‘No way’ Djokovic proposal should go ahead, according to Todd Woodbridge


Australian tennis legend Todd Woodbridge has strongly refuted suggestions from world No.1 Novak Djokovic that grand slam tournaments should be played over best-of-three sets.

Djokovic and Rafael Nadal are on opposite sides of the fence in the long running debate, with the 13-time French Open champion a strong supporter of retaining the best-of-five format.

But Djokovic says he doesn’t see a reason to retain the traditional configuration.

“I just feel like the attention span as well of the fans, especially the younger generation, is shorter,” he said.

“So, in order for us to really improve the product, so to say, of tennis I think commercially and marketing-wise I feel like we have to adapt to that younger generation.

“I am more a proponent of two-out-of-three everywhere, even though of course Slams have always been best-of-five.”

Woodbridge, who won 22 grand slam doubles titles, was swift in condemning such a change.

“Absolutely no way. I would hate to see tennis go that way. The best part of tennis is the uniqueness of the major tournaments,” he told Wide World of Sports.