Roddicks special treatment

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  1. Chadwixx

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    i know this is out of his hands but why hinder the other semi final match just so he can play on tv?

    quoted from the yahoo article

    "Mirnyi and Haas played Saturday morning because Roddick was scheduled for the prime afternoon slot for television."

    "I wasn't sharp enough,'' Haas said. ``I don't want to use any excuses. I've never played a semifinal match before at 10:30.''

    i wonder if the tournament director told these guys to finish quickly so they can get the stadium cleaned up for the roddick match :)
     
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    Roddick has always gotten special treatment. Remember the U.S open in 2003 when he was allowed to play one of his rounds, I believe his 4th round match, before some women had even played their 3rd round match! I dont believe that had ever happened before. If I became president of the ATP tour I would change the result of his semifinal cheating win over Nalbandian to a loss, have Nalbandian and Ferrero play for the 2003 U.S open title, have Roddick's year-end ranking dropped to #3, with Ferrero being #1 and Federer #2 if Ferrero won, and Federer #1 and Ferrero #2, if Ferrero lost that U.S open final to Nalbandian(the year-end points between Ferrero and Federer were mathematically as such that Ferrero's U.S open final with Nalbandian would have decided). Also the ATP and ITF titles of Roddick be stripped, since he never would have won them without his cheating U.S open win, automatically given to Ferrero if he won the U.S open delayed final with Nalbandian, and given to Federer if he loses. Unfortunately they would never do that since nobody has the balls to do what is right. He is allowed to get away with more cheating and special treatment than any player on tour, it is a joke!!!!!!
     
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    Ah, nevermind...
     
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  4. VamosRafa

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    Yeah, a huge nevermind.

    Neither Haas nor Roddick is in it.
     
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    In this sense (scheduling and some other perks) indeed, Roddick gets some special treatment....but this is nothing new. Unfortunately in tennis and other sports sometimes marquee players have gotten slight but unfair advantages because of the money they bring in. Unfortunate as you would like a completely impartial level playing field.

    There have been incidents many times before in tennis where an advantage was given to a big name player where the motivations were suspicious. I remember not too many years ago, Becker accused Agassi of getting special treatment partly because of his connections through Nike....I doubted that one....I think any advantage given to Agassi was because he is Agassi...I don't think Nike would even have to pull strings....lol
     
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  6. VamosRafa

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    I made a duplicate response by mistake.

    No worries. they are basically the same. Just trying to save some space.
     
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  7. VamosRafa

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    Although everything was rendered moot in this instance, as neither Haas nor Roddick got to the final (Who is playing the final, btw?),

    You are right. The marquee players are giving scheduling edges.

    I think that's done to sell tickets, to promote the sport, and some such nonsense.

    It's not fair at all.

    Especially to the people who buy the tickets, hoping to see Haas or Roddick or another name player.

    Better that they buy a ticket and just know it's all up to the luck of the draw, the weather, injuries and such.
     
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    Back to that USOpen thing... I think one thing people seem to forget is why Andy and Andre got to play matches during the rain delay - because they were willing to stick around and wait it out all day for the opportunity. A number of players were apparently given that option and chose to be released from the grounds at 6 pm (or whatever the cutoff time was).

    As for scheduling, all tournament promoters will put the players that sell in the prime places. This is true for all countries, and it's different players in each one. Here in the US, that will mean Andy and Andre, and to a lesser extent Mardy, James, and even Tommy sometimes. In France, it will be Amelie Mauresmo or Grosjean.

    Now, let's get back to complaining about Andy's ugly service motion or one-dimensional game......
     
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    We were all dissappointed that Roddick coouldn't play Carlsen. Roddick did come out to address the crowd and apologize for not being able to play. The crowd was glad he did it.
     
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    Just as Gaston Gadio came to the Brasil Open to explain why he couldn't play this week.

    And Guga, who is still recovering from his surgery, also made a press statement on how he hopes to play the tournament again.

    They are class players, just as Andy is.

