Novak Djoković has a lot of ideas lately on how to modify the world tennis. The leader of the ranking began with the founding of the PTPA tennis players association, independent of ATP. He wants the players to have more influence in this way, e.g. on finances in tennis.
In turn, during the ongoing Champions Tournament in London, Djoković called for further radical measures. This includes the abandonment of playing five sets in Grand Slam tournaments and the replacement of line judges with technology.
Djoković wants changes
“I saw a very shocking statistic that the average age of a tennis fan worldwide is 61, so I think we need to change something,” said Djokovic after winning against Diego Schwartzman in the ATP finals in London. – I’m a supporter games to two, not three sets won. The Grand Slams have always been up to three, so I don’t know if there’s a chance for a change, but I just feel we’ve got enough tournaments and matches each year.
The fact is that the tennis calendar is very tight. They play almost all year: from early January to late November. – I don’t see any reason to keep playing until three sets won, even if it has a historical explanation. I feel that the attention of fans, especially the younger generation, is weaker today. In order to improve tennis as a product commercially and commercially, we need to adapt to the younger generation. We are one of the sports that stuck to tradition and I respect that, but at the same time we didn’t try to change. Sets, a different calendar, a different point system – every time we mention it, I don’t feel like there is a desire to do it, says Djoković.
Still does not agree with Djokovic
Rafael Nadal is against the solutions proposed by the Serb. – I am totally opposed to the Grand Slam games played up to two sets won. This is part of the history of tennis, said the Spaniard. – If that was changed in the Masters 1000 finals, it was because you couldn’t play the next tournament by playing in the final of five sets. I used to have that in Rome, competing with Roger Federer, and then I couldn’t perform in Hamburg, he added.
The Spanish tennis player is also in favor of leaving the line judges. – I’d rather have line judges than technology. We are a sport with room for improvement, but not that way.
Nadal and Djoković trained together at the O2 Arena in London but didn’t talk about changes. Earlier, the Spaniard and Swiss Roger Federer had publicly opposed the creation of a new tennis association headed by the leader of the ranking. – In the times of the coronavirus, it is an attempt to divide the environment even further. Let’s not make one more that we don’t need now – commented on this initiative by Djokovic Martin Navratilova.