Tips for making tournaments more interesting during the corona pandemic?

Arvid

Semi-Pro
Was watching som cincy matches and was just blown away by how dull everything has become without audience. Its like watching a practise session....just empty stands and quiet all around. Seriously there has to be something that can be done to make things more exciting to watch, who knows how long this will continue, and if interest for watching tennis is not to die out something has to be done. Tennis is of course not the only sport suffering from this, but lets think out of the box....maybe big screens and where fans watching at home can be seen and heard from time to time, i dont know but come on tournament organisors something you must be able to think of....what do you think would be a good idea?
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Was watching som cincy matches and was just blown away by how dull everything has become without audience. Its like watching a practise session....just empty stands and quiet all around. Seriously there has to be something that can be done to make things more exciting to watch, who knows how long this will continue, and if interest for watching tennis is not to die out something has to be done. Tennis is of course not the only sport suffering from this, but lets think out of the box....maybe big screens and where fans watching at home can be seen and heard from time to time, i dont know but come on tournament organisors something you must be able to think of....what do you think would be a good idea?
i recommended adding cheerleaders from NC tarheels or any of the top colleges cheeleading team to come and cheer during the changeover. that would be more exciting
 

Tshooter

G.O.A.T.
“where fans watching at home can be seen and heard from time to time.” o_O

“Its like watching a practise session....just empty stands and quiet all around.”

Empty stands and quiet all around:

 
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MikhailT

Rookie
unpopular opinion, but just let 200 people in? Of course all with masks, symptoms screening and forcing 2 meters distance, except for couples living in the same household.
 

Arvid

Semi-Pro
unpopular opinion, but just let 200 people in? Of course all with masks, symptoms screening and forcing 2 meters distance, except for couples living in the same household.
Sure why not? Maybe there could be like a raffel for 200 seats. If a certain amount of people can be gathered lets allow that number of people in...
 

chrisb

Semi-Pro
AH yes the top .1 % could come show up late go to the boxes and watch about 20% of the matches. We would have gone full circle back to the days when only the very well to do could enjoy their game
 

MikhailT

Rookie
AH yes the top .1 % could come show up late go to the boxes and watch about 20% of the matches. We would have gone full circle back to the days when only the very well to do could enjoy their game
shouldn't be necessary top whatever percentage. Could be selected randomly or maybe limit to certain professions like medical staff, firefighters or whatever.

unpopular opinion, but just let 200 people in? Of course all with masks, symptoms screening and forcing 2 meters distance, except for couples living in the same household.
Another idea: let people in who already has had Covid-19.
 
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Deleted member 22147

Guest
If we must pander to the no fans etc...

some really good quality matches would help boost the entertainment...
 

adil1972

Hall of Fame
what are two french opens record by brjorn borg which only nadal has surpassed both of them

borg won 6 FO 2nd behind nadal 12 FO
borg 6-0 in FO finals again 2nd behind 12-0 nadal record in FO finals
 
To "liven" things up for the viewing audience they should play "strip tennis"--for every game they lose they must remove a garment of clothing.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
Cuomo made the USO possible, orange boy, and you have even admitted it. And yet another report from a site run by fruitloops, predictably enough.

Governor Cuomo can invite the thousands of former virus patients that somehow managed to survive his deathtrap Nursing Homes.

 
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Deleted member 768841

Guest
With Dan Evans screaming in the faces of other players, it’s not THAT quiet on court...
 

adil1972

Hall of Fame
it is hard to beleive in 12 FO finals nadal won all of them in 4 or 3 sets

not even one final went full distance
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
unpopular opinion, but just let 200 people in? Of course all with masks,
Only 200? The stadium seats over 20,000.
Let several thousand in. Practice six feet distancing. Masks are NOT required outside with distancing. Masks would be optional. Most people do not want to sit outside for 5 hours wearing a mask.

I heard on the news that a new research shows the social distance should be 8 meters.
IF true, this could mean the end of modern civilization.
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
We just witnessed the end of modern civilisation this week, so it has no future at all.

Only 200? The stadium seats over 20,000.
Let several thousand in. Practice six feet distancing. Masks are NOT required outside with distancing. Masks would be optional. Most people do not want to sit outside for 5 hours wearing a mask.
IF true, this could mean the end of modern civilization.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Have some friends over during the matches, socially distanced of course, and see who can drink the most bleach
 

vive le beau jeu !

