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Shorten the Night Session at the U.S. Open

Posted on: August 31, 2008 9:35 pm

The U.S. Open night session traditionally starts at 7 pm in New York with a woman's match, which is followed by a best-of-five-set men's match. To be short: this has to change.

First option would be to shorten the so-called night session to one man's match, starting at 8 pm. It's good for tennis, good for the audience who has more time to get to Flushing and good for TV.

Some people may argue that eliminating the woman's match from the program is not a good idea.

Then, second option: start the evening with the man's match and close it with the woman's match.

The way it is now makes me feel like the woman's match is an opening act that no one really cares about and that lasts too long. And don't tell me that the second match would be played in front of an empty stadium. Equal prize money tells me that women's tennis is at least as popular as men's tennis.


Category: Tennis

Since: Sep 7, 2008
Posted on: September 7, 2008 11:20 pm

Shorten the Night Session at the U.S. Open

One partial solution would be to actually have the players take the court at 7 pm instead of 7:29 pm. Of course, with USA network constantly jumping away from the women's match to show supposedly compelling finishes to men's matches on other courts, doesn't help with the impression that the women's match is an opening act. Certainly, on the Labor Day weekend when CBS puts the marquee matches on during their day coverage, it might make sense to put a mixed doubles or true appetizer match before the men's singles.

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