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ATP AIMS TO GO STEADY WITH WTA? WILL LEGENDS BE REDUCED?

          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).

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