Do you think that this scoring will actually catch on recreationally?aj_m2009 said:Im actually really surprised they went thru with this!:O All its gonna do is make the sport less popular. I mean u have singles with one set of scoring, then u have doubles with another set. The scoring was already confusing enuf without this crap!
http://www.savedoubles.com/ is the official website for the doubles players affected.The raging controversy over the future of men's doubles is virtually over after newly hired chairman of the board Etienne de Villiers delivered a very promising settlement proposal to the 45 players who last Thursday sued the ATP Tour.
The key points from de Villiers:
* Revocation of the "2008 Rule," which would have prohibited any player from participating in doubles at an ATP event who was not concurrently in the singles draw. That would have effectively killed doubles.
* Accept the several low-financial impact proposals from the players, including the hiring of a director of doubles, who would be a sort of advocate for the doubles players. Other items on that players list include requiring tournament directors to post placards on the grounds showing the doubles rankings and the doubles draw and making a full effort to promote doubles with free clinics and radio, TV and newspaper spots.
* Continue with plans for an experimental use of altered scoring for the rest of the season, beginning after the U.S. Open. That means no-ad scoring (receiving team getting choice of ad or deuce box on the seventh and final point), tiebreaks at 5-5 instead of 6-6 and super-tiebreaks is sets are one-all.
There is still a hard core of players who want to get rid of the scoring changes as well, but there appears to be a growing feeling that de Villiers is going to be reasonable to deal with in settling all the issues that have driven doubles players to sue, and they're willing to drop the suit.
Alot of night tennis competitions in Australia already play first to 6 game sets, with a tiebreaker played at 5-5 all.Matthew said:Do you think that this scoring will actually catch on recreationally?
In a lot of recreational competitions around here we often shorten the matches (play one set, one set with start at 2-2, best-of-two sets (and a supertiebreak to 10 if it stands 1-1 after the normal sets) etc etc - all depending on how my time we have available. We've also tested a variant called "Sprint" where you instead of playing normal sets play tiebreaks - so a match is "best of three tiebreaks" (we tested two variants - tiebreak to 7 and to 10. My personal feeling is that it felt better playing tiebreaks to 10 in that case).equinox said:Alot of night tennis competitions in Australia already play first to 6 game sets, with a tiebreaker played at 5-5 all.
You are echoing the sentiments of the ATP officials who railroaded these proposed doubles changes. Unfortunately, players and 8 out of 10 Chinese fans don't like the changes, so you and the ATP officials seem to be in the minority.wjwalsh said:I see no problem in the ATP getting rid of the fodder that is doubles.How many people are honestly interested in a doubles tournament like the one in China?
simi said:Nah! It isn't that bad. Heck, in a good year we get to see at least three Davis Cup doubles matches on a Saturday.