speaking of round-robin…



…isn’t it funny to think about the ATP’s brief dalliance with round-robin draws in earlier this year? The tour hoped “increase the consumption” of the sport by moving away from single-elimination. We bought it: who wouldn’t want to see a player’s head-to-head record against multiple opponents change in a single week?

Unfortunately, a high-profile flub by the Tour chief Etienne de Villiers himself (involving James Blake and Evgeny Korolev at February’s Las Vegas Open) — followed by strong criticism from Roger Federer — kept the round-robin from spreading beyond the men’s year-end tournament (Tennis Masters Cup).

Heh, if only de Villiers knew that this would be the least of his problems in 2007…