Published at Monday, March 12th, 2018 - 08:58:08 AM. Tennis. By Iris Theresa.
Many will remember the rash of disastrous late and first-round withdrawals that plagued the slams, especially the back-to-back opening-round mid-match retirements that occurred on Wimbledon Centre Court. It certainly did not paint the sport in a great light, particularly when it unfolded at one of the most famous venues in all of sports. Thankfully, the Grand Slam Board has come up with two changes to help greatly reduce the chances of such an ugly scenario happening again.
Overall, this would seem to be a great plan, but it is not without its drawbacks. The biggest of those drawbacks is that with the event only being staged over one week at a single venue, it eliminates the advantage and atmosphere of the home ties. Squads will no longer have the advantage of selecting a surface that favors them over their opponents. Furthermore, the rowdy, raucous, and festive home atmosphere, which is so hard to replicate throughout the rest of the season, will likely be missing to some degree in this new format.
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