    But injuries do happen; it's a fact of the sport.
     
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    Roddick's "special treatment"

    Chadwixx, you are indeed a rookie. Haas played the previous day at 3:30 pm while Roddick played later, at 6:30 pm. Also, Haas' opponent (Mirnyi) had a doubles semi-final to play as well. That is why Haas got the 10:30 am slot and Roddick was scheduled for 3:00 pm.
     
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    Whatever... A.Dick lovers are all high school virgins. His presence of any kind is always an unsurpassed inspiration to all of them.
     
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  13. VamosRafa

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    Give me an f-ing break.
     
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  14. @wright

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    I don't consider myself a Roddick lover by any means. He has gained a little respect from me in the past year by making some classy gestures. He is a good sport, you can't deny that. He also does what he can for the sport that has given him so much, just like Federer does.
     
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    This post does not deserve a response. But I do get one clear impression. When it's an american player male or female they get blasted by the haters for whatever is the Soup de Jour.

    I have yet to see one complete post about the Chilean crowd so roucus in which they overwhelmingly cheer for F.Gonzloz and against Gaudio. That's just one example. If it was the an american on american soil you who are the vultures of this kind of topic would have your little trolling lines out as fast as you could.

    Get over it. American players playing in the US and are selling the most tickets get the nod for some favoritism. Can anyone here show us how it's different anywhere else on the planet. Tell me how Henman or Schrichipan does not get special treatment when they play in their country. You can't.

    Remember this, in big time pro tennis and other sports money and TV ratings makes the world go around, like it or not. Those who are the marquie players in their home country or regions and are the main ticket draw are going to get some favorite treatment. Fair or not.........that's the way it is and always will be.
     
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  16. Chadwixx

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    kinda like his us open in 2003?

    i recall the last multi page thread about roddick easy draws and its funny none of this came up, did u learn something from that thread or did u sober up?

    ford please read freaking quote, haas wasnt playing at 10:30 because of the doubles, he was playing so roddick can play on tv.

    here is the link to the orig article

    http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news;_y...HNlYwN0aA--?slug=ap-memphis&prov=ap&type=lgns
     
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  17. andfor

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    Now you are saying the draws are rigged? Pretty clear who's not thinking clear this time.
     
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    I would have to agree the draws are setup in Rodnicks favor. Look at the Australian Open, he played one played in the top 20 and lost. Last week he won a tournament and never faced a player in the top 50. How does he keep the number 3 ranking. When he slips to 4, you think they will put him in the Federer side?

    Seeding by ranking should be enforced. I say seed 64 / 128 and you eliminate easy draws. Rankings are earned, Seeding are appointments by tournament committee members. The tournament committee has one thing, put the most number of butts in the stands, and ESPN has hyped up Roddick so much it is a joke.
     
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  19. Camilio Pascual

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    To answer your first question: To maximize profits and make more money. Perfectly sensible reason and any TV programming or tournament director who did otherwise is not doing his job properly.

    It always cracks me up when a player says something like Haas did, Mirnyi was out there early in the day, too. Personally, I'm a morning person and would be delighted to play in the morning, getting more rest before the next match, maybe more than Roddick, eh?
     
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    Not taking sides here, but I thought you weren't into exacerbating the situation here...this looks/reads/is fairly argumentative (even for a lawyer) and nothing short of antagonistic.
     
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    I watched the Haas/Mirnyi match, and I'm supposed to be real angry that
    Federer and all the other poor players don't get special treatment. I hope I can troll more often!
     
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    I guess Federer does not need special treatment to beat up on Roddick, seems to be automatic these days. Interesting in the heat Federer is playing afternoon matches, while Roddick plays night matches against lesser opponents.
    Let’s face it, the hype is on for Roddick and he is not making it on his own merits, but only through easy draws and scheduling. Not sure he belongs in the top 10 anymore, lets give Agassi the easier shedule / Draws much better tennis.
     
