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LEAGUE NOTES

     The ATP Tour announced that it is deferring implementation
of a rule passed by the Board of Directors during Wimbledon that
would have reduced the time between points to 20 seconds.  The
decision was based on the belief that "strict enforcement" of the
25-second rule is speeding up play.  ATP CEO Mark Miles said the
Tour wanted to study more data and talk more with broadcasters
and players (DAILY sources, 9/13)....New WTA Chief Exec Ann
Person Worcester faces "plenty of problems" in her new position,
including the search for a tour sponsor.  Worcester:  "There's a
real misconception about that.  A lot of people think if we don't
find a title sponsor, the tour is going under.  But we have a
balanced budget without it."  Worcester also suggests that IMG,
which aborted an attempt to start a new women's tour, is
"satisfied we'd make significant changes":  "Theoretically,
what's best for IMG is also what's best for the tour" (Michael
Hiestand, USA TODAY, 9/13).
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