Published at Sunday, April 08th, 2018 - 10:45:55 AM. Tennis. By Juliya Tatyana.
Arguably the biggest and most exciting change to the sport will not actually take place for another season but it will likely be well worth the wait. The majors have been seeding thirty-two players since 2001 but they will be reverting back to seeding just sixteen come 2019. One of the biggest complaints about the slams is that in most cases the top players predominantly waltz through the opening rounds. Often it feels like the majors do not really get going until the middle weekend as that is when the better matches start to take shape. While seeding only sixteen means that the seeds will collide even later it also increases the odds of more intriguing matches and upsets occurring throughout the whole event rather than primarily the back half of it. Often the proverbial cream will still rise to the top but it should be more entertaining watching it all unfold.
Do sponsors support their charge’s behaving in such a manner? Do they appreciate having their products smashed just to advertise (and how is it more of an advert anyway?)? Do they condone such an example to the rest of the world that could potentially get further into the sport and what of the tennis federations and associations that could stamp this behavior out and do very little? Of course it’s necessary to express oneself in the simmering experience of top-level tennis but violent conduct needs to be curtailed before it gets out of hand. Tennis is evolving rule changes are being brought in the subject of equal pay has been addressed and there is a fierce new generation of talent. But now is the time to make sure tennis doesn’t become just another modern spectacle that surrenders its very essence in order to entertain. It can and always has entertained but it doesn’t need to dumb down or reduce what makes it so unique what makes it such a fascinating and compelling sport both from a mental and physical viewpoint.
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