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ATP, WTA Chiefs Discuss Pros, Cons Of Merging Into One Tour
Published March 26, 2008
|De Villiers Says ATP-WTA Merger
Would Be Conceptually Difficult
STATE OF THE GAME: SI's Justin Gimelstob wrote of tennis' health the "most encouraging statistics come directly from the nuts and bolts of the tennis industry." Gimelstob: "Racket and tennis-ball sales have been on a sharp increase in the past few years, as has total play and participation in the game. Tennis is the only traditional sport to grow in participation during the past five years, a 10[%] increase, compared to the decline of other mainstream sports like football, baseball and basketball" (SI.com, 3/21).