(AFP) – Rafael Nadal slammed changes being mulled by tennis governing bodies to shorten matches and make them more TV-friendly, saying Sunday that the move goes against the sport’s “values”.
The kind of matches that stay on (in) the memory and on the history of our sport are a little bit long matches and dramatic matches that become emotional.
Women’s tennis boss Steve Simon told AFP last week the WTA was considering introducing super tie-breakers and no-ad scoring for singles matches.
If you want to change the values of the sport, maybe yes.
Tennis has values that we need to follow, in my opinion.
All the sports needs to improve and adapt to the new things. But I am not sure if that’s the way — to make the matches quicker.
You need to put everything together to create a great show, to create a show (so) that the people emotionally feel involved in the match.
But I am just a player.
Source: Agence France-Presse