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French Open Next In Line To Increase Purse; Players' Direct Discussions To Thank?
Published March 22, 2013
LEADING ROLES: Outgoing ATP Exec Chair & President Brad Drewett has “played less of a role in the most recent negotiations because of serious illness," and others such as Gimelstob have “taken on larger, pivotal roles.” Gimelstob: “I won’t say it was fun or cordial, and it was incredibly stressful and angst-ridden and there were even times it got personal.” Though Player Council President Roger Federer’s “hands-on leadership has created occasional friction" with other top players, it has been "critical to projecting credibility to Grand Slam tournament leaders.” The USTA’s concessions “mean that the relationship between the tournament and the top men’s players -- increasingly testy in recent years -- could improve” (N.Y. TIMES, 3/22).