Would ATP milk the Big 5 concept by enticing them to play on the senior tour ?

Red Rick

Talk Tennis Guru
#2
Do you see the possibility ? Or would the fear be it would cannibalize the attendance / interest in the main tour ?
Champions Tour won't cannibalize the main Tour by any stretch of the imagination. Not more than the the void of the Big 5 leaving would anyway.

What I think will happen is those dudes will get all the coaching roles in Laver Cup type events and stuff. Maybe they even mixed in senior matches in Laver Cup, or 'mixed' doubles with Legends and active ATP players.
 

BGod

Hall of Fame
#3
I can tell you for the Canadian Open I've seen senior matches between the likes of Agassi & Courier get more butts in the seats than R16 matches. And no flack to Courier but....yeah.

I think pairing with Masters or even 500 tournaments would be a smart business bet, but Murray might not be able to play even at that level if his pain is that severe. Becker doesn't really go out there with his knees.

But health permitting, yeah, especially Indian Wells. Could be a nice Semifinal pairing.
 
#6
I think it would be popular if that's what the players want to do. With hundreds of millions in the bank and rivalries that already span over a decade, they might not want to continue them.
 
#8
I think it would be popular if that's what the players want to do. With hundreds of millions in the bank and rivalries that already span over a decade, they might not want to continue them.
Even today folks talk about McEnroe vs Borg, McEnroe vs Lendl, McEnroe vs Connors rivalries. There is money to be made there. People always fall for nostalgia.

McEnroe played till 60. There is abundant scope here.
 
#9
Champions tour doesn't have enough money and is private. ATP won't throw money at it cuz no big advertising revenue.
It is completely different from Fish/Blake/Enquist/Ivanisevic/Courier playing vs the attraction Big 5 can generate. If not ATP, then it could be a different event sponsor.
 
#10
I like the idea but there'd be many problems in trying to make this any kind of long term thing, chief among them being that none of the big 5, for various reasons, seem much interested in competition if they aren't vying to be the absolute best in the world.

Because of this, and other issues, I think you can only hope for what I think we'll ultimately get: the occasional tournament featuring one or a couple of them, and numerous exhibition matches for their academies and other charities. Bet the Big 4 will play a doubles match at some point.

That said, I already cannot wait to watch the first senior event to nab all of them, plus a Tsonga/Roddick/Hewitt/Delpo-type undercard.
 
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