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Olympics tennis: A glimpse of grand slam tennis played as best of three sets?

TennisAgenda
08-27-2006, 05:38 AM
For most of the year the men play best of three anyway. So why can't the men play best of three at the grand slam events? I think the shorter men matches would balance things out a bit. It also would take stress off of the bodies of players. It would be exciting for the sport.

Naranoc
08-27-2006, 07:14 AM
It would NOT be exciting.

Action Jackson
08-27-2006, 07:24 AM
Go back to the WTA.

Not happening, not even dickhead De Villiers is suggesting that.

Kristen
08-27-2006, 07:45 AM
No no... shortening of matches should be restricted to inferior games, such as doubles ;) :tape:

In all honesty though, how is Jürgen Melzer supposed to win anything if he only has three sets in which to do it? He needs a few chances! :)

*Viva Chile*
08-27-2006, 07:53 AM
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Sorry but 3 setter for slam always will be for girls. :p

Egag
08-27-2006, 08:23 AM
Will the men ever play best of 3 sets?

Answer: I have no idea

P.S Preferably no

16681
08-27-2006, 08:25 AM
www.wtaworld.com

Sorry but 3 setter for slam always will be for girls. :p
I think the woman should play best of 5 in Slams just like the men. They want the money so they should have to do the same amount of work to earn it.

oz_boz
08-27-2006, 10:42 AM
I hope not.

justine&coria
08-27-2006, 11:20 AM
I think the woman should play best of 5 in Slams just like the men. They want the money so they should have to do the same amount of work to earn it.
:rolleyes: They do the same amount of work (for women).
I'm so fed up about these sexist comments ! Can you tell me why the best marathonian doesn't earn more than Tiger Woods, Schumacher, or a tennis player, or if there will ever be a day when a woman soccer player earn as much a Beckham ?
Earning money in sports is all about tv ratings, attendance etc. : it has nothing at all to do with the hardness of the training. :o

Then why bring all this "working hard" stuff when it's about comparing WTA and ATP ? Maybe because to those criteria (tv ratings etc.), women should earn more than men, and that's an issue for lots of men. :p

Action Jackson
08-27-2006, 11:28 AM
justine&coriaThen why bring all this "working hard" stuff when it's about comparing WTA and ATP ? Maybe because to those criteria (tv ratings etc.), women should earn more than men, and that's an issue for lots of men. :p

Are you serious? This subject has been done to death so many times.

The above scenario you paint. If the women earned more in TV revenue, advertising and sponsorships then the WTA would be richer than the ATP. But the prizemoney of the tournaments generated throughout the year indicates otherwise. It's not the porn industry where the women earn more than men.

For the record I don't want the women playing 5 sets and this another thread, this is about the men playing best of 3 Slams it's not happening.

federated
08-27-2006, 11:50 AM
I wouldn't mind a best of 3 sets format for the first week only of the men's slam. It just seems like such a grueling affair and we may get better tennis in the 2nd week.

Though the best of 5 sets does make for some incredible combacks and twists and turns in a match.

Jimnik
08-27-2006, 11:55 AM
Best of 5 is here to stay, and hopefully the US Open will come to their senses and stop having final set tie-breakers :mad:. Why is this the only slam that does that?

Action Jackson
08-27-2006, 11:56 AM
I wouldn't mind a best of 3 sets format for the first week only of the men's slam. It just seems like such a grueling affair and we may get better tennis in the 2nd week.

Actually there is a lot of good tennis at Slams, it's just not always on show courts and here is the most important thing.

Are the men complaining about playing best of 5 sets in the Slams? The answer for the vast majority of them is no, cause if so, then it would have been apparent already. No need to change this at Slams, just cause some people have a short attention span and the players are not whining about it.

betterthanhenman
08-27-2006, 12:06 PM
I wouldn't mind a best of 3 sets format for the first week only of the men's slam. It just seems like such a grueling affair and we may get better tennis in the 2nd week.
Though the best of 5 sets does make for some incredible combacks and twists and turns in a match.

What?

Slams should remain best of 5 all the way through. They are the ultimate test of a player's physical and mental attributes.

kabuki
08-27-2006, 04:40 PM
I prefer shotmaking over fitness tests. 2 out of 3 would be just fine for me.

Merton
08-27-2006, 04:49 PM
Slams will stay best of 5 for the simple reason that they are beyond ATP control and they have every incentive to maintain their status as the most premium events.

