Put An End To Round-Robin sign now

Dear Mr. Etienne de Villiers,

We are a rare breed. We love tennis the way it once was. You win, you advance. You lose, you go home. We understand that the ATP undertook extensive research to discover that the "fans" would be happy with the introduction of Round-Robin events. It's funny because despite being in contact through the internet with a large cross section of tennis fans, I've never come across anyone who took part in said research and agreed that it would be a step forward.

We understand that you are the man who was "charged with shaping the future of men's tennis", we wonder if you envisaged in that future that you would alienate a large group of already dedicated tennis fans who appreciate the sport isn't just about the "top" names.

Many of us were opposed to RR from the get go, you can read why on pretty much any tennis message board you wish to visit, where real fans voice their real opinions from all parts of the globe. Tennis is an international sport, not just a "big market" one. Not that we expect you to care.

We have had enough, RR is a disaster and you know it. The situation in Las Vegas is shameful to tennis. Not only did you introduce a pathetic format such as RR that causes confusion even amongst the players, nevermind the "casual" fan that you are so willing to please, but now you will even disregard YOUR OWN RULES so that a young up and coming talent like Evgeny Korolev can be screwed over in favour of the defending champion, James Blake.

We wonder if the situation were reversed whether you would have afforded Korolev the same "pass" you have given to Blake? Korolev is not currently in the top 10 (although one day soon he may very well be, you will care about him then, won't you?), and he isn't American (where the Las Vegas tournament happens to be) so we somehow doubt whether Korolev would have benefited by the intervention of yourself/ATP if such a situation were to have arisen.

You've had your fun. Now enough is enough. Get rid of RR, and get rid of it ASAP. Please. For those of us who love the game and who will be watching it long after you have finished screwing around with it.

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  • 05 January 2016949. Pat Dillon
    It isn't fair to the players .....
  • 26 December 2015948. David Hensley
    Get this rubbish out of our sport immediatly. Please go and ruin other sports Mr De Villiers.
  • 23 December 2015947. Madeline C
    Mr De Villiers should be fined for bringing the game into disrepute for this shocking debacle. Get rid of RR - it was doomed to suffer problems from the start.
  • 17 December 2015946. Diana S
  • 15 December 2015945. Campano C
    I support this petition
  • 12 December 2015944. Ekaterina S
    Sport has become to much of a business. Please don't let it be the world that only money and power, but not personal abilities, make go round
  • 11 December 2015943. Ana Murphy
    I support this petition
  • 10 December 2015942. Diego C
    I hope this help
  • 07 December 2015941. Karina Sweeney
    I really don't like the Round Robin format. In my opinion as purely a fan of tennis it is much more exciting to see whether someone can win or not. If they do good for them. If not, too bad. Counting groups and sets and games is too complicated and defini
  • 04 December 2015940. Linda T
    I support this petition
  • 04 December 2015939. Hoi Chingl
    As One Of The tennis fans, I hope I will never see ATP using the Round-Robin System again.
  • 30 November 2015938. Jos Stafford
    Rond Robin SUCKS
  • 25 November 2015937. James H
    Round Robin is pointless and unreliable in the world of tennis! And so say all of us!
  • 21 November 2015936. Daniela Austin
    I support this petition
  • 20 November 2015935. Tanya S
    I support this petition
  • 14 November 2015934. Sam W
    Remove the RR format AND the "made-for-television" spectacle of on-court coaching...keep tennis pure!
  • 14 November 2015933. Davy Garrett
    stop RR
  • 14 November 2015932. Andrew E
    RR a disgrace to a fantastic sport
  • 12 November 2015931. Hadrian Jw
    Dead matches with unclear consequences are bad news
  • 06 November 2015930. Katya Huang
    I support this petition
  • 31 October 2015929. Pat D
    Terrible idea, maybe this latest flap over Blake will end the stupidity now. Who says the fans like this? This is one fan who had one big headache trying to figure out the draw in Vegas this week. It's going to be a big problem once we start Fantasy Tenni
  • 20 October 2015928. Rob M
    Round Robin is not suitable for regular ATP tournaments. It goes against the competitive nature that makes tennis so compelling. It works well for the end of year Masters Cup, but the knock-out competitive nature of tennis needs to be kept to make tennis
  • 17 October 2015927. Radostina G
    I support this petition
  • 16 October 2015926. Anu G
    Leave tennis the way it is ... Roger Federer is doing everything to promote it well
  • 08 October 2015925. Alan Dm
    The round robin format is a cynical ploy to generate more revenue from sponsors by guaranteeing that seeds play at least two matches per tournament. Please stop this unpopular farce now.
  • 07 October 2015924. Francis G
    I support this petition
  • 04 October 2015923. James H
    I support this petition

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