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New ATP Exec Chair & President Brad Drewett Hears Players' Concerns "Loud And Clear"
Published January 18, 2012
FROM THE PLAYERS: In a special to the Melbourne AGE, tennis players Bob and Mike Bryan wrote, “We travel to great cities, we're well paid and we have one of the best jobs in the world, so we try not to open our mouths about a lot of that stuff. But we have some interesting times ahead because the players are more united than they have been in a while.” They added, “For a long time, it was impossible to get anything done, because all the players wanted different things, but that's starting to change.” It is “cool” to have Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic on the players’ council “together -- the big three.” They might not be “on the exact same page at the moment, but that's going to happen.” They are “uniting the players and making sure we have a voice.” They wrote: “They don't need to do it -- they're millionaires, they're great players and they could just focus on their tennis, but they're trying to make the game better and take it into the future, and we're becoming a stronger group because of it. We're less divided than we used to be, and that will hopefully make it easier for things to get done” (THEAGE.com.au, 1/18).
QUIET, PLEASE: USA TODAY’s Douglas Robson writes for the “first time in years, the WTA is taking calls for action seriously” about the players’ grunting during a match. WTA officials have “started to conduct ‘due diligence’ by reaching out to constituents, coaches and academies to ensure that the next generation of players tone down what to many has become an unbearable ear sore.” Grunting “made the tour's board meeting during last year's U.S. Open and will be discussed again by the board in March” (USA TODAY, 1/18).