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11-Nov-17 Mark Hall 

Roger talks about some possible changes in the future to come.


The Next Gen Finals have introduced a lot of new rules (probably too many) to give some new and fresh ideas about the evolution of the tennis.

Apparently, the representative of all slams are going to meet in London to discuss new rules such as the introduction if the “famous” shot clock, the use of the Hawk-Eye live (i.e. no lines judges), and the reduction of the seeded players from 32 to 16.

Federer’s opinion

Roger is quite happy with the introduction of new rules, and he focused on an “innovation” that could impact big time on the draw: having only 16 seeds instead of 32.

Having only 16 seeds will make the draw much more volatile to have more interesting matches in the first week of a slam. Also, having fewer seeds means that new upcoming players will have more chances to have a longer run in the tournaments. Federer commented

"There’s definitely something intriguing about having 16 seeds. I do see the problem of the 32 seeds, plus you have eight seeds who get byes at Masters 1000.

You have these stairs that can make you feel safe, and I feel like there’s too many to get to the top. It’s hard to drop out, and it’s hard to get into. Having 16 seeds? That might be interesting. The draw could be more volatile, better matches in the first week.

The top guys have made a habit of not cruising but getting through the first week quite comfortably for a long period of time. Playing against the Nos17, 19 or 20 in the world is not something I really want to do, but it is what it is.”

Is 16 seeds the next big change in slams?

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