Consolation doubles… Colonial had none. WTC had two sets and a ten-pointer. Sanchez-Casal has an 8 game pro set – as does next week’s Sterling Oaks CAT II. But what is fair to players who travel here and pay $100 a team to play?
Chuck Kinyon and I played our doubles consol quarter-finals yesterday amidst some controversy. Going out to the court, we agreed with our opponents (John Lundquist and Gary Williamson) to play a match with two sets and deciding ten-pointer … and report the score in the 8-game format.
We ended up getting “behind the 8 ball” and into a bit of a “discussion” with the roving umpire, who saw we were not following the rules. Had we stopped after someone reached 8 games, Chuck and I would have won 8-3 (which is the score we ended up reporting); but we did play the full two sets, which we also won 6-2, 6-4.
Afterwards, we lobbied with Pavel Slozel and TD Rogelio De Haro to allow us to play two-sets for the semis and finals. We argued that it was the end of the day with no matches to follow, they had plenty of open courts, and other matches were still going on. But the best they would say is “maybe” for the finals.
For me, I really dislike “short formats” of any kind. You really don’t have time to “get your teeth into the match” and it is not really enough tennis for the money paid (especially for out of towners playing doubles only).
What is the solution? The roving umpire said to get a tournament to change BEFORE it starts or to not sign up if you don’t like the format. (I know of at least two doubles teams that did NOT play Colonial doubles because there was no consolation round).
Next week’s CAT II is scheduled to be the same 8-game consolation. Can tournaments change? If I remember correctly, when Sterling Oaks was impacted by rain-outs a couple of years back, they changed DURING the tournament to an 8-game format (I think in the main draw).
For this one, I am playing both singles and doubles (with Chuck); and have a first match on SUNDAY vs. George Mathison from Alabama. Any scouting information would be much appreciated.
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