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    so the integrity of the game comes 2nd to making money? WWE here we come.

    btw i find it amusing that the roddick fans explain why he is getting special treatment yet they cant admit he gets special treatment.


    i do find it highly amusing that the tournament director got screwed by this. im sure very few showed up to see the 10:30 semi final, while his marquee match at 3pm was a default.
     
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    Okay, so the first goal is to make money. No wonder USTA has been losing money promoting the game.

    Anyway, little things can be done to make US tennis look less pathetic with such being the mentally.
     
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    Yes, that is funny. How oft the plans of both mice and men...
     
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    More on Roddick's special treatment: He had his own parking spot right next to the front door to the Racquet Club of Memphis, how fair is that?!?!? Tommy Haas had one too, although not as close as Roddick's. You'd think they only want the big name guys to win the tournament! Where was Kenneth Carlsen's spot? I'll tell you where it was, nowhere!
     
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    Carlsen will have a Mercedes and parking spot right next to Roddick's next year. All past Memphis Champions get a Mercedes and a front row parking spot during the week of the tournamment. Awright I know your joking but most of the "the shooter was on the grassy knoll" folks don't. They take themselves a little to serious.

    As for tournament directors screwing themselves trying to put one match in front of the other for TV and ticket sales it happens. Not just in the USA.

    All of you who think that tennis associations and promoters world-wide are not trying to trying to maximize their revenues are living in a dream world.

    Those who believe there's a conspiracy to make the draws easier for certain players have a little to much time or your hands. The best players who sell the most tickets get perks. If that means playing during primetime than what's so bad with that?
     
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    andfor, so u agree that roddick did get special treatment over the other players in this case? simple yes or no is fine.

    u have tap danced around the orig post, its not why he gets special treatment, its that he gets special treatment.
     
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    btw, which network was scheduled to carry the roddick semi final match?
     
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    In this case he may have. I am sure if I talked with the right folks I bet they would most likely say he did. What I am trying to say I just don't see the big deal about a US tournament taking care of a US player who is selling the heck out of tickets and is a boost to the TV ratings. I would expect and I am sure special treatment happens to all the top players world-wide. Draw fixing is another story and I don't buy it. It's luck plain and simple.

    Look I am not some kind of VamosRoddick or anything, but have you ever been to a match of his? Or for that matter Aggassi, McEnroe, Jimmy Connors, Phillipouses, Patrick Rafter or Guga Kuerten? I have and Roddick and all those players put a**'s in the seats big time. If I was a tournament director I'd give them special treatment.

    Why do you think Coria was in Europe instead of Brazil last week? Not just to work on his hard court game, money was the main reason he was over there getting shelled instead of comfortably on dirt 15 ft. behind a baseline in Brasil. And when Coria was in Europe I bet he got a ton of cash and perks.

    Don't forget last years Memphis defending champion Jochim Johannson did not come back to Memphis but instead went to Rotterdam. Did he do this because of tournament fairness? No, Rotterdam pays huge appearance fees, they always have. I don't know that to be the sole reason but I bet it was a major factor. No one here is blasting JJ for that. If it was Roddick or a US player they would. JJ lost early while chasing the cash in Rotterdam, why doesn't anyone blast off on that? I think it's funny he lost those points chasing the cash. Did JJ get special treatment while at Rotterdam, you bet your bottom he did. Still got beat.

    I bet Rotterdam offers more appearance fees than Brasi or Memphis. I commend those players who cold have run for the cash and stayed home or in region to support tennis in their area.

    The tournament directors world-wide have heavy competition against each other. Often they are up against 1 or 2 other tour stops. Sadly most top players go play where the bucks are and I am not talking about just prize money.


    Here in Memphis, a local TV station carried the singles final live. I missed it. I saw the double on the Tennis Channel live. Do you know if the Tennis Channel is going to carry the Memphis final re-run?

