This (June 06, 2012) might be the first time I sounded the alarms. While everyone else was screaming EPIC! at the top of their lungs, I was saying this:
It's worth noting that logistical problems are to some extent a function of the powers that be wanting to give tennis fandom "what they want:" long rallies (right?!). I think they ought to be careful, because I think there are diminishing returns to this philosophy. IMO the 6 hours it took Nole to beat Rafa in Melbourne was ridiculous. These guys have proven to be indefatigable. I can't see this being a good thing in the long run.http://www.tennis4you.com/forum/index.php?topic=16723.msg506382;topicseen#msg506382
Then I found this ( January 27, 2013)
People are getting turned off by +5 hour matches courtesy Nole, Rafa, and Murray. The AO is fed up with it, too. They sped up the courts.
So now we have 2 examples of the powers that be identifying the length of the men's matches as being problematic.http://www.tennis4you.com/forum/index.php?topic=17310.msg537906#msg537906
1. The AO quickened the speed of the surface
2. The ATP is enforcing the 25-second rule - if it weren't for Nole and Rafa, no one would care about the damn thing, as it's gotten no attention for years.
Tennis is a lower teir sport in the States and one of the few untimed sports in our sport culture. If these guys can't get the job done in a reasonable amount of time, the networks -- who've never choosen to cover men's matches in their entirety unless there are no other options (because they're too long for network TV) -- are going to move the end of their matches to one of their cable outlets (smaller audience) so that they can get to their regularly scheduled programming.