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jaap deboeck
02-28-2007, 03:56 AM
Yes, The Tennis Channel really has done itself proud with the Las Vegas ATP tourney. February! Do they really think U.S. fans are into tennis in February (winter in the Northern Hemisphere) at a tournament that most of the world’s elite ignore? All this does is siphon players away from Dubai, a tournament going on simultaneously that matters – that’s where Federer and Nadal and Davydenko and Haas et. al. are this week.

Blake (defending Vegas champion) and Korolev played in front of 100 people wearing coats in gale force winds in 55 degrees. On another court, Benjamin Becker played in front of 10 fans. Yes, 10 people. This is a complete embarrassment – an advertisement that the sport is kaput. As for their so-called “doubles revolution,” the match they televised on Monday showed had about 25 fans in the stands. Yes, this is freakish weather in LV; however the points are still valid

Note: Last year they staged a women’s pro event there. There were more ushers in the stands than fans.

Yesterday, Hewitt played Spadea in 40 mile per hour winds that had trees bent at a 40-degree angle. Spadea obviously just went through the motions, wishing to simply get the hell off the court. A travesty if there ever was one.

It as though they are trying to put the worst foot forward. TTC also showed their “Tennispalooza” in action: a handful of kids in a pretty much deserted area in a tent playing air hockey, a ping pong variant etc. This was supposed to highlight the “carnival atmosphere” at the event. Instead it made viewers shield their eyes.

Also they are experimenting with a lame modified round robin format at a dozen or so tourneys. In this way, if a star player loses, he can still progress in the tourney with a second chance J. After all, the tournament directors know that when a star loses, interest wanes. Another slap in the face of the lower ranked players for whom the tour has veiled contempt. Even #1 Federer noted that this is nonsense.

So they have taken a great sport with a vast legacy and former glory and reduced it to this. As one who loves the game, I weep.

whistleway
02-28-2007, 04:35 AM
Note: Last year they staged a women’s pro event there. There were more ushers in the stands than fans.

It as though they are trying to put the worst foot forward. TTC also showed their “Tennispalooza” in action: a handful of kids in a pretty much deserted area in a tent playing air hockey, a ping pong variant etc. This was supposed to highlight the “carnival atmosphere” at the event. Instead it made viewers shield their eyes.

You write so funny. Thanks for the laughs in the morning.

I completely agree with you. The more I think about it, the more sadder it gets :(

sureshs
02-28-2007, 05:32 AM
The women's tourney is a minor $75K one. Almost like a future/challenger/satellite. An opportunity for Angela Haines-type people to play.

We need to reserve judgement on the TTC open. I think last year's event was better attended. This time the windy and cold weather has been a problem. Last year it attracted quite a crowd from Vegas, or at least that is what the TTC programs indicate (TTC "spins off" a number of half-hour programs from this, like the Wilson Stringer Challenge etc).

tintin
02-28-2007, 07:56 AM
Dubai and Doha(men/women) should been on espn
who gives a rat's arse about Las Vegas
Dubai was and is where the stars are at: Federer/Nadal/Henin/Mauresmo/Hingis.

sureshs
02-28-2007, 08:21 AM
It as though they are trying to put the worst foot forward. TTC also showed their “Tennispalooza” in action: a handful of kids in a pretty much deserted area in a tent playing air hockey, a ping pong variant etc. This was supposed to highlight the “carnival atmosphere” at the event. Instead it made viewers shield their eyes.

Also they are experimenting with a lame modified round robin format at a dozen or so tourneys. In this way, if a star player loses, he can still progress in the tourney with a second chance J. After all, the tournament directors know that when a star loses, interest wanes. Another slap in the face of the lower ranked players for whom the tour has veiled contempt. Even #1 Federer noted that this is nonsense.


Well, only Roger Federer. Most other pros are on-board. Or they are afraid of contradicting the ATP. Peter Bodo in the latest Tennis mag was completely against it. Let us see how the fans and TV viewership numbers come out. Till then, it is all just opinions.

And the ping-pong variant was a tri-sectored circular (?) table, with 3 players, 1 in each sector! Never seen that before. Anyone have any idea what it is?

Moose Malloy
02-28-2007, 09:17 AM
Its always cold & windy this time of year in Vegas. Was talking to a friend of mine who lives there & he was shocked that its not an indoor event. Yet another example of how poorly the tennis schedule is planned.

Heavy Metal Tennis Star
02-28-2007, 09:58 AM
The Tennis Channel Is A Big Joke!

ne1410is
02-28-2007, 10:32 AM
maybe all the fans were well intentioned and meant to go to the event but got sidetracked by the showgirls, the poker tables, got wasted, and whoops passed out after getting married.

andfor
03-01-2007, 09:26 AM
If they can't move the date to March or April they should consider moving it indoors if they are going to play in Feb. I am out here on business and would like to attend. But with the weather the way it is (windy and cold) may choose to stay at the casino and get pictures with the players insted of seeing them actually play. I wonder if I am not the only one doing the same?