‘Absolutely no way!’ – Australian legend criticises Novak Djokovic over Grand Slam suggestion

Todd Woodbridge says he would ‘hate’ to see tennis follow a suggestion by Novak Djokovic and make Grand Slams best-of-three events.

Djokovic made the suggestion after his ATP Finals win over Diego Schwartzman, saying he was a ‘proponent of two-out-of-three everywhere.’

His argument was that tennis needs to modernise to attract a younger audience, and making the sport more accessible by shortening the matches was one possible way to go about it.

However, 22-time Grand Slam doubles winner Woodbridge has strongly come out in opposition to Djokovic’s suggestion.

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

“To become a major champion you need varying qualities, you need the skills, you need to be tactically astute, and the physical ability. All of those abilities bring the champion to the fore.

“If we were to make Grand Slams best-of-three, you’re making it groundhog day. Every tournament would look the same, and we shouldn’t have that,” he explained.

“We need the majors to stand out, and best-of-five gives that point of difference.”

Woodbridge also expressed shock that Djokovic was the player making the suggestion given his own quality over the longer format, although the Serbian was talking about what he believes to be tennis’ best interests, not his own.

“I’m a little surprised by Novak’s comments,” he added. “He is one of those players that utilises the best-of-five format as well as anyone.

“He has great fitness, he bounces back well from tough matches, and it’s allowed him to win matches he would perhaps not have won if they were shorter.”

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