    We all just see things different sometimes..........lol
     
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    I'm just mad that he is a 22 year old has-been and the media is still treating him like a tennis god(at least americans) They all want to have a big serve like him and the forehand but forgot about the basics that people like Laver and Federer have shown: style and grace beats sheer power any time. I'm glad this has been brought up though. The attention that surrounds Roddick is absurd, but he is an American, and he is one of the few Americans that has made a name for himself. The American media likes to hype up any player of this kind. But that has been said already. There's just nothing we can do about it, except not watch. (read sig)
     
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    Expect me to feel sorry for Federer, the object of Patrick McEnroe's love fest? LMFAO!!! How ironic.
    I'm VERY glad that the U.S. cares a lot about basketball, golf, baseball and football.

    I certainly am not afraid to criticize the players or media.
    Too bad, the clowns in tennis forums are so predictable. Years of this manure only make me laugh. I am not so obsessed with tennis players that I have to lie to rile people up.
     
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    The hype surrounding Andre Agassi during the 1990s far exceeds any hype that currently surrounds Roddick. Anyways I am not sure what the problem is. Roddick is currently the best player in the US. Who exactly should the US media take an interest in? Vince Spadea, Taylor Dent? Mardy Fish? Kevin Kim?
     
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    Umm

    The tournament he won last week the SAP open he beat Tommy Haas who was the #3 seed and ranked #17. The only other top 50 player on his side of the bracket was Max MIRNYI who lost to SAULNIER. The tournament did not have enough top 50 players that he would have had to face more than 2 of them no matter how the draws were done.

    In the Australian open he didn't face any top 20 players because all the top 20 players lost on his side of the bracket until he faced Hewitt. Safin had a far easier route to the semifinals than Roddick had. I don't see anybody saying there was a conspiracy for him. BTW why exactly would the Aussies help Roddick? Wouldn't they want to help Hewitt instead?
     
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    Paranoia by some jealousy by others. Take your pick.
     
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    Why exactly is he a "has-been"? Last I checked he was #3 in the world and still winning tournaments, making the semis of slams pretty consistently. And what American media are you talking about? They don't even talk about tennis enough to create hype for any player. (Well, except maybe the Williams sisters . . .)

    Talk to Martina Hingis and get back to me.
     
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    Professional tennis....the words themselves define the purpose....tennis for money.

    Let's not forget that Wimbledon has two locker rooms. It's not until you become marquee that you get the good locker room.

    Tennis is a Darwanistic sport. You don't have a team to rely on. You're out there by yourself.

    Breaks? This was never better exemplified than the Senior Tour a few years ago. When Connors started it, there was one guarantee; Connors would be in the finals and so would Borg or McEnroe. Think about it guys, tennis is entertainment....who wants to see Tim Wilkinson play John Lloyd in the finals of a tourney? Connors wouldn't let his good buddy Nastase on the tour because he was too fat. All of the seniors who were out of shape got into shape to present a product. Now it's turned into quite a nice, competitive tour that doesn't base its results on predefined finalists. Now it has a good enough draw of players that they can play straight up.

    If Roddick gets a good parking place and Myrni has to take the bus, well that's because Roddick puts butts in the seats. Given the choice of the final that was played in Memphis versus Haas versus Roddick, how many of us would choose the former? I know I'd rather see Haas/Roddick. I do agree though that seeing Roddick (or the Williams) every time ESPN broadcasts is frustrating, but the casual viewer (which outnumbers the serious fan) would rather see one of the three, not some European that they don't know.

    The reference to the WWF reminds me of the argument of the men's tour versus the women's. Both tours are trying to put out as good a product as they can. Yet the women's tour is constantly knocked as being an inferior product. If we're going to be completely fair, then the women's tour should get equal prize money to the men's. I don't agree with that assessment by the way.

    I suspect it's a fact that the Slams help scheduling to favor the home boys. I know they give wild cards to players from the home nation, and they should. The Slams are interested in putting butts in seats as well. I mean really, how much favorable can a draw be? You still have to win every match regardless of who it's against.
     
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    Go BEAST! ^_^

    Lessee... a match between two baseliners or a match involving a serve-volleyer. What a difficult decision!
     
