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Why isn't there a World Tennis Title?

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  1. EGarrett Silver Belt

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    I figured out why I don't watch tennis.

    Tyson vs. Holyfield. Ken vs. Tito. Hulk Hogan vs. the Ultimate Warrior. Fischer vs. Spassky.

    All of these memories have something in common...the World Title. They're the "climax" of the sport. They let you know who the best is...which gives you an entree to following the rest of it.

    Tennis doesn't have it. There's a World Tennis Championship Tournament, but there's no belt (or trophy, wreath whatever)...a single person who holds the title and defends. FIDE (who organizes world professional chess) has tried to do away with the singular World Chess Champion concept several times, and everyone backlashes so much that they've given up on removing it. It's clearly a good thing for marketing a sport.

    I wonder why they don't do it in tennis.
     
  2. Renegadewonder1 Purple Belt

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    I don't like your idea at all Egarrett. I like tennis the way it is now with the 4 majors Wimbledon, French Open, US Open, and Australian Open, and tennis is an Olympic Sport as well.
     
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    Someone was listening to Mike and Mike this morning...
     
  4. Tearjerker Orange Belt

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    Because they already have 4 of them, they call them majors or grand slams. Golf is the same way.
     
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    They literally play 100s if not 1000s of matches over a career.

    There's be about 30 title changes a year. Not comparable at all to combat sports.
     
  6. Renegadewonder1 Purple Belt

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    And now Golf will be a sport at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. What a fucking joke!
     
  7. Breakitdown RINGS Platinum Member

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    Probably because Tennis is a waste of time and an abject failure of a "sport".
     
  8. armbarforhire Brown Belt

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    This.

    Also there are different type of courts and usually players suck at one of them (clay, grass, hard).
     
  9. EGarrett Silver Belt

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    I didn't ask if you liked tennis.
     
  10. EGarrett Silver Belt

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    Chess has major tournaments each year, and chess players play 100's of games. They still have a world championship contested in matches consisting of multiple games between the same players over a certain time period. As I said, FIDE, who organizes this, has tried to phase it out and do away with it repeatedly, since the World Champion holds leverage over them...and the fans, media, and players all say no. The drama and lineage of it add too much to the game.

    The issue of clay vs grass vs hard court is interesting, but I don't think it really would be an obstacle, especially if playing more than one match.
     
  11. HeavyHands20 Blue Belt

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    What do you consider the World Title in boxing?

    WBA? WBO? WBC? IBF? The Ring?

    Talk about confusing
     
  12. HeavyHands20 Blue Belt

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    Who is the current World Title holder in boxings Cruiserweight Divison? Or Junior Heavyweight?
     
  13. EGarrett Silver Belt

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    Boxing has had its greatest successes when the titles become unified, which demonstrates the principle.
     
  14. Tearjerker Orange Belt

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    Also the big problem with Tennis and Golf trying to add a world championship is it would never have the history or prestige of any of the 4 majors. You already see that with Tennis in the Olympics, pretty much all Tennis fans consider an Olympic gold to be a tier below all 4 of the majors. Golf kind of tried to make a season championship with the Fed Ex Cup and it's failed miserably, no golf fans even see it as remotely close to the prestige of a major, it's pretty much just a big pay day for the winner.
     

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