Gilles Simon: Too Many Changes in Tennis Taking Place at the Same Time


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Gilles Simon: Too Many Changes in Tennis Taking Place at the Same Time

French tennis star Gilles Simon says that he does not like the changes in the formats being proposed for tennis and would rather educate the viewers about the sport instead of adapting it to suit the needs of the current generation.

Simon says, "I do not know when and how it happened, but it turns out that tennis has become too long for people. So we change, because it's fashionable, and we're getting shorter and shorter. Soon, we will be asked to play in 40 minutes, like a TV series, on the grounds that young people can no longer stay 3 hours in front of the television.

But the spectator, either you give in to his whim or you educate him. We, it's been a long time we chose to give in to his whim. And it becomes the circus, at all levels. The problem is that there is not a guy who is confident about the future of our sport.

Everyone believes that tennis will sink, so everyone tries new things in their own area. And no one realizes that it is precisely by changing everything, all the time, that it becomes anything. Tennis is a sport that must be part of its long tradition.

Instead, we wanted to make it a marketing product. " Several changes have experimented at different levels including no-ad scoring, shorter version of sets and shot clocks.