What happened to the ATP Masters Series Shields?

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  1. jamesblakefan#1

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    Guys used to hold up the ATP Masters Shield whenever they won a MS title.

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    However lately guys have been just holding up regular trophies.

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    Has the ATP gotten rid of the shield since the changeover last year? Sorry if this is an obvious question, I liked the shield and thought it was a nice touch, some of the trophies are just so plain; at least the shield signified something.
     
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  2. ninman

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    I would guess so since they aren't called master series anymore.
     
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    Getting rid of the Masters Series shields was a very dumb move. Downgrading Hamburg in favour of Madrid was even worse. And don't even get me started on the "ATP TOUR" plastered across the nets.
     
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    they removed madrid harcourts right, well i didnt like that,
     
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    The Madrid indoor masters event was removed in favour of Shanghai in order to move a clay-court Madrid tournament into Hamburg's old slot. One thing I did like about the 2009 changes was the YEC at the O2 Arena in London.
     
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    I agree, they could have changed to "Masters 1000" but still kept the shield. It really did add significance to a MS victory when you see a guy like Nalbandian who'd done so much and yet to win a MS before Madrid 07. Really was a special moment. Now it's just a regular old trophy, takes some of the significance away in my eyes at least.
     
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    There is no Master's series anymore.... Just 1000 series or whatever
     
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    their not called master series..their ATP 1000's.

    btw

    does anyone else lol at roddicks face in that picture?
     
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    mustard did the ATP do that because they lost Mercedez Benz as a main sponsor?
     
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    Downgrading MC to non-mandatory tournament didn't help either.
     
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    It's possible. I'm not entirely sure what the whole story is.
     
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    Yeah now its called the World Tour Finals.

    Haven't these people been on the interweb before?
     
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  14. RoddickAce

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    Wow, the Indian Wells trophy looks like a block of ice.
     
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    It doesn't matter. Winning the tournament means much more to the players than the trophy that comes with it, or what it looks like, or what it's called
     
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    The move from Hamburg to Madrid was a horrendous decision.
     
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    Masters Series tournaments used to be so hard to win in the old days. You had to play 6 matches (no byes in the first round for the top seeds) in one week (not like now) and the final was played to the best of five sets.

    I really wish the old idea of the Masters Series was brought back. De Villiers ruined the ATP.
     
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    JamesBlakeFan#1: Indian Wells and Nasdaq 100 open (at that time) never handed out the water-crystal shields to the champions. Indian Wells always handed out a 'dolphin' like ornimant and Miami always handed out a glass cup.
     
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    In the past I think that:
    - Indian Wells and Miami had regular trophies and no shields as Anaconda said, as well as Canada and Paris
    - Monte-Carlo and Rome had both regular trophies and shields which was pretty cool
    - Hamburg, Cincinnati and Madrid when it was indoors had shields but no regular trophies

    I miss the shields, plus the dolphin at Indian Wells and the tree at Paris (both those tournament have ugly trophies now).
    All the masters events should have best of 5 set finals apart from Canada and Cincy.
     
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    Could be worse. At least they are not the Moro Islamic Liberation Front.
     
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    Terrible idea.
     
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