Talk Tennis Guru
greyhounds racing around the court between points, juggling bears and otters in the stands...
(they could also throw tomatoes in case a player decides to breastfeed them)
 

ibbi

Legend
They should play Don't Stop by Fleetwood Mac during the points. Opening riff kicks in as the player hits the serve.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
Alarmists refusing to let a few thousand fans into a stadium seating 20,000+.
Even the French are still tentatively planning up to 50% capacity.

US Open Tennis without a crowd in the most vibrant energetic city on the planet is absurd.

 
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Blade0324

Hall of Fame
I'm sure this is an unpopular opinion, but I actually much prefer it with no fans. I can't stand people calling out and oohhhing and aaahhhing while the points are going on. Especially the idiot New York people which seems to be worse than anywhere else. They could bring in some current players or recently current players to commentate the matches instead of the moronic ones like Everett, Austin, Macenroe, Shriver, etc. Otherwise I think they should keep it without fans permanently.
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
Matches are much more fun to watch with Hawk Eye Live (which means no old fat people consuming valuable court real estate) and no fans (which means no clapping after every point and no shouting during serve toss and delaying the match).
 

sureshs

Bionic Poster
I'm sure this is an unpopular opinion, but I actually much prefer it with no fans. I can't stand people calling out and oohhhing and aaahhhing while the points are going on. Especially the idiot New York people which seems to be worse than anywhere else. They could bring in some current players or recently current players to commentate the matches instead of the moronic ones like Everett, Austin, Macenroe, Shriver, etc. Otherwise I think they should keep it without fans permanently.
Exactly.

Both of us agree on that.

However, what about you not being being able to attend? For me, Indian Wells, which I attended just once, was an excuse to stay in a hotel for a few days, and watch the pros practice on the side courts, and visit the TW tent, and eat at the exorbitantly-priced concession stands. Some posters here even scheduled matches with each other at various hotels and clubs. Also, as a volunteer for many many USTA, WTA and Davis Cup events, I enjoyed interacting with the fans. No fans means far fewer volunteers needed.

I think in the absence of fans, the sport will suffer in the long run, because enough new juniors and recreational players will not enter the sport.
 

Raul_SJ

G.O.A.T.
I'm sure this is an unpopular opinion, but I actually much prefer it with no fans
Hard core fans will be watching but they are a very small minority! Casual fans will be tuning out but time.

No crowd makes it far less interesting to the casual fan. Predict that US Open TV viewership will be way down.

ESPN is now regretting that $70,000,000 payout. But ESPN never anticipated a pandemic and a crowd-less tournament along with the defending champion Rafa and other top players not even bothering to show up.
 
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Deleted member 771911

Guest
Personally, I am OK with no fans and quite enjoy the down to business feel of it all.
But I see no harm in the OP's suggestion of screens with fans at home. Kids would especially love this and it's important to keep them invested in the game right now.
 

Open Stance

Semi-Pro
Assign John Lovitz to be the chair umpire. That might make it more entertaining.

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sureshs

Bionic Poster
Why not have a massive Zoom conference with all the virtual fans and have them shout and jump from home and show it live along with the match?
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Tips to make tournaments more interesting? Have Fognini come onto court in his Speedos while riding an inflatable unicorn.

Works for me.

 

dahcovixx

Professional
maybe big screens and where fans watching at home can be seen and heard from time to time
They are doing this is in wrestling. Its the dumbest thing ive ever seen :-D:-D:-D

Tennis is much better without fans, especially the trashy ones in NY.
 

N01E

Hall of Fame
Failing to serve out the match, then breaking opponent when he's serving for it and finishing in a 7-0 tie-break sounds like a good start.
 

SeeItHitIt

Professional
unpopular opinion, but just let 200 people in? Of course all with masks, symptoms screening and forcing 2 meters distance, except for couples living in the same household.
If you’re going to do all of that, just figure out what capacity can be and let them in. It would make a difference to the viewing audience and the players. In a stadium, 200 peeps will rattle around like 2 BB’s in a box car.

People stand in line for lots of things from grocery store checkout to Lowe’s garden center and are used to/aware of the new (sad) norm.

Without arguing about mask efficacy, % of population with T-cells that simply can’t get or pass c19 and who is most vulnerable (80% of nationwide deaths from Coronavirus are from population 65/older), life is a dangerous sport.
 
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