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SBD/September 20, 2011/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Andy Murray: Tennis Players Could Strike If Scheduling Changes Not Made
Published September 20, 2011
WILLING TO WALK: Murray said a strike is a "possibility." He added, "I know from speaking to some players they're not afraid of doing that. Let's hope it doesn't come to that but I'm sure the players will consider it." Murray indicated that he thinks "the subject of a strike or boycott will be mentioned during the meeting in China." Murray: "If we come up with a list of things we want changed -- and everyone is in agreement but they don't happen -- then we need to have some say in what goes on in our sport. At the moment we don't." Murray continued, "Since I've come on the tour we've tried for a shorter calendar. To get another change implemented may take five or six years at the rate things are going and by then all of us will be done (retired). We want it to happen sooner rather than later" (LONDON TIMES, 9/20).
NO WORSE THAN IT WAS IN THE PAST: Former ATP member Michael Stich today said he did not think Murray's complaint "is a good one." Stich said, "I didn't complain -- and I played in tournament singles and doubles. ... I don't think it is a big issue. They are not playing more than we did 10 or 15 years ago and they have shorter seasons than we used to. When people like Stefan Edberg played in singles and doubles at Grand Slams, they (just) did their job. Andy Murray doesn't even play four rounds of Davis Cup each year." He noted today's players "should never forget this is a partnership." Stich: "If they were to go on strike, they should think what would happen if the tournaments went on strike. They would have no career, no income, no profession. It (striking) is not a good solution" (BBC.co.uk, 9/20).