Originally Posted by Action Jackson
Ricci Bitti is an arse clown of the highest order. Got to say I'm impressed with the rope comment, but tennis doesn't have competent people in charge of their game. Sure they aren't as bad as FIFA, but they can't get away with like those clowns cause of the status of tennis.
It is worth noting that ATP Tour was founded pretty much as a rebellion against the Grand Slams, which were viewed as hogging too much money. If you look at the prize money development of the Grand Prix circuit in the late '80s, it's pretty sad. I guess it's ironic that after 20 years, things are going back to that again.
Calendar does have issues, but they are difficult to fix. One of the main dilemma is that much of the prize money comes from Asia nowadays, but events there are not well estabilished and have poor attendances. You have to squeeze the Asian swing somewhere, but where. It would be ideal if they could be played before Australian Open, but how do you do that? What some fans propose - essentially give cold shoulder to Asia and concentrate on European clay/grass and US hardcourt seasons is not realistic. Sport needs broad, international appeal to survive: otherwise it will end up like LPGA.
It would be best if ITF, ATP and WTA could be merged to one organization which takes care of everything - GS, pro tours, Davis Cup, development series, juniors etc. But obviously this will never happen.