Here comes a new idea from a tournament player on how to provide more guaranteed matches and do away with the usually under-participated consolation round…
The Round Robin Format
The ITF frequently uses a round robin format in its tournaments; so here is his concept…
- Use a round robin format to replace the early rounds of a tournament and have the winners of each group feed into the next round.
- The groups would have no more than four or less than three players/teams, and then winners of each group, depending on draw size, move to the next round. For example, with 16 draw, there are four groups of four and winners move to semi’s. In a 64 draw, winners move to round of 16.
- There would still be the same seeding process, with the seeds spread out across the groups.
- This concept could be used in both singles and doubles
- With fewer than 16, the number of groups or players in each could be smaller; but each player would be guaranteed to have at least two or three matches.
- Second chance possibility. Where there are odd number of groups, the player with the best record of the non-winners would move to the bye spot thus giving him another chance to win in the main draw. Example, draw of 9 would have three groups of 3. Then in addition to the three winners, a fourth player with best record (tiebreaker- percentage of games one) moves on
- And there would be NO consolation bracket; but additional rounds won in the round robin would have higher value than any consolation wins.
- There could still be a modified consolation to give players who played in groups of three a chance to have three matches. However, this would only be for players who had won at least one match. Example, draw of 10 with two groups of three and one of four. After the fourth player with the best record is moved into the bye spot, then the remaining players who have won a match would go into a consolation (maybe call it a “back draw playoff”). This gives the player who lost to seed and won his other match a chance to keep playing. This back draw playoff would be much smaller and easier to run than normal consolation for the tournament director.
I think this is a great idea and worth trying. The consolation round is always a crap shoot as to who will sign up and actually show up. And for tournament directors, it should make life a lot easier.
What do you think?? If you like the concept, please add a quick “Comment” and just say that – so tournament directors can get an idea of its possible acceptance.
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