Originally Posted by invu2day
Entries into tournaments is becoming an issue now let alone till we have only 2 tournaments per week. Already 3 people have been pushed out of the Rotterdam tournament next week because ranked players came in late. Plus you can only guess how many may have thought of applying without bothereing knowing they will not get in. We will never know. It will become even harder for newer players to enter in forthcoming weeks and may turn potential players away.
Upto last weekend we had 57 ranked players. Doing a quick inconclusive count I reckon we have around 70-80 players consisting of ranked players, non ranked players and enquirers. This number will only grow.
Given 3 tournaments per week TT can only entertain 96 players. In a 2 week tournament 64 players can be entertained. I suggest we move to 32 players per tournament as per real tournament. It could work like this :-
R32 - 32 Players
R16 - 16Players
QF - 8 Players
SF - 4 Players
F - 2 Players
Obviously this leaves the final to only 1 game which in most cases would be decided by a tie breaker. 2 ways to get around this :-
One way is with the final to bring the semi-final results into play so the verdict would be over 3 games.
The other way to contest the final only and if a draw then count back total number of correct winning ties in complete tournament then correct player will win.
Plus I suggest having upto 3 wild card entries per tournament going to the first 3 non ranked players committing. This will give newcomers a chance always. If any tournament does not fulfil 32 places then obviously the top ranked players get a bye in the first round.
What do you guys and girls think?
You're right, this is a question we must answer as soon as possible due to the huge increase of popularity this game has had over the past few weeks. I think we should move to the 32 players per tournament system starting from the week of Dubai, Acapulco and Las Vegas tournaments. Also I think we should always try to have the same kind of draws that the real ATP tournaments have. This way it's easier for managers and players to understand the game and it will feel more like the real tour. It's also easier to give ranking points when we have the same points as the real ATP tour has.
I agree on many points with 'invu2day' , but not on the system he proposes for the final. I think the final should remain as it is now with SF and Final matches to pick on, otherwise it will depend too much on predicting the right score. As we have earlier discussed with others, I think the best way to add a round is to split the 1st round like we have planned.
I think the wildcard idea is a good one.
It will give unranked players a chance to make it. I'm not sure if 3 wildcards is the right amount, 2 wc's might be better if there is three tournaments in the same week (for the bigger tournaments there could be more).
Decisions must be made soon, we should make clear rules for the game. Any comments?