Is it better to have tournaments schedule singles in the morning and doubles in the afternoon… or just the opposite? One tournament player suggests a change might be welcome.
Hello George, a recent The Mid Atlantic tournament showed 65 doubles at 11:00am and singles at 2:00; I’ve never seen that before.
Playing doubles first has several benefits:
- The singles players do not have to worry about being unfair to their doubles partners if the singles becomes a war of attrition.
- If a singles player is injured, three people are not left onsite twiddling their thumbs.
- The withdrawal can be communicated and new schedule known with less inconvenience.
Have not thought this out – these are just my first thoughts. By the way, college dual matches start with doubles
Not only do I think that it is a good idea to play doubles in the morning; but I think the popular use of the Ten-Point Match Tiebreaker in lieu of a third set should be used in SINGLES more than in doubles.
Granted conditioning is a factor in tournament play; but let’s not push it beyond the reasonable… is it smart for a 65 or 70+ year old player to push themselves to play a three-hour singles match in the Florida heat? I think not.
Your thoughts on both??
PS On Naples City Tournament… STILL are waiting for the lower bracket to play their match!!
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