The Effect of Reducing the Number of Seeds at Tennis Majors
Beginning with the 2019 Australian Open, the number of seeded players at majors will be cut in half to 16, the first time it will be at that number in eighteen years. The expected result is for more competitive tennis at the beginning of tournaments. But, from a historical perspective, will this really be the case? That is, after reverting to a draw of 16 seeds, will there be more upsets in the opening rounds?