Formula 1 Style Season in Tennis

07-21-2012, 07:39 PM
- 15 Atp Masters 1000 events each year

- Each masters 1000 event lasts 10 days (including 2 weekends), 56 player draw

- Player with most ranking points at year end is World Champion for that year

- Each event is combined Mens and womens singles, Plus mens & womens doubles & mixed doubles

- Best of 3 sets every round except for - best of 5 sets final

- Each Masters 1000 event has equal amount of prize money

- Top 30 players only count points from the 15 Masters 1000 events & are not required to play any other tournaments

- Atp 250 series are the second tier of events

- Atp Challenger tour is the third tier of events

- 1 Atp 250 event every week there isnt a masters 1000 - 30 atp 250 events in total

- No Grand Slams/Davis Cup/Olympics/Atp 500 series events

- Entire tour run by the ATP alone

21.01.2012 - 29.01.2012 - Sydney Masters (Grass)
2 weeks
11.02.2012 - 19.02.2012 - Tokyo Masters (Indoor Hard)
2 weeks
03.03.2012 - 11.03.2012 - Indian Wells Masters (Hard)
2 weeks
24.03.2012 - 01.04.2012 - Miami Masters (Hard)
2 weeks
14.04.2012 - 22.04.2012 - Sao Paulo Masters (Clay)
2 weeks
05.05.2012 - 13.05.2012 - Madrid Masters (Clay)
2 weeks
26.05.2012 - 03.06.2012 - Rome Masters (Clay)
2 weeks
16.06.2012 - 24.06.2012 - Paris Masters (Clay)
2 weeks
07.07.2012 - 15.07.2012 - Hamburg Masters (Grass)
2 weeks
28.07.2012 - 05.08.2012 - London Masters (Grass)
2 weeks
18.08.2012 - 26.08.2012 - New York Masters (Hard)
2 weeks
08.09.2012 - 16.09.2012 - Moscow Masters (Indoor Carpet)
2 weeks
29.09.2012 - 07.10.2012 - Shanghai Masters (Hard)
2 weeks
20.10.2012 - 28.10.2012 - Dubai Masters (Hard)
2 weeks
10.11.2012 - 18.11.2012 - Johannesburg Masters (Hard)
9 Weeks Off

Any Thoughts??

07-21-2012, 08:05 PM
- No Grand Slams/Davis Cup/Olympics/Atp 500 series events

07-21-2012, 08:16 PM
this thread confirms it. The past 2 days are the most stupid in GM's existence.

07-21-2012, 08:18 PM
not sure if the thread starter is being serious though

07-21-2012, 08:29 PM
No GS, Olympics and DC?! :confused: :eek: :banghead: :facepalm: :no:

07-21-2012, 08:45 PM
I Don't see the big deal,each masters event would be like a grand slam just a smaller field and best of 3 sets for every round bar the final. Look at the global appeal of f1 and the financial success it is. If tennis were to have 15 events of equal statue in different countries it would be great. The ITF and grand slam committee are never going to extend the number of slams so it's down to the ATP to do something. At the moment the tour is a mess, other than the grand slams.the masters play a poor second fiddle, no one gives a shot about the Davis cup and the players are too fatigued tO compete at their full potential at end of year masters cup

07-21-2012, 08:49 PM
Why so hard on him? It is just idea, not proposal I guess. If tennis started with this, it would be normal for everybody. Then he would write about GS, ATP500 and you would be freaking out about that crazy idea again. Anyway, I am pretty happy with system we have, would not change it for this football system.

07-21-2012, 08:55 PM
The problem with this is that the gap between the top 4 and the rest would get even larger. The lower ranked players would have no chance of making a living.

07-21-2012, 09:12 PM
no Umag, FAIL.

07-21-2012, 09:24 PM
Though I think getting rid of the slams is impossible (and not something we would want either!) the point is true that among most of the "average" tennis public, there is very little awareness of tennis that goes on beyond the slams. The slams mean SO much more than Masters etc. that they're almost like different sports at times. Commentators at Wimbledon talk about Nadal winning Rome and Monte Carlo and then have to explain "these are important tournaments".

Compare that to F1 - it has equal coverage for every race and people are engaged throughout the year - each country/stop feels equally invested.

Not sure how things could be changed so that the ATP events had more prominence generally, than the anomalies that are the 8 weeks of slams, but one thing that could be tried is having more of a focus on the Race. F1 is all about the individual and team rankings after every race - the tennis race is hardly mentioned, even by the commentators. Maybe making the YE Masters more of a focal point, be that through marketing, through bonus points for certain events? (I don't know - best results over American HCs? best clay results?) - anything to make each "season" seem more unique and like it has a thread to it... At the moment the different levels are always competing with each other and it's a product that's not as easy to sell as clearly defined "table" based football (soccer); F1 etc.

07-21-2012, 10:13 PM

07-22-2012, 09:09 AM
Who let Ion Tiriac get a MTF account?

07-22-2012, 11:59 AM

07-22-2012, 12:46 PM
It is hard for F1 systems to implement in Tennis.

Each tournament is not equal (Grand Slam, Masters 1000, 500, 250, Olympics, Davis Cup, Year-end Tournment).

Tennis is playing on elimination, F1, like Field and Track, playing on times or length records.

07-22-2012, 12:49 PM
Every tournament isn't equal in tennis unlike F1 .This won't work and would ruin all the history of this great sport

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