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A PALACE COUP HITS THE WTA PLAYERS ASSOCIATION
Published November 5, 1997
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).