I attend as many college tennis matches as I can. I just spent three days at the ITA Indoor Championships. And I say that whoever came up with the idea of College Dual Tennis Match was/is a genius. There's nothing not to like.
- The entire thing start to finish takes 2-2.30 hrs. Perfect.
- There's always something to watch. Since they play so many matches simultaneously there are always two-three competitive matches at least.
- No-ad, no let rules, well, rule.
- The entire match can literally turn on one point. Illinois was down 0:3 and and trailing 2:5 in the third on court #4 against Texas. Keenan saved like two match points, climbed all the way to 6:6, I think saved another match point, and eventually won. Had he not saved that match points it would have been an uneventful 4:0 for Texas. Then Texas was up 5:3 in the third on court#6 - Illinois won again. And on #3 Illinois was up 5:3 in third, they failed to hold the serve for the win, and lost in the tiebreaker by the slimiest margin 7:5
- No-ad - did I mention it rules? You are down to a final team point, the team is trailing 0:1 and 5:6, and it is 40:40. You lose - it's over, you win - they may be playing for another hour.
- Since there are multiple matches at the same time there's no way to enforce any silence during the points. Since the point is always over _somewhere_.
- The comments by players or public are sooo funny, and not really in a mean way.
- Most players have no illusion that this is the end of the road for them as far as serious tennis goes. And they are not going to be pros. So they just enjoy it, feel terrible when they lose for the team - but it's not like the life is over.
- for a player all outcomes are at least somewhat positive: you won and the team won - great, you won and the team lost - not great but pretty good, you lost and the team won - not too bad, you lost and the team lost - well, I'm not the _only_ one at fault.