. So in a given week, let's say there are 3 events like Stockholm, Moscow, Vienna. I struggle to name very many Austrian TT-ers, so competition for these WCs is low. Lucky them
Meanwhile for countries like Brazil, Argentina, USA, where TT-ers are plenty, lots of competition for WCs. So these Austrian TT-ers are pretty lucky. Not to mention you can never really prove where anyone is really FROM. In TT you are allowed to change your nationality at the beginning of the year. For several years in the beginning of TT, when there were no other players from Serbia, I played for Serbia and played Davis Cup with Grofica (
to Tanja wherever she is
) Imagine if I was granted a WC to Belgrade because I played representing Serbia, ahead of people who are actually Serbian... who is going to be the nationality police to decide if people are really from where they claim?
(Don't let flags fool you, I'm not from Palau
Okay, the nationality nonsense gets messy very quickly. People from smaller countries that don't have ATP events get to struggle in challengers while other players from larger countries have more opportunity. We have players from Lithuania for example, there are no ATP events in Lithuania, so Lithuanian players have to earn their entry into larger events just because they were born there instead of... let's say Germany? Yes that's the "real world" but for an online game, I don't think that's fair or fun for everyone.
What I WOULD support if someone can come up with a clear, unbiased plan; would be some sort of reward system where if someone wins a challenger, they earn a WC to a larger event. Some WCs are earned this way in the real world as well
Then if in a tournament no challenger winner tries to use their WC, the spot is cleared like an SE spot. This helps people rise the ranks out of the challenger circuit, but is blind to friendships or nationalities. If I'm a Dutch TT-er and I win a challenger, maybe I save it for s'Hertogenbosch in case I can't get in directly, if playing a home event is so important to me. The difficulty is in what tiebreaking method is used if everyone wants to use a WC in the same event, when can they use their WC, who keeps track of who has earned WC and used them, who does the burden fall on to double check that someone really has a WC to use when they commit in a tournament and ask to use it, etc.
I generally feel like the supporters of wildcards won't support this because the ones I remember speaking up in the past are more fans of the nationality based system
but honestly I feel like TT is at a crossroads right now where either it quite honestly dies, or it can turn the corner and continue to be a game fun for everyone. On a personal level, I hate the idea of WCs, but for the good of the game, and because it keeps coming up EVERY YEAR SINCE THE BEGINNING OF TT, I am willing to embrace the idea for the good of the game. I hope the supporters of WCs for whatever purpose or method are also thinking of the good of the game and not the good of themselves.