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Revised doubles system lacks only audience (Houston Chronicle, June 19, 2006)

smucav
06-19-2006, 08:08 PM
http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/sports/robertson/3981469.htmlJune 18, 2006, 9:37PM

TENNIS NOTEBOOK
Revised doubles system lacks only audience
Rules improve quality of play, but fans failing to show support
By DALE ROBERTSON
Copyright 2006 Houston Chronicle

ATP doubles commissioner Gayle Bradshaw wants to set the record straight.

Contrary to popular perception, ATP Tour records show the new doubles scoring system does not turn matches into more of a crapshoot, favoring the lesser, often-thrown-together teams over established combinations such as the Bryan twins.

Bradshaw sent the 2006 statistics through the pre-Roland Garros clay-court tournament in Portschach, Austria, covering 478 matches.

Here's what they show:

•Seeded teams are winning at virtually the same rate (roughly two-thirds of the time), and the higher-ranked teams are winning matches about 4 percent more often.
The third-set tiebreaker is being won 3 percent more frequently by the higher-ranked team than the full third set was.
•Twenty percent more singles players have decided to play doubles this year than in 2005.
•Forty-six percent more doubles matches have appeared on the center courts of tournament venues.
•The average time of each match has dropped by almost 19 minutes.
More than seven out of every 10 are finishing in less than 80 minutes, compared with 4.5 in 10 in 2005.

Almost every match has finished in less than two hours compared with 84 percent of them in 2005.

But the "doubles revolution" can't be described as a rousing success.

One stat that must improve is attendance.

The entertaining Roland Garros final between the world's two best teams—the Bryans and Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi—was seen by fewer than a thousand people in the 15,000-seat main stadium.

When the same guys paired off for the U.S. Open title last fall, the crowd was smaller.

It's a shame, because doubles the way these guys play it deserves much better support.

But the fans themselves are going to have to decide to embrace the game.

And apparently more than scoring changes are going to be required to produce a quantum shift.

Scotso
06-19-2006, 08:32 PM
They said this was for the fans, but it wasn't. Please. Put doubles back the way it was.

R.Federer
06-19-2006, 08:39 PM
The entertaining Roland Garros final between the world's two best teams—the Bryans and Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi—was seen by fewer than a thousand people in the 15,000-seat main stadium.

When the same guys paired off for the U.S. Open title last fall, the crowd was smaller.



:eek:
It's hard to believe about the USO crowd size! Especially since a pair of Americans was playing in the final....

ae wowww
06-19-2006, 08:41 PM
Thanks smuc

marifline
06-19-2006, 10:04 PM
If they really wanted Double to be more popular, then they should show it more on TV... How can people become more interested in doubles if they don't know the players ? I mean, perhpas some ppl watch it for tennis quality only, but an important part of the interest is due to player popularity to and so, TV coverage...and IMO to show only finals is kinda hypocritical.

Timariot
06-19-2006, 10:44 PM
I'm glad that ATP has started to promote doubles more, but the rule changes still suck ass.

They should not sell big tv packages unless at least doubles finals is shown as well.