Adler
08-27-2006, 04:51 PM
About 30 years ago the was a situation, that in the first two or three rounds men played best-of-3

Billabong
08-27-2006, 04:57 PM
I really hope NOT:o

TenHound
08-27-2006, 05:08 PM
I used to favor best of 3, thinking best of 5 was just stupid macho bullshit that made guys matches long & boring. While many guys matches are long & boring, this won't fix that. They have to remain best of 5 'cuz guys matches are all about holding serve. Making them best of 3 means they can be over in 5 mins., while the guy who lost the first set has an emotional letdown & is broken immediately in the 2nd set. Tennis players are very young, and one cannot expect them to be emotionally bulletproofed enough to avoid this fate. Consider Safin's final v. Hewitt @AO last yr. Best of 5 gave him time to get his head into the match. This is true in all rounds.

njnetswill
08-27-2006, 06:51 PM
If anything, they should make women's second week action best of 5. That way Dementieva can win a major. :angel:

Clara Bow
08-27-2006, 06:59 PM
I think something would really be lost if they went to best of three. Withought the best of five you would not have had some of the greatest matches ever, including Borg/McEnroe and Goran/Pat at Wimbledon and Federer/Favin at the AO.

I love the best of five foremant for the GS- I think it makes the titles even more special.

ASP0315
08-27-2006, 10:22 PM
No way it is going to happen unless they are going to change it to RR Format. :p:

I'm against best of three format in Grand Slams. But i would like to see tie break in the fifth set in other three Grand slam tournaments.

El Legenda
08-27-2006, 10:25 PM
ATP cant do anything about the Grand Slams :wavey: ITF runs the GS'

TenHound
08-27-2006, 11:16 PM
ITF may run it, but just give 'em time to put a Carnival Barker in to run that too. It's never too late to destroy absolutely everything in pursuit of greed, as opposed to merely getting a reasonable return on yr. investment.

Scotso
08-28-2006, 02:31 AM
Neverrrrrrr.

JW10S
08-28-2006, 03:44 AM
I like the best of 5 sets. What will determine if the Slams ever go to a best of 3 set format will be television. Should a network come forward and offer the Slams a huge price for the rights to air their events with the contingency that all matches are best of 3 it could happen--money talks.

*Viva Chile*
08-28-2006, 04:03 AM
Go back to the WTA.

Not happening, not even dickhead De Villiers is suggesting that.
After the announce of today about the RR format, I think that everything is possible, begining for the US Open, remember that it will be the first, and affortunately, the first slam that is played with a 5th set TB.

Fedex
08-28-2006, 07:12 AM
No and it shoulden't. If they ever decided to play best of 3 in slams, I'd be done with tennis.

Halba
08-28-2006, 07:22 AM
the formula works...players still get injured in best of 3...and if a player gets into a best of 5 situation tough luck, Feds gets into 5 setters and he backs up well

Knotty Fort
08-03-2012, 09:42 PM
There have been quite a few epic matches involving lengthy final sets (25-23 Tsonga-Raonic, 19-17 Federer-Del Potro), and it got me thinking about if this would be close to what we'll expect IF grand slams changed to a best of three set format for the men as well. While I'm still a traditionalist, where I believe that the five set format is still the best in showing who has consistency in quality and hence more deserving of a grand slam, the Olympics format here has shown me that the drama and epicness is not lacking.

In fact, the peculiarity of this format is that the gloves come off very quickly, and the concentration and intensity is higher I feel in the final set because the players are physically fresher, and the tactics and risk-taking aspects are rewarded more. Also, because of the freshness, the players are more balanced in terms of slugging it out.

The previous Olympics did not really show off the possibility of the three-set grand slam format because they never came close to the level of prestige in the grand slams. But for this particular Olympics, because of the historic Wimbledon value, players are taking it way more seriously, and are producing epic matches that I feel are worthy of grand slam tournaments. Although I'm still in the five set camp, somehow my position has been nudged towards a possible three set format.

What do you guys think?

finishingmove
08-03-2012, 09:55 PM
Best of three -- but with final set tiebreak. Imagine the scheduling problems if they play without a final set tiebreak...

But I would use smaller balls on Grand Slams, thus making them harder to win.

Action Jackson
08-03-2012, 10:05 PM
Yes, just devalue the Slams.