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SBD/October 31, 2012/Leagues and Governing Bodies
Andy Murray Calls For Expanded Drug Testing Program, Tougher Penalties For Tennis Players
Published October 31, 2012
CROWDED CALENDAR: FOXSPORTS.com's Richard Evans wrote, "It was obvious, from the moment the decision was made to close off the free week between the ATP Masters 1000 event here in Paris and the ATP World Tour Finals in London, that one or both tournaments would suffer." The decision was made by former ATP World Tour Exec Chair & President Adam Helfant, "who cast the deciding vote as chairman of the ATP Board." It would be "harsh to lay the blame solely at Helfant’s door because at least two of the player reps were in favor of it, but it was a decision doomed to failure from the moment it was made." Evans wrote of the ATP Masters 1000, "A tournament of this stature, which has built a fine reputation since coming onto the calendar in 1986, deserves better." By taking away the one-week "breathing space before the ATP World Tour Finals, the tour made one of its worst decisions and is now having to live with the consequences." Evans: "No wonder this Paris Masters event is thinking of moving to February" (FOXSPORTS.com, 10/29).
COMING UP ACES: For the second consecutive year, attendance for the TEB BNP Paribas WTA Championships at the Sinan Erdem Arena exceeded 70,000 fans, reaching 73,072 to mark the highest total since '00. Meanwhile, the official WTA website (www.wtatennis.com) set a record during championship week with approximately 4.8 million page impressions and nearly 500,000 unique visitors (WTA).