Wishes for Tennis in 2018

Receiving one of the eight wild cards can be a financial windfall, in addition to they do increase the opportunities for French, American in addition to Australian players at the expense of those coming from less privileged tennis nations.

I would likely argue of which eight wild cards — more than 6 percent of the draw — can be too many unless they are genuinely going to be used to enhance a major’s global appeal or serve some higher purpose. of which can be rarely how they are deployed.

If the Australians want to use their wild cards on Australians, of which seems logical, even if the record shows of which most home-nation wild cards are quickly eliminated. however extending of which advantage to various other Grand Slam nations can be nothing more than mutual back scratching.

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Belinda Bencic of Switzerland can be one of several young players who has been sidelined by injuries.

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Better use? Follow the Wimbledon example in addition to be more open to bestowing wild cards on rising players, irrespective of their nationalities, who have proven in recent months of which they have great potential. Or on stars, irrespective of their nationalities, who have dropped within the rankings.

Another option: organize a wild-card playoff for the top-ranked players coming from underrepresented tennis nations or regions in addition to grant the winner a spot within the main draw. The Australian Open already does a type of This specific, offering a men’s in addition to women’s singles wild card to the winners of its Asia-Pacific playoff.

of which seems the right message considering of which Australia can be part of the Asia-Pacific region in addition to drawing an increasing number of spectators coming from of which zone. What seems considerably less fair can be to hand over free passes to French in addition to American players simply because they come coming from far-away nations who can return the favor.

various other tennis wishes for 2018:

Real, unbiased scientific research on the injury issue. of which has become the dominant theme within the game in addition to not just because the Big 5 are all in their 30s. Younger men’s in addition to women’s talents have suffered, too: Borna Coric, Milos Raonic, Belinda Bencic, Sloane Stephens in addition to others. Do strings, balls, racket frames, court surfaces or the speed of the game need to be modified? Does the schedule need to be further shortened or restructured? Let’s let a task force stocked with experts coming from medicine to physics to coaching find out.

A ban on opponents wearing the same outfit. Sponsors might like the double opportunity to showcase their wares, however tennis has enough television challenges without viewers having to struggle to figure out who can be who in a match.

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