Why don’t players shift to doubles completely

gadge

Professional
Like hingis did. I know it’s not as popular as singles but you can still play the sport you love without much physical pressure, just for fun. Someone like Venus or henin could’ve really just played doubles and people would still be interested. Hingis did make the doubles popular when she was playing.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Like hingis did. I know it’s not as popular as singles but you can still play the sport you love without much physical pressure, just for fun. Someone like Venus could really just play doubles and people would still be interested. Hingis did make the doubles popular when she was playing.
All the traveling and hassles of having the right partner and most importantly scheduling. all these things have to be right in order for it to work
 

gadge

Professional
All the traveling and hassles of having the right partner and most importantly scheduling. all these things have to be right in order for it to work
I’m sure people would love to play with Venus. Hingis admitted that she just was no longer strong enough for singles but wanted to keep playing tennis. Since she wasn’t winning much in singles, she just shifted to doubles to travel around and have fun and was racking up titles like crazy.
 

topher

Hall of Fame
I’m sure people would love to play with Venus
Yes, but she wouldn’t want to play with just anybody. It’s a much better experience if you’re playing with someone you get along with both on and off court.
 

gadge

Professional
Yes, but she wouldn’t want to play with just anybody. It’s a much better experience if you’re playing with someone you get along with both on and off court.
I low-key want the Williams sisters to play a year on tour in doubles and retire. I know that won’t happen
 

topher

Hall of Fame
I low-key want the Williams sisters to play a year on tour in doubles and retire. I know that won’t happen
Do they get along and hang out a lot off court? Not uncommon for famous siblings to secretly not get along super well, too much ego intertwined with sibling rivalries.
 

gadge

Professional
Do they get along and hang out a lot off court? Not uncommon for famous siblings to secretly not get along super well, too much ego intertwined with sibling rivalries.
They do and back in the day they played doubles a lot
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
I’m sure people would love to play with Venus. Hingis admitted that she just was no longer strong enough for singles but wanted to keep playing tennis. Since she wasn’t winning much in singles, she just shifted to doubles to travel around and have fun and was racking up titles like crazy.
Ok then she needs a regular partner that fits her schedule and is willing to play only doubles as well. Who would that be ? very tough to find a good partner
 

BeatlesFan

Bionic Poster
Probably because there is no money in doubles and you need to split half of your small prize money pay check.
You're mistaken about lack of money in doubles. In 2020, the male Indian Wells doubles winners pocketed $497,000. Even for a 500 ATP event like Barcelona, the winning doubles team splits $70,000.
 

Open Stance

Semi-Pro
You're mistaken about lack of money in doubles. In 2020, the male Indian Wells doubles winners pocketed $497,000. Even for a 500 ATP event like Barcelona, the winning doubles team splits $70,000.
I guess it depends on what is considered good money....YTD earnings for the following doubles players

#1 Mate Pavic - $609k
#10 Juan Sebastian Cabal - $287k
#20 Marcel Melo - $152k
#50 Alexander Bublk - $175k (vs. $812k in singles)
#100 Igor Zelenay - $33k

For reference, the #100 male singles player has YTD earnings of $403k
 

big ted

Hall of Fame
martina and mac did it a bit too...
id like to see fedr/a.murray wimbledon next year..
to me a GS title is a GS title lol
 

ibbi

Legend
Probably a combination of less money, and finding a reliable partner (someone who is good, someone you get on with, someone who isn't primarily a singles player that will quit on you if things are going well for them there), and maybe a degree of ego of being in what is clearly the second tier discipline with a spotlight not entirely on yourself?

It was either Federer or Murray, I want to say Murray, a year or two ago who said they had no intention of continuing only as a doubles player, and I'm sure a lot of the top players feel that way. Venus and Serena are pretty much only going to play with one another, though they have had a few brief dalliances with mixed in the last couple of years after having not done so since the 90s, but certainly for Serena it seems very much a side amusement.
 

tex123

Professional
Like hingis did. I know it’s not as popular as singles but you can still play the sport you love without much physical pressure, just for fun. Someone like Venus or henin could’ve really just played doubles and people would still be interested. Hingis did make the doubles popular when she was playing.
It's a completely different game and and a different skill required. You need to have the right partner to be able to compensate the strengths and weaknesses. If you an individualist, you're not necessarily going to enjoy doubles. Then there is ego involved. Just ask Bhupathi-Paes or Murray-Aussie player(?). If you are Federer or Nadal or Djokovic and you pair up with a 200 ranked singles player (but a superior doubles player), that's not going to work out.
 
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