Former doubles World No. 1 and 22-time Grand Slam champion Pam Shriver recently spoke out against the match scheduling of ATP for the two Tour finals of Halle and Queens coinciding with the timings for the finals of WTA events in Berlin and Birmingham. While both ATP events were of the ATP-500 category, the event in Berlin came in the WTA-500 category whereas the one in Birmingham was a WTA-250 event.
With a lot of promising tennis action planned for Sunday, 19th June, Shriver was one of the many tennis fans disappointed with the scheduling of the matches as all four finals coincided with each other with the two ATP finals finishing in an interval of less than 10 minutes while the WTA Berlin’s final also finished immediately after the conclusion of the ATP events.
Pam Shriver questions ATP on why can’t the timings be pushed
With both Halle and Queen’s Club events being historically important, them coinciding with two WTA finals as well did not go well with Shriver who took to her official Twitter handle to question the organisers and Tours on why can’t timings be adjusted in a manner that maximum coverage of all matches could be possible for the tennis fans.
“@atptour is it good to have two big finals before @Wimbledon played at same time for the fans watching on TV? Not to mention @WTA finals. Can’t we as a sport at least stagger the final’s start times so we can watch more of them?” tweeted Shriver addressing her disappointment with the management.
The ATP has recently come under heavy criticism for poor management which has been a shocker to the fans. While the prize money debate continues to go on for decades now for Tour events, ranking points removal from Wimbledon and the case of Novak Djokovic’s ranking all have led to the tennis body being questioned on multiple occasions for their management and with Shriver giving yet another angle to explore, a lot is on the plate now for Andrea Gaudenzi and his team to look out for.
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