What he said:
"Lock them in a room and throw away the key until they come out."
Shanghai Masters tournament director Michael Luevano insists that the only way to resolve tennis player concerns is to get all the governing bodies—ATP, WTA, ITF and Grand Slam tourney organisers—involved.
He called for a summit, “They need a summit with the Grand Slam present, the ITF present, the WTA present and of course the ATP."
"It’s like voting for the Pope. Stay there [in the meeting] and we’ll wait for the white smoke."
Talking to BBC Sport, Luevano said that it is frustrating to lose top players to withdrawals and injuries.
Referring to Roger Federer’s withdrawal from his event, the Shanghai Masters boss said:
Especially with someone like Roger, we want him in the game for five more years.
If he’s not comfortable with how his body is feeling, and we just happen to be the tournament he can’t make, then so be it.
Luevano called for a balancing of players’ demands and tournament needs:
It is very complex [the calendar debate]. There are a lot of moving parts, a lot of historic events, established market places.
By wanting to shorten the season, someone is going to suffer dramatically.
I think a lot of progress has been made by the ATP and from the tournament side what we’re looking for is player commitment which is how we build the event.
What Luevano really meant:
“Decisions and solutions don’t get made without coming to the dialogue table. Oh, by the way, can you ensure that my Shanghai sojourn continues in the mix?”
What Luevano definitely didn’t:
“There are plenty of empty rooms and seats right here in Shanghai. Let’s do it—now!”
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Today—the 16th of January—is the eve of the 2011 Australian Open.
History will be made at the Asia-Pacific Grand Slam if Roger Federer or Rafael Nadal clinch the men’s title.
It will be Roger Federer’s 17th major. It will be a Star Trek landmark—going where no man has been before. If Nadal wins, it will be the culmination of the Rafa Slam—an event much anticipated by players and fans.
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Sania Mirza continues to delight her Indian fans. She followed up her CommonWealth Games individual silver with an Asiad bronze at Guangzhou. Mirza may be struggling with her ranking on the WTA tour but is enjoying her time in the sun post her recent marriage to Shoaib Malik and a renaissance representing India. Sania and her partner Vishnu Vardhan tamed Tamarine Tanasugarn and Sanchai Ratiwatana 6-3, 6-7 (7-3), 10-5 in the mixed doubles semis to assure the Hyderabadi of another silver—at least.
Sania Mirza’s comeback to the WTA tour may not have quite taken off on the singles circuit but she’s certainly holding her end up in doubles.
Sania failed to secure a second doubles title this season . She and her partner Hsieh Su-wei lost 2-6 4-6 to third seeds Chang Kai-Chen and Chuang Chia-Jung in the summit clash of the ITF $ 1,00,000 tournament in Taipei.
Sania also missed out on the gold medal at the CommonWealth Games in New Delhi in the singles draw — battling all the way.
Somdev Devvarman will be representing India at the Guangzhou Asian Games from November 12 to 27,2010. Somdev was top seeded at the recently concluded CommonWealth Games and was one of the few elite Indian athletes who fulfilled expectations by clinching gold.
Roger Federer is enjoying a good run following his failed bid at a 17th Slam at the US Open. Two tournament victories in quick succession and a red-hot Federer jets into Paris seeking his 18th Masters hoping to equal Rafael Nadal’s record.
"I’m a bit worn-out, I’ve had a lot of matches, I’m hoping my mind and body hold up. But I don’t play until Wednesday and there will be time to recover. I’m confident that my form will carry me through." said the champion.
Nadal, his nemesis, has pulled out citing shoulder tendinitis. But he hopes to be ready for the season-ending World Tour Final in London.
Nadal had a fantastic 2010 reeling off three Grand Slams in quick succession to bring his haul to nine. This includes a Career Slam.
The World Tour Finals will be eagerly awaited; the only possibility of the two great champions facing off once more this year comes at this premier event.
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With the French Open looming large on the horizon , the 23rd of May, 2010 to be precise, I thought I’d pen a few words on the French Open , tennis and my favorites for the title of King of the Red Clay at Roland Garros.