Thursday, March 22, 2007

ATP kills the Round Robin format

The ATP decided to kill the round robin format

LOL at ATP CEO and douche-bag Etienne de Villiers calling "round robin an experiment".

No, Douche de Villiers (DDV), you changed the rules, it was a fiasco, and then you "back-pedalled" or "flip-flopped" to the original knockout format once many players & the media all complained round robin was a cluster-fock.

The ATP was using a 3-man, 2-match round robin format in the 1st round of some minor tournament this year.

There was the fiasco in the Las Vegas tourney in the group of Blake (photo), del Potro, & Korolev. From SteveG
Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) d. Evgueni Korolev (RUS) 6-3 6-2
Evgueni Korolev (RUS) d. James Blake (USA) 6-2 6-4
(1)James Blake (USA) d. Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) 6-1 3-1 ret.

del Potro was hurt in his match and had to quit ("retire" from the match). However Blake was Schiavoing del Potro 61 31 and would have won in 10 more minutes 61. Any way all 3 players would have been tied with 1 win & 1 loss in the group. Only 1 player gets to advance to the quarterfinal round. The tiebreaking rules were such that by del Potro retiring, Korolev advances, but if del Potro could've tanked 3 more games over 10 minutes & completed the match, Blake would have advanced.

This system was too awkward to last.

I just hope if DDV insists on further "experiments", he has the sense to "pilot" them on the Challenger circuit, which is the top "minor leagues" of the ATP tour, analogous to AAA baseball or Division 2 futbol. By doing this, the risk is minimized. I thought all corporate CEOs know about "piloting new business processes" initially on a small scale. Ever hear of "walk before you run"? I know, too much to expect from an arrogant incompetent like DDV.

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