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Re: General Tennis Discussions

Postby S_K_S » Thu Mar 30, 2017 10:22 pm

What's changing at the ITF? Heard the commentators in Miami say that there will be very few futures going forward because of ITF changes.

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Postby Varma » Thu Mar 30, 2017 11:03 pm

Looks like there are big changes planned starting from 2018 and beyond. I have read articles which quoted Federer mentioning of something on similar grounds.

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Re: General Tennis Discussions

Postby gbelday » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:19 am

"The ITF is recommending that there is a professional player pool "of no more than 750 men and 750 women."

http://www.tennis.com/pro-game/2017/03/ ... ew/65102/#

Pretty drastic I would say!

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Re: General Tennis Discussions

Postby suresh » Fri Mar 31, 2017 2:53 am

If the idea is that 750 men/women should be able to make a living playing tennis, then it might be a good thing. However, there is a danger that it might kill the sport if the gradient for entry gets too steep.

Edit: More details available one the ITF website:

Looks like they will jettison the lowest level i.e., $15K tournaments and the main tour will consist of the challenger and ATP events (for men) and a similar structure for women. The $15K tournaments will be replaced by a "Transition Tour."
Transition Tour tournaments will offer ITF Entry Points instead of ATP/WTA ranking points, with the two systems linked to ensure that the more successful players are able to use their ITF Entry Points to gain acceptance into ITF Pro Circuit tournaments.
Read more at http://www.itftennis.com/news/256730.as ... MXSysYV.99

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Re: General Tennis Discussions

Postby sameerph » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:09 am

This is a truly drastic step by ITF. Not sure if this will work. I suspect it will create more regional imbalance with players from India and Asia finding it difficult to move up to higher level which they were doing user weaker futures circuit at home. This in turn may preclude attracting youngsters to chose tennis as a sport.

That is just my feeling based on initial reading. I may be wrong in that assessment.

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New ITF Tournament Restructuring 2017

Postby hate.age.fraud » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:18 am

ITF is restructuring its tournaments after a deep analysis of 13 years of data: http://www.itftennis.com/news/256730.aspx

Interesting insights about the Pro Circuit: http://www.itftennis.com/procircuit/about-pro-circuit/player-pathway.aspx
...and the Junior Circuit: http://www.itftennis.com/juniors/organisation/player-pathway.aspx

Lots of data in the links at the bottom of the above pages.

They want FEWER professional players! They are introducing a tournament category between Juniors and Futures. Sigh. Wonder what all this will mean to us.

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Re: New ITF Tournament Restructuring 2017

Postby hate.age.fraud » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:20 am

Sorry, I just saw this was posted earlier by someone in another thread. Moderator, you can delete this thread. Thank you!

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Re: New ITF Tournament Restructuring 2017

Postby rajitghosh » Fri Mar 31, 2017 9:24 am

Old wine in new bottle.

If the transition tour still has prize money and players can use those points to get into higher level tournaments, why distinguish them?

On a lighter note, the Asian Tennis Tour started by some of our officials is similar to what is being proposed here. Looks like they were ahead of their time. :p

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Re: General Tennis Discussions

Postby Prashant » Fri Mar 31, 2017 1:22 pm

I think this is a case of the heart being in the right place, but the wrong conclusion. It is true that it extremely hard for most of the tennis pros to make ends meet. But to have a two tier system as a solution just creates other problems. As Sameer points out, there will almost certainly be regional discrepancies in how promotion can happen.

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Re: New ITF Tournament Restructuring 2017

Postby sameerph » Fri Mar 31, 2017 5:41 pm

I was about to say the same thing. They are taking of transition tour as a local one. So, Asian tour will become much more relevant if it works out that way. If the winners at Asian events are given same points as those in Europe some of the regional balance which I talked about earlier will get corrected. Lot of question marks though. Let us see how this pans out.

P<s I will merge post in this thread with the posts in other thread.

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Re: New ITF Tournament Restructuring 2017

Postby Omkara » Sat Apr 01, 2017 8:48 am

One more post won't make a difference.

There was a time I used to go through all futures tournaments in a week to figure where our players are playing. Often you would come across tournaments with players only of host country. Same happened in India too. I once opened a thread for three women's back to back futures with no foreign participation. I posted each a every result for three weeks. None of the forum members even bothered to post in that thread.

These tournaments can easily be replaced by regional tournaments. From where the best can move to the next level.

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