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Roger Federer on Two-year Ranking System:"I can't support it"

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Uploaded on Dec 6, 2011

"I can't support it as President of the Player Council" This is why Roger is the President and why fellow player have voted him for the Stefan Edberg Sportmanship Award again and again - being fair to all players and having all players' interest at heart.

Q. Do you have any thoughts at all on the suggestion made by some people we should go to a two‑year ranking in tennis, like they do in golf, rather than a one‑year period?

ROGER FEDERER: My opinion on the two‑year ranking?

Q. Yes.

ROGER FEDERER: I'm not a big fan of it just because I think it would make things rather boring. But that's my personal opinion. Other than that, as the president of the Player Council, I think it's not a good thing for the lower‑ranked players, to be quite honest. I think it's going to be a struggle for them to make a big breakthrough. It's going to take them multiple breakthroughs. So the dream of having one great tournament, then making a move, in my opinion, is never going to happen.

I like golf, but I couldn't tell you who's in the top 10 of golf right now. I couldn't even mention four players. This is where I think tennis lives from the weekly rankings we have, the changes. You guys love it, I think. You guys like writing stories and the debates about what's going on.

If we have a two‑year ranking, things would be so slow and nothing would really move. I can't support it as a president of the Player Council and I have to look at all the players in the eye.

I know it could be a good thing for me or for Rafa or for other good players because we would stay at the top for a very long time. For us to move down in the rankings would take something extraordinary. But for the lower‑ranked players, I don't think it's a good thing and that's why I can't support it.

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