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Monday, 26 June, 2000, 13:21 GMT 14:21 UK
'Voice of tennis' calls for new approach
Wimbledon TV commentator John Barrett has called for a new seeding system to be adopted for the game's major tournaments.
BBC television's Barrett, a member of the seedings committee at SW19, confessed the row over the championships' rankings was not unexpected and admitted a more objective system should be implemented.
Spanish duo Alex Corretja and Albert Costa both withdrew from the tournament on Sunday, after complaining that grasscourt players had been given preferential treatment.
Ferrero subsequently withdrew, claiming a late back injury.
"The seeding purpose has always been, and still is, to get the best 16 players on grass into the latter stages of the tournament," Barnett said.
"And if you look down the ATP ranking list, the best fast-court players - because so much is now played on clay - are sometimes not among the world's top 16.
"The purpose over the next 12 months will be to design a system that is entirely objective and not subjective."
Former British number one John Lloyd agreed.
"In the old days, when more tournaments were played on grass, there was more data to go on," he said.
But now you only have Wimbledon and you can't base the seedings on last year's results."
Barnett said it was vital tennis got its house in order and designed a system that reflected current form.
"I think we all agree that the French Open's seedings are equally false," he said.
"And I think we need an objective system that all the Grand Slam's will follow."
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