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    Small point, but as far as I know, EVERY player in the main draw that wanted one was given a car in Memphis (but not a Mercedes). And yes, the defending champion gets the parking spot by the door. Since Joachim was not there, Andy was the most recent champion. (Taylor Dent was also not there, choosing the cash over the easy draw).

    Draws are done in public (except that odd Australian computer thing), so once again, could someone please explain to me how they are fixed? That's what I thought...
     
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    The good looking Europeans, South Americans and Australians suffer in great, hard-fought matches. In order to become a beautiful clone, the ugly, evil robotic has-been is supposed to magically change what happened in his life.
    Change his body type, life style, tennis courts, parents and coaches.
    Don't kill tennis! Don't pay players to throw matches in easy U.S. tournaments!
     
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  41. Camilio Pascual

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    Andy Roddick and many other players get special treatment for the tournament's sake, not necessarily for their own sake. People here have cried about Pete, Andy, and Andre getting special treatment with night (primetime) matches. Do you really think this is for their sake or the tour/tournament's sake? I'd be screaming my lungs out having to play night matches, I want to play somewhere between 6AM and noon, myself. Especially against Tommy Haas.
    Nice post, Rabbit, for telling it the way it really is. We TW fans who want to watch claycourtiers (made up new word)Alberto Fonzo v. Giuseppe Bertagenui are unimportant to the mainline broadcasters, the wants of the vast majority should be served. The Tennis Channel is for serving our wants.
     
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    You've got some real issues don't you?
     
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    goober Quote:
    Originally Posted by barry
    I would have to agree the draws are setup in Rodnicks favor. Look at the Australian Open, he played one played in the top 20 and lost. Last week he won a tournament and never faced a player in the top 50. How does he keep the number 3 ranking. When he slips to 4, you think they will put him in the Federer side?
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    Umm

    The tournament he won last week the SAP open he beat Tommy Haas who was the #3 seed and ranked #17. The only other top 50 player on his side of the bracket was Max MIRNYI who lost to SAULNIER. The tournament did not have enough top 50 players that he would have had to face more than 2 of them no matter how the draws were done.

    In the Australian open he didn't face any top 20 players because all the top 20 players lost on his side of the bracket until he faced Hewitt. Safin had a far easier route to the semifinals than Roddick had. I don't see anybody saying there was a conspiracy for him. BTW why exactly would the Aussies help Roddick? Wouldn't they want to help Hewitt instead?
    Yesterday 08:57 PM



    Great Post goober
     
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    Yeah but you have to admit Henman as a quarterfinal, Melzer as your round of 32, and Grosjean, Canas, Massu the highest seeds in your area other than Henman(your other considered 4th or quarterfinal opponents) is about the easiest draw on paper any of the top 4 guys could hope for. Compare that to the draws Hewitt and Federer started the tournament with you and you will see whose is tougher.

    Of course the SAP was a weaker field to begin with. I dont know why he enters easier tier 2 and tier 3 events, rather than the ones with tougher opposition. It is like he is happy to avoid them and rack up the points like grocery coupons.
     
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    can u provide me with a link to exactly how the public draws are done? im yet to see how this works.

    i was under the impression the each tournament has a seeding committee and they choose who is seeded and where they are placed.
     
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    Davey, what's your definition of tier 2 and 3 vs. what you think are tier 1 events? I tried to make it out but got confused(imagine that). Is this your definition or the ATP Tours?

    http://www.atptennis.com/en/tournaments/fullcalendar/

    From what I gather some of the tournaments are either equal to others elsewhere on the planet and some look equal by definition but differ in prize money during any given week. Yes sometimes there is a lower rated tournament vs. a higher one during the same week. International, International Gold, Master Series and Grand Slams. What's the difference? If I guess right the order I placed them is lowest to highest for accumulating points purposes.

