I was thinking about this, what if there were a joint Year-end championship? What do you think; would it be good for tennis?
I think it would be good for tennis in general. It would have more star players, thus getting more attention from people and media than separate YECs. And as it would get more attention, players would then care more about YEC. That would be good; nowadays tennis season is somewhat dead after US Open. And as YECs are almost always indoors, more important YEC would make indoor tennis again more important.
WTA would definitely be the bigger winner from a joint YEC than ATP; last year WTA Year-end championships had audience of 70,000 whereas ATP World Tour Finals had audience of 250,000. Considering that ATP would most likely generate the most of the ticket, TV rights, and sponsor revenues, an own YEC is possibly financially more profitable for ATP, at least in short term. Or ATP should get a greater share from revenues, which would be quite controversial in the era of equal payment.
A negative thing in a joint YEC would be that to host both men’s and women’s singles and doubles, there should be two courts, or there should be a separate doubles’ tournament, like there previously used to be. That would be less publicity for doubles’ players; still, I am not sure if they get much publicity at YEC anyway. At least they could have their finals in YEC in the centre court, as there are less singles’ matches in the final weekend.
Anyway, I think a joint YEC would be good for tennis. It would get more attention, making players care more about it, and that would make season after US Open more meaningful. But I'll vote just after reading some comments.
I also posted a similar thread
to TF to see what fans of women’s tennis would think about this.