Players Vote to Uphold Back-to-Back Tennis Masters Series
by Richard Vach | May 31st, 2007, 2:30 pm

After complaints by world No. 1 Roger Federer and other top players regarding back-to-back weeks of Masters Series events on the ATP calendar, there was a peculiar vote by player representatives to uphold the event’s calendar positions on the planned 2009 schedule.

At the ATP Player Council meeting this week during the French Open, ATP Chairman Etienne de Villiers convinced Player Council members Ivan Ljubicic, James Blake, Thomas Johansson, Kevin Ullyett, Bob Bryan, Paul Goldstein, Riccardo Piatti, David Adams, and player representatives Iggy Jovanovic, Perry Rogers, Jacco Eltingh of the advantages of the back-to-back newly-christened “Masters 1000” events.

The ATP calendar currently has back-to-back Masters Series hardcourt events in March at Indian Wells and Miami, albeit with a few days rest for players before the Miami start, and back-to-back events without any rest on clay in May at Rome and Hamburg during the lead-up to the French Open.

In August the calendar has another set of back-to-back hardcourt events without a rest at Montreal/Toronto and Cincinnati.

There is also the current controversy on the men’s circuit as the ATP attempts to trim their Masters Series/Masters 1000 roster of the events in Monte Carlo and Hamburg, while at the same time many of the top players such as Federer and Rafael Nadal have rallied to protect the status of the storied events.

In defending the back-to-back events you have to believe de Villiers spun a smooth presentation of tennis’ media opportunities during the consecutive week events, and opportunities to possibly make some of the events co-ed to create Slam-like events.

Also discussed was allowing the Masters Series-Indian Wells event a Thursday start in the future, and the ongoing negotiations to grant ATP points for Davis Cup play.

Blowback from the OK-ing for continued back-to-back Masters Series events in 2009 will likely come only from the top, since at the moment only Federer or Nadal seem able to contest finals in consecutive weeks at the top events, while losses by other players gives them the necessary rest. Doubles players can revel in the fact that another Player Council meeting went by without their sport being further slashed.

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10 Comments for Players Vote to Uphold Back-to-Back Tennis Masters Series

jah Says:

Curious that you would accompany this story with a photo of Roddick who did not attend the player council meeting. Any particular reason why (other than he makes you horny)?

Asswipe44 Says:

hahahahahahahahaha good question lmfao

x-editor Says:

jah and asswipe (no offense), the stories on Tennis-X are auto-matched with photos — as you can see, sometimes incorrectly. Just enjoy the pic, and if Roddick does make you horny, take appropriate action. Thanks.

beerme Says:

How is King Rog going to react to that? Give ET another spanking in the media? Have at you, ET!

Dementieva Steams Up the Closet, Go Down Mary’s Allée | Off the Baseline Says:

[…] Good Read: Rick Vach gives us the scoop on the ATP Player’s Council meeting at Roland Garros. Spoiler Alert: They’re still arguing over awarding Davis Cup points, and have voted to uphold the back to back Masters Series scheduling. Pretend to be surprised. [Tennis Backhander] […]

Ulyssis Says:

Ljubicic said that things will be discussed at Wimbledon.

JCF Says:

Well they have a point. Nadal and Fed don’t want back to back AMS because it’s too tough. But they’re the only ones capable of making back to back finals, so they’re the only ones really affected by it.

zola Says:

the title is very misleading. As if all the players have voted. You should mention “player representatives” and even which one of them.

Did each and everyone of the vote to uphold the back to back tournaments?

jah Says:

QUOTE: Well they have a point. Nadal and Fed don’t want back to back AMS because it’s too tough. But they’re the only ones capable of making back to back finals, so they’re the only ones really affected by it.

Roddick won back to back TMS titles in 2003.

rjnick Says:

Roger won back-to-back titles in Indian Wells and Miami in 2005 and 2006.

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