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ATP AIMS TO GO STEADY WITH WTA? WILL LEGENDS BE REDUCED?
Published December 8, 1997
The plan to streamline the ATP Tour in the year 2000 (see THE DAILY, 11/25) was examined by John Barrett of the FINANCIAL TIMES who wrote that while it "may not have gone far enough," it would still "represent a big advance." Barrett: "Persuading the players that change is needed if tennis is to survive in the ever more competitive field of sport has not been easy." But the Men's Player Council "has now approved the master plan." It has "also been grudgingly accepted by tournament directors, many of whom see a bleak future for all but the lucky seven that are in the 'super' series." While the ATP Tour would like a "much closer collaboration" with the WTA Tour, the women's board has yet to approve of any such plan. Barrett: "The main reason is that the women are terrified of being swamped by the men. They are reluctant to face the commercial reality that their version of the sport does not attract as much support from sponsors and the media" (FINANCIAL TIMES, 12/6). VIRGINIA SLIMS CUTS BACK: In Miami, Meri-Jo Borzilleri cited sources who said that Virginia Slims Legends tour officials are "discussing reducing the tour from its present calendar of six sites to four, and moving to minor-market cities." Philip Morris USA PR Manager Mary Doherty said she couldn't "confirm anything," but added Virginia Slims will sponsor a tour in '98 (MIAMI HERALD, 12/6).