    By that and by looking at the ATP calendar until I stand corrected it does not look as if Roddick is as you stated avoiding anyone or any tournament. Most weeks there 2 or 3 tournaments world-wide. As much as they have to travel can you blame the Euros, South American and US players for staying home/in-region given the schedule? Sure there are exceptions, Spaniards in SA last 2 weeks to play on clay. Why was Nadel and Martin not in Rotterdam? Would Nadel have won Rotterdam? Does anyone here blame them for that? JJ for stayed in Europe and did not defend his 1st ATP title which he won in Memphis. Why was he not in Memphis? Some of the more hard-court style Euros come to the US to play because the draws (at this time) allow for it more than in Europe (at this time). Should they stay at home and play in the qualies?

    Is yours another case of underlying dislike for certain players or do you want every pro to unrealistically chase Federer until the end of the earth?

    As for the rest of the bashers it's clear your making a stretch with your reasoning. It's all coincidence, you know, it does happen and can happen more than once. Just wait the luck will change. That's one thing you can count on in life is change.

    Rabbit explained it well. Read his post again.
     
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    Good question. I was under a different impression. I thought some tournaments and a very few at that seeded at their own digression i.e. Wimbledon and maybe a GS or two. The majority of tournaments use the ATP entry system. That's why I can't understand the conspiracy theorist here.

    Heck I don't know! Someone tell us how it works. No guessing about it please we get enough of that. Me included......
     
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    nono, seeding isnt done according to ranking. each tournament has a seeding committee, they no longer have to follow the rankings. kinda like wimbledon, someone showed me the atp rule and i was astonished how it works now.
     
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    It would be interesting to know which tournaments use their own seedings and which tournaments use the ATP Entry System. If what you say is the case I guess each tournament could use either system based on what the think is a greater benifit. Imagine that?

    Anyway, even if a players seed is different from his actual ATP entry rank the rest of the non-seeded draw is randomly done so luck of the draw to a large degree still applys.
     
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    Look, I am not trying to bust your chops, really. But could you be mistaken? As for the GS's I can see your most likely correct because they are not ATP events, they fall under the ITF, right?

    I copied this from the ATP Website. Read the last paragraph.

    INDESIT ATP 2005 Race

    What is it?

    An easy-to-understand, simple-to-follow annual race from season start to season end. Every player starts at zero at the beginning of the year and the player who accumulates the most points by season's end is the World Number 1.

    How does it work?

    Every player, regardless of his performances in the previous year, starts with zero points. Players count 18 performances in their INDESIT ATP 2005 Race total. Players eligible to enter the Grand Slams and Tennis Masters Series events must count those events and their best five other results from the International Series events. The Tennis Masters Cup will count as an additional 19th tournament for the eight players who qualify.

    Why should Grand Slam and Tennis Masters Series results count no matter what?

    Men's tennis has become a powerful game with a considerable and rapidly growing depth of talent. No longer is it possible for a handful of players to dominate the game and the headlines. To help build rivalries and showcase the game of tennis, it is necessary for the top players to face each other on a regular basis and to do it in a clearly defined elite level of events at the top of the game.

    What if a player is injured and can't play?

    If eligible to play in one of the Grand Slam or Tennis Masters Series events, a player must count the points from these tournaments, even if it is a zero because he missed the event. Just as in Formula One and numerous other sports, if a competitor misses a race or an event, he loses his chance to earn points.

    Will a lengthy injury break result in a player's ranking plummeting so low he can't enter events after recovering?

    No. Players will still have the benefit of a protected Entry System ranking that will allow them a period of protected entry status. However, the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race total will reflect only what they have achieved on the court during the year and will not be protected.

    How does a player qualify for tournaments?

    His entry status will be determined by his standing on the ATP Entry System, a rolling 52-week calculation based on the same 18 tournament rules that apply to the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race.

    Why continue with a 52-week rolling system at all?

    To determine seedings and tournament entry status, it is not practical to use the INDESIT ATP 2005 Race. The Race, while indicating the hottest players in the game at any stage, does not necessarily indicate an overall standing in the game. This is especially valid at the start of the year when early tournament winners may well be leading the Race but are not yet established top players for the purposes of seeding and tournament entry.
     
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