Tennis  > General Tennis  > Tennis badly needs an off-season
October 13, 2009, 12:10 PM
Pro tennis is in desperate need of a restructuring that revises philosophy and procedure. The players, as in any sport, need time off to recharge, reassess and repair pysche, body, strategy, training etc. As many are now rightly pointing out, the system is in chaos and is directly threatening the well-being of the sport.

I recommend the following tourneys for ranking: The four majors, post-Australian, a couple of clay court, pre-US Open ...... about 14 maximum. Play the Masters in December but make it a "Super Bowl of Tennis" in an outdoor venue with well-rested players, not like it is today in dark arenas, fare for ESPN at 4 A.M.

Other tourneys should offer good prize money for those of lesser rank needing a few bucks and more exposure. Local fans would be delighted to have these tourneys in their communities.

Assessing the current scene, i believe burnout is one of the answers to my Sept 29 thread.
August 1, 2010  01:10 PM ET

Another year and another "season" from the tone-deaf ATP which ranks right up there with FIFA and NCAAF (#1, division 1A). Roddick complained last year, Querrey this year, and we are fortunate to still have an active Nadal who is doing a balancing act.

Maybe this is the reasonable explanation why the USA is looking desperately for players in spite of having the richest tennis playing seeding ground in the world - our universities. What sensible young adult wants to commit his years to a "grind" that might end up paying very little for the sacrifice? Remember, they are not under contract to anyone other than sporting goods companies, as long as they win with frequency. This is not the NFL, NBA, MLB - it's the ATP!!!

As I posted during Roddick's flurry, tennis needs a Roger Goodell.

 
August 3, 2010  11:35 AM ET

22 tournaments? my goodness that's a lot, I always thought there were 8 to 12. maybe the top players should be excempt from the less important tournaments to give them a break!

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