32 reasons why Grand Slams might bore you

Grand Slams used to seed only the top 16 players. Now with twice as many players getting seeded, the potential for significant early-round upsets has diminished, writes Joel Drucker.

Updated: June 20, 2007, 1:32 PM ET
By Joel Drucker | Special to ESPN.com

Look back at this year's French Open and you will note a paucity of dramatic matches from both men and women. Look ahead to Wimbledon next week and the same scenario could repeat itself. Though it's of course possible to cite many culprits, ranging from random events to the staggering dominance of the top-ranked players, one subtle but pointed reason for the lack of engaging competition at Grand Slam tournaments of late is the presence of 32 seeds.

"The best are usually more beatable early ...

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