The recent British Open, which had a marmite format on paper, at least did provide some entertainment in the best-of-five rounds. In my opinion, that was purely down to the random draw. If we'd have had a flat 128 draw, we'd have got top names playing lower ranked players in best of fives, and it could have easily ended as just another divvy short format tournament. I doubt there'd have been as many deciders. I'm not exactly saying this justifies the format. More than the random draw format can make anything watchable? So why not do it with more events?
I know that TV companies don't like them, because they want to guarantee big names, but the ITV4 viewership was good when the British Open was on. So what's stopping it be good if there was a random draw with longer matches? Maybe even make it a couple of weeks long, to fit all 128 players. Rather than have this lean period is snooker that we have now, have a couple of weeks tournament with a random draw, best of 11 all the way through it.
We're told how much variety we have in the season at the moment, but that's just an excuse that's trotted every time we introduce a new short format match tournament. But why not try at least one more tournament like this? The Flat 128 tournaments like the Home Nations are alright, but the endless best of sevens gets tedious. It's often Friday before anything interesting happens. Why not have a tournament that potentially has exciting matches from the start?
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