Net Posts Preview: Elena and the No. 1 Ranking, Tennis Australia’s Woes, Should Doubles be Required?
Do you think it’s possible for Elena Dementieva to get back to the top 3? She has not been doing as well in this year’s tournaments and her ranking has been slipping. Could she ever contend for the number 1 spot now that Henin, Clijsters and Williams are all craving it?
I don’t think the clock has struck midnight on Dementieva’s career or even her chances of winning a major title. Granted, it gets harder by the year, but when Elena’s playing her best tennis, she can beat anyone. Top 3 is certainly still feasible, but with Clijsters and Henin back and gunning for the top spot, the No. 1 ranking will be almost impossible . . . unless Elena wins a major. (Aaress Lawless)
I can’t believe what is going on in Australian Tennis, it has been spoken about for years and will continue, until we remove half of the board and have a complete change of management. Do we promote well enough? Are they not thinking of the future players etc? Where are our juniors going?
No question about it—the Australian tennis program is hurting. The infighting that is going on at Tennis Australia isn’t helping matters either. Australia has a rich tennis history and it is a shame that all the focus and attention is being placed on rival leadership factions and not the juniors coming up through the ranks. (AL)
To follow up on the Q&A regarding misuse of Hawk-Eye challenges on hard court. That’s what the umpire is for, and you can see that on clay sometimes the umpire gets down, and sometimes not. However, a BETTER system should be developed – similar to the automatic LET indication – that simply BEEPS if a ball is out.
Great suggestion. It would be nice to see that implemented in the future. (AL)
As the majority of tennis players play doubles, should we not be entitled to seeing the best players also playing doubles, like in Macs time? The ATP perhaps could have a ruling for all the best players to also compulsorily play doubles, or a real incentive for them to do so.
We normally don’t address ATP feedback at On the Baseline, but this is also very applicable to the WTA Tour. While I will stop short of suggesting required doubles play for top players, especially at the Grand Slams, it would be nice to see more players regularly competing in both draws.
Doubles is a win-win for both players and fans. The players get more prize money and can perfect extra skills that will only help their singles games. Plus in the event of early round upsets, fans can often still see the biggest stars in the tournament for another couple of rounds of play.(AL)
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