How do we feel about the fact a hell of a lot of matches have been shortened this year. The PTCs are obviously good for the players, and bring in more match practice for them. Gold star. So we can't really complain that they are best of sevens, as they weren't there last year. Same with the tournament in Germany, there are a lot of short matches there, but there was nothing there before.
But we also had the World Open with best of five matches, all the way though, apart from the best of nine final. I personally wasn't a fan, and thought it had got really stale before the end. Now the early rounds of the Welsh Open have been shortened. Is this a necessary shortening, do we think, due to a belief that the Welsh Open needed tinkering with? Or, does Hearn belive 'shorter matches are better'? Also we had Steve Davis and John Parrott discuss shortening The Worlds. Nothing concrete, obviously. So it may be analysists just filling in time between matches and nothing more.
My real question is, what is people's take on this? Are we worrying too much too soon that all matches will be shortened? Or do we think Hearn has an attitude 'shorter matches are fun'. Are we going to see more of this in the future? This isn't a complaint against Hearn, as I said before. He has done some good for the game. But, I just wondered on what people's take was.
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