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  • A PALACE COUP HITS THE WTA PLAYERS ASSOCIATION

              The "abrupt overhaul of the WTA Players Association
         board has not only created a schism between the top 10
         players and their less heralded peers but deprived" its Exec
         Dir, Sara Fornaciari, of her vote on the board, according to
         Robin Finn of the N.Y. TIMES.  As part of the plan
         "advanced" by WTA Tour player/board President Patricia Hy-
         Boulais, Fornaciari, RHB Ventures CEO Ray Benton and former
         player Kathleen Horvath have been removed from the board. 
         Benton represents the Top 10 tour players on the board.  The
         three "were replaced" by Zucker Sports Management's Steve
         Zucker; Steve Wilde, stepfather of the player Linda Harvey-
         Wilde and real estate attorney Bob Ross.  Zucker was named
         the Association's CEO. The vote also created three more
         board positions for nonplayers.  Hy-Boulais said "the whole
         purpose of the restructuring is to put the power back  in
         the players' hands and get the lower-ranked players more
         opportunities to play."  But Finn adds that the "coup has
         met a mixed reception" as the WTA Tour is "investigating its
         legality and agents for the top players have threatened to
         have their clients boycott the Association in 1998 if the
         changes remain intact" (Robin Finn, N.Y. TIMES, 11/5).
    
    

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