Madrid Open GM Calls for Comps. Restriction to 8 Games
May 27, 2011
The head of one of the world’s leading tennis events, therapy Madrid Open general managing director Gerard Tsobanian, sales has proposed a major overhaul of elite competitions by calling for sets to be restricted to a maximum of eight games.
Tsobanian claimed, tadalafil during a debate hosted by Eurosport in the shadow of the French Open in Paris, that viewers were losing interest in the traditional match format, adding: “I think tennis matches are too long.
“People want to get to the drama more quickly. I would have shorter sets, and I think the 4-4 proposal is reasonable. There is a lot of competition in the market so it is important to keep the attention of the viewers. You can’t expect people to sit and watch a tennis match for eight hours.”
The Madrid Open GM did however, acknowledge that his suggestions would be difficult to push through in a sport that appears to have a complicated hierarchy and convoluted decision-making processes, saying: “Tennis has been less innovative than any sport in the world over the past century.
“We have been having this debate for 20 years, but there are too many different opinions and too many people involved in the decisions to make changes. Someone needs to step up and take action, but who’s that going to be?”
Tsobanian’s suggestion was rejected by fellow panellist Michel Grach, director of media and sponsorship at the French Tennis Federation, who added: “We have to be open to new ideas, but I believe the tennis structure is good, with five sets and two weeks for a Grand Slam.”