For the 2009 season, the ATP implemented several important changes in men's tennis, introducing a new ranking points system and major changes to the calendar. I liked the new points system, but being a tennis traditionalist, I was disappointed to see the clay court tournament in Hamburg (one of the oldest tournaments in the sport, played since 1892) downgraded from a Masters to an ATP 500 event. So here, I present you with a fictionalized 2009 calendar how I would have liked it, an alternate history scenario. Hamburg remains a Masters tournament, the rest of the calendar changes accordingly, and there are other changes as well:
- Hamburg remains the third clay court Masters tournament in the spring after Monte Carlo and Rome
- To make room for the new Masters tournament in Shanghai (played for the first time in 2009), Madrid is downgraded to an ATP 500 event played on indoor hard courts in the fall
- Stuttgart (not Hamburg) is an ATP 500 clay court tournament held in the summer
- There is no ATP 500 tournament in Valencia (it is replaced by the downgraded Madrid)
- To add more variety of surfaces, Beijing and the Shanghai Masters are played on classic synthetic
- To add more variety of surfaces, Stockholm, Vienna, Basel and the Paris Masters are played on indoor carpet
- Harking back to the 1980s, the World Tour Finals are played in New York (Madison Square Garden!) on indoor hard courts
- I was tired of seeing top players play an unrealistic amount of ATP 250 tournaments, so the top four ranked players will now only play the important ATP 250 tournaments in Doha, Queen's Club and Halle, and skip the others
- Matches at the US Open have a 5th set tie break, an improvement over the "vanilla" game
- I have completely reworked the Futures and Challenger tours compared to the "vanilla" game, to a calendar which I like and which is also realistic in terms of the timing and distribution of tournaments across the globe
Unpack the zipped files to the game's /data folder, and have fun!
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