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Tennis: Tiriac talks tough to absent Madrid Masters players




MADRID : Flamboyant tennis impresario Ion Tiriac called for a get-tough policy for the millionaire absentees who didn't bother to play at this week's 2.425-million-euro Madrid Masters.

With Roger Federer, Andy Roddick, Guillermo Coria and Lleyton Hewitt - the current world top four - all failing to play, Andre Agassi remained the biggest draw card at the Rockodromo.


While Federer pleaded tiredness, Roddick claimed a knee injury and Hewitt stayed away for a holiday in Australia.

Coria actually watched the final as he recovers form a shoulder problem which has kept him away for months.

The quartet have all qualified for the lucrative season-ending Masters Cup next month, and have little incentive to risk themselves in the run-up.

The ATP men's sanctioning body also has no leverage in the matter, since dissolution of the year-end bonus pool system several seasons ago due to a financial squeeze brought on by collapse of a billion-dollar television rights contract in Switzerland.

But taking a page from Formula one racing, Tiriac endorsed hitting the players where it hurts most - in the bank balance.

"Take a million from my prize money," he said of his 2.425-million-euro event. "Call it player compensation, put 10 million in the Masters (Cup fund)," said the colourful former player, coach and manager.

"If he doesn't play one (of the nine Masters Series) tournaments, take away a quarter of his (ranking) points. If he doesn't play two, it's too bad, he cannot play the Masters Cup, nothing else."

The sums in question are not trivial for even the errant top stars.

With Federer walking away with 1.52-million dollars last year as an undefeated Masters Cup champion