From the beginning, I have been opposed to the Tournament of Champions that will be played starting next year in Bali. The Tournament of Champions will be an end-of-year round robin event featuring the top twelve players who have won at least one international event in singles but who have not qualified for the Sony Ericsson Championships.
This event, promoted as a stage for "next generation champions," is an idea I wish had stayed on paper. It cheapens the Sony Ericsson Championships by creating a grand stage for players who are not yet good enough to be in the final eight. I support these players--some of them I enjoy very much, and I follow their careers--but they are not yet major champions, and there should be only so much hoop-la to go around.
Doubles with no ad point and no third set. Microphones on coaches. A tournament for someday champions. What next?