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"A players strike at the Australian Open?? YES SIR!!"

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Re: "A players strike at the Australian Open?? YES SIR!!"

ugh...god, hope not. better be over wages and not the idiotic schedule dispute
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Re: "A players strike at the Australian Open?? YES SIR!!"

If the guy is joking around, bit of a silly thing to do. If he's reporting the truth then it's obviously big news.

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Re: "A players strike at the Australian Open?? YES SIR!!"

Santiago Gonzalez (@gonzalezsanty) also talking strike, citing smaller % of pay for players at Slams compared to ATP events.
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Would be great if the players stood up for themselves for once. The slams cash in bigtime & give a very small % back to players. It's the lower ranked players for whom the money is important that really lose out. Wimbledon for example makes millions & hand over a lot of those millions to the LTA which has had little to show for itself - sure slams will help out their national tennis association (USTA/FTF/TA/LTA...) but it's too tilted that way.

Not sure when they'd do it though. Strike at the Aus Open? Or at the French? US Open is the best target as it's the worst for players I think conditions wise - but it's pretty far away....

Neil Harman wrote in The Times today Nadal was considering stepping down as Vice-President of the Player's Council at the meeting tonight as he doesn't think the leadership listen/is fed up with it - wonder if that happened. Strike talk sounds like more players are on a wavelength with him, Roddick & Murray about some issues than perhaps Fed... Interesting stuff.

Edit: Santiago Gonzalez's twitter talks about players getting 30% of revenue from ATP tournaments vs 13% at Grand Slams & asks where all the money goes. Then says it was a very interesting meeting, possibly strike at the next tournaments/Slams (not clear which....). Would Rafa strike at the French & Wimbledon? Possibly not - may just convince people to wait till the US Open.
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not to be controversial here but if you see the lack of professionalism from most of the guys ranked outside of the top 10 i think its only fair that they dont get paid as much. if you want to be a journeyman fine but dont expect to make that fat cash by showing up when it suits you and win a tournament here and there or make a deep run in a masters. if i am going to feel sorry for anyone its people starving in africa not spoiled tennis player who complain about the seasons length and lose first round matches they are supposed to win just to receive that turn-up money.
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I'm fine with it if it's something to do with supporting journeymen, but not if it's the same old tired whining about how unfair the schedule is for the top players.

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not to be controversial here but if you see the lack of professionalism from most of the guys ranked outside of the top 10 i think its only fair that they dont get paid as much. if you want to be a journeyman fine but dont expect to make that fat cash by showing up when it suits you and win a tournament here and there or make a deep run in a masters.
Try using your brain next time you post. Anyone who's in the top 100 dosen't lack professionalis.

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if i am going to feel sorry for anyone its people starving in africa not spoiled tennis player who complain about the seasons length and lose first round matches they are supposed to win just to receive that turn-up money.
Nadull and Murray are the ones that have an issue with the tennis year being too long. If anything the likes of Bolgomolov probablay want non-stop ATP events.
And wtf has Africa got to do whith anything? Nowadays the fat ass bureaucrats earn more money than the players themself. Do you think this is fair?

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if i am going to feel sorry for anyone its people starving in africa not spoiled tennis player who complain about the seasons length and lose first round matches they are supposed to win just to receive that turn-up money.
People can feel sorry for both groups of people even though one group's concern may be more pressing than the other group's. Shocking, I know.

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Strike talk sounds like more players are on a wavelength with him, Roddick & Murray about some issues than perhaps Fed... Interesting stuff.

Edit: Santiago Gonzalez's twitter talks about players getting 30% of revenue from ATP tournaments vs 13% at Grand Slams & asks where all the money goes. Then says it was a very interesting meeting, possibly strike at the next tournaments/Slams (not clear which....). Would Rafa strike at the French & Wimbledon? Possibly not - may just convince people to wait till the US Open.
the only top-player who talked about that small % of revenues in slams was Andy Murray.

And that was a very very very little part of all the gossiping.

Everything depends on the purpose of the strike : if that's it, it's totally different from what we heard in previous months, but at least it's something which can unite more players.

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Why is Bogomolov of all people announcing this?
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We will see, but it's normal we've heard nothing else about this, as the players meeting was yesterday evening in Australia, may have finished late.

We should hear about that when it's morning in Australia.

Yesterday was Drewett's first talk to the players, may have started quite harsh

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Uncram the damn schedule.
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http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/te...77e8a4870a05bf

Apparently Neil Harmon is reporting in the Times that #2 might step down as Vice President b/c he's so unhappy with the state of affairs on the tour.

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