Cilic unhappy with reduced seedings

Kirti Patil
Friday, 5 January 2018

Pune: The former US Open champion Marin Cilic was clearly unhappy the decision of Grand Slam Board to reduce seedings at the four Slams from 32 to 16.

“That’s not where tennis should go,” said Cilic. “I am a traditional player, I don’t like those changes. I don’t know what it is going to bring to tennis, maybe just for TV, for those first couple of rounds,” Cilic told reporters.

The world No 6 also said that the decision should have been taken after due consultation with the players and not foisted upon them arbitrarily.

Pune: The former US Open champion Marin Cilic was clearly unhappy the decision of Grand Slam Board to reduce seedings at the four Slams from 32 to 16.

“That’s not where tennis should go,” said Cilic. “I am a traditional player, I don’t like those changes. I don’t know what it is going to bring to tennis, maybe just for TV, for those first couple of rounds,” Cilic told reporters.

The world No 6 also said that the decision should have been taken after due consultation with the players and not foisted upon them arbitrarily.

“I think tennis should be turned to the players and discuss with the players what is best to do. Not for me, making those kind of decisions from the blue sky. It can be good sometimes, but most of the times not that good,” he added.

There were 16 seeds at Grand Slams until after Wimbledon in 2001, when the US Open, motivated by demands from television networks, asked for 32 in the hope that stars would still be in contention in the closing rounds.

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