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SBD/Issue 132/Leagues & Governing Bodies
Larry Scott Reflects On WTA Tenure, Notes Similarities To Pac-10
Published March 27, 2009
|Scott Sees Many Similarities Between
His Roles With WTA, Pac-10
MOVING ON: Scott said of making the decision to leave, "I was home a lot in December and January and after some soul-searching with my wife, I decided that I only had 10 more years before my children (ages 8, 7 and 5) were going to begin leaving home." When asked if he was ever officially a candidate to replace former ATP World Tour Exec Chair & President Etienne de Villiers, Scott said, "They approached me at the U.S. Open (last year) and asked if I would be willing to leave the WTA, and I said no. However, I told them I thought it would be the perfect time for the tours to come together and merge." Scott said it is "just a coincidence" that three of the top jobs in tennis -- the ATP, the WTA and the USTA -- will have turned over in the past few months. Scott: "I don't see any connection. I hope it's an opportunity for the sport to have new leadership and fresh perspective" (ESPN.com, 3/26).
CASH, NOT CREDIBILITY: TENNIS.com's James Martin wrote, "What I find ... surprising is how everyone, it seems, is praising Scott as the greatest leader of women's tennis ever. He probably is. But is that saying much, given his more recent predecessors?" Scott deserves "massive credit for filling the tour's coffers," and if we are to "measure Scott's success by the size of the WTA's war chest, which by all accounts is overflowing, he is indeed worthy of all the praise coming his way." But Martin added, "When I look back at his six-year tenure, I don't see the record of a visionary whose decisions were governed by passion for the sport or its fans. Instead, I see an exceptional businessman who too often put cash ahead of credibility." Martin: "For all the money the WTA tour has made, can you think of one successful women's-only event on TV in the U.S. that isn't on some low-rent cable channel at a ridiculously inconvenient time?" (TENNIS.com, 3/25).