a success on the track… and an organizational problem
The duel won by Carlos Alcaraz against the Italian Jannik Sinner after a battle that ended at 2:50 a.m. in New York, he was one of the best in US Open history, but at the same time took a well-known problem at Flushing Meadows to extremes, with a match schedule that typically ends in the middle of the night and which conditions the players and the public.
If the spectacle on the court was one of the best in the history of tennis, with two players who represent the present and the future of this sport, In the United States, the question is becoming more and more frequent as to whether the organization of the tournament should review the format of the night program to prevent the last matches from ending at dawn and in a half-empty stadium.
the Russian Daniel Medvedevarrived at Flushing Meadows as world number one, repeatedly acknowledged that “it’s hard to find the rhythm” when you have to face a match after 22 years.
Last Monday, Alcaraz completed their round of 16 against Croatian Marin Cilic around 1:45 a.m. local time. This Wednesday, his duel with Sinner ended at 2:50 a.m., after five hours and fifteen minutes on the track.
The Flushing Meadows night schedule begins at 7:00 p.m. local time and features two games, one for the women’s tour and one for the men’s tour.. As these are best-of-five sets matches in the men’s tournament, matches often last over three hours and routinely end after midnight.
It is a program that seeks to take advantage of prime time television in the United States, starting at 7:00 p.m., but in many cases this type of planning ends up negatively affecting at least one of the two meetings.
This is an issue that directly impacts players.. Note that after the match, tennis players must appear at a press conference, in addition to performing a series of recovery exercises, which requires at least another hour.
But it also impacts the product in general. It is common to see the Arthur Ashe track empty in various areas as midnight approaches, particularly during the week as it was on Wednesday.
So the Alcaraz-Sinner started in a crowded stadium with more than 23,000 fans and he finished at 2:50 with less than half that number.
From the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center, located in Queens, it takes more than 45 minutes to get to Manhattan with public transport and many spectators give up the show so as not to return too late.
While the tournament has set several ratings records on the ‘ESPN’ network, particularly for American Serena Williams’ matches in the first week and in prime time, the fact that other high-level matches end so late is hampering the spread of the product.
This Thursday’s program resumed at 19 localwith the two women’s semi-finals, between the Polish Iga Swiatek and the Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka and between the French Caroline García and the Tunisian Ons Jabeur.
That yes, the men’s semi-finals, played in the best of five sets, They will start at 3 and 7 p.m. local time this Friday (9 and 1 a.m. on the Spanish peninsula).
The finals will be played on Saturday and Sunday from 16 locals (22 in Spain).
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