Andy Roddick Is Cognizant About Negotiations
What he said:
“Listen, you don’t go into negotiation and have someone represent both sides.”
Andy Roddick is not convinced that the ATP system is in the players’ best interests.
The men’s body is currently seeking a fresh CEO.
Hopefully someone can get in there and win the battle of rhetoric one of these times and get someone to approve some changes. But under the present system, he really can’t. Some of the good ol’ boys club have it figured out pretty good. It’s not an easy position. It’s not as if we haven’t had smart people. We have had different types; very abrasive kind of showy personalities in there; we’ve had more of a demure, quiet, smart person in there. We’ve covered our personality bases. I think at a certain point you have to look at the system as being flawed as opposed to continually looking for the scapegoat.
The ATP board consists of seven members including the CEO; three are tournament representatives and the other three present the players’ views.
The 10-member ATP Player Council elect the player representatives.
Roddick feels that it’s “an impossible situation” for the ATP head.
Listen, you don’t go into negotiation and have someone represent both sides. It just doesn’t happen in any business transaction or negotiation. I don’t think it’s the CEO’s fault. It’s an impossible situation. I think the system is suspect.
What he really meant:
“Negotiations are not about eating your cake and keeping it too.”
What he definitely didn’t: