new doubles rules

nSLICE

New User
what's with the new doubles rules, no ad scoring no 3rd set, this is the dumbest thing i've heard atp do imo.
any comments
 

Matias

New User
well, sadly business will always be before the sports. So, if the new rules makes doubles a better business, i don't think the atp will change the rules back anytime soon.
 

Ronaldo

Talk Tennis Guru
Well at least no tie-break at 4-4, Could just play a pro-set, saw that happen 1st-hand at USTA Adult national championships in Orlando. Matches were rained out, no indoor courts, semis and finals were played on Sunday. You complain about third set 10 pt tie-breaks, a pro-set really bites.
 
Yes, you are right!

nSLICE said:
what's with the new doubles rules, no ad scoring no 3rd set, this is the dumbest thing i've heard atp do imo.
any comments
It is as to say goodbye to doubles tennis as any athletic sport. Using that concept in the future doubles players will be almost similar to the present golf - players as to their age and form. The only difference is that tennis players are taller. What a stupid idea to develop tennis!

I don't undertand that there could be tennis authorities who REALLY believe that it could increase the popularity of tennis as a TV-sport!
 

bigserving

Hall of Fame
Markus Kaila said:
I don't undertand that there could be tennis authorities who REALLY believe that it could increase the popularity of tennis as a TV-sport!
The theory of the new rules is to encourage more of the big name singles players to play dubs. The rules are in place simply to make doubles matches shorter and even less physically demanding.

Tournaments hold doubles events and fill the draws with people that no one really cares to watch. The tourneys must foot the bill to house, feed, transport, and pay players who bring in zero revenue in the form of ticket sales. Something needs to be done to get more top singles (known) players to play the dubs just to make it economically viable.

Even on this board, there is barely a week that goes by that someone does not bring up the subject of making the tennis season shorter. The theory there is to give players more rest and reduce injuries by making the tour less physically demanding. In the current format, there is just no incentive for the top players to ever compete in the doubles draw.

For those of us who attend pro events, we know that the doubles has a significantly less popularity than singles. At the US Open men's dubs finals, there was no more than a thousand fans in attendance.

No one follows professional doubles. Few, if any, tennis fans can name five of the top ten doubles teams off the top of their head. I cannot, and I attend ten or twelve pro tourneys per year including the USO.

If doubles had any popularity at the pro level, doubles players would simply start their own tour. But they won't. There is simply no demand in the current format.

I am not a big fan of the new rules and not sure if more top players will compete, but I do applaud the ATP for at least attempting to put a product on the court that fans will pay to see.
 
And....

As if you think that if Nadal, Roddick, Hewitt, Agassi and Safin would have played besides singles also doubles with these new rules they would have been healthier in the end of the season....

Perhaps you think of it once more!
 

Grigollif1

Semi-Pro
Yes, I believe the third set Tie breaker , is a good Rule. I don't quite agree with the no ADs because let's say for instance you are behind 15-40 and you are able to get to 40 all. With Ads you have some breathing space. But, with no ads is very tough to overcome a 15-40 score and win the game.... Just with a 3 sets tie breaker, it will reduce greatly the overall time. They should leave it at that...
 
Your attitude.....

Zverev said:
True, something has to be tried.
With that attitude you (and we) will have soon the no-ad rule in singles, too. (And short sets?) Is that what you want? Goodbye for ever to tennis as an athletic sport.

Sorry Lendl, Connors, Agassi.... They don't know what they are making to your sport!
 
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