First and foremost, the NCAA recommendations will damage the integrity of the sport.
Second, play must have the possibility of three sets. Two-time defending Champion Coach Roland Thornqvist said it best: “Let’s make sure we don’t change the sport! Tennis IS the third set.” Four-time defending champion Coach Peter Smith says, “The coaches are working hard to make sure we play 3 full sets…We can’t play a breaker for the 3rd.”
Third, reducing doubles from an 8-game pro set to a 6 game set will reduce its importance. We cannot improve on the ITA’s statement of 8/17/12: “….this will further abbreviate an already shortened format.”
Fourth, reducing the time between the singles and doubles and reducing the changeover time will not significantly decrease the time the entire dual match will take.
Fifth, college tennis requires much travel and the competition is the prize. Pro Jack Sock says it well:
“ (It is) Really unreasonable for players to sit in vans and airports for hours and hours to compete out of state, and then have to forgo warmups, play a quick 6 games to determine dubs pt, and have all that TRAVEL be hinged on a 10 pt match buster for 3rd set of singles....where is the reward in less playing time during actual competition?!”
Finally, these changes will reduce the quality of the play and eliminate college as a preparation for a possible career as a tennis professional for many top level juniors. John Isner, currently ranked 10 in the world, says, "I got where I am because of college tennis. The new proposed rule changes will be detrimental to player development. If it's not broken, don't fix it."
The NCAAs recommendations were made without significant input from college coaches, players, the ITA, USTA, or any other population that has a vested interest in college tennis.
When Jon Wertheim of Sports Illustrated was asked, “Honestly curious to know if you’ve heard from anyone that supports these changes?” His one word response? “Nope.”
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