Former Tennis Player John Newcombe Says Sport Should Consider Fifth Slam
Former tennis player John Newcombe said that the sport should "consider adding a fifth blue-chip event," according to Jon Pierik of the CANBERRA TIMES. Newcombe said that a "fifth slam would help keep the sport at the forefront of world attention and would help boost the coffers of the tennis associations" that host the Australian, French, Wimbledon and U.S. tournaments. Newcombe: "There has been talk about it over the years. I know that China would love to have the fifth slam. I think the four slams should get together and tell China they can have a fifth grand slam for a billion dollars, and they take A$250 million ($223M) each." China Open Tournament Dir Alfred Zhang "has made it clear Beijing is keen to hold a fifth slam." Zhang said in October, "It might be an unrealistic goal in the near future but it should be the direction we are supposed to go" (CANBERRA TIMES, 1/8).