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The ATP tour will be increasing the size of the doubles events at Masters tournaments, along with other changes to promote the doubles game.
Jamie Murray, currently ranked No. 11 in doubles (and a former No. 1 in doubles), wants it to receive more promotion and gain popularity.
"I think things have improved a lot in doubles," said Murray, following his win in the mixed doubles at the US Open. ''We need to keep pushing for more, keep kind of showcasing it as a great part of tennis, not just kind of like the sort of ugly stepsister for singles."
Murray, who is the doubles representative on the ATP Player Council with doubles partner Bruno Soares, confirmed that there will be an increase from 24 to 32-team draws at Masters events.
"One of the things that we've been able to do is to eliminate the bye from the Masters Series, so there will be 32 draws in the Masters, which I think will give a lot more players opportunities to play the biggest events on the ATP tour, which we think is a good thing," he said.
But there have been suggestions that some tournaments are unhappy, since it will require providing more accommodation and prize money.
Murray added that doubles players will be doing more promotion in return.
"I think the doubles guys are committed to doing two hours...as a group at each tournament, if the tournament decides to use that, that they can use to sell to sponsors as part of their package," he said. "We've been working with the tournaments in terms of finding ways to kind of promote teams better rather than individuals, try to find ways to stop teams from kind of splitting up to get into tournaments.
"We think it's important to kind of build the relationships with the tournaments and work together so that everyone kind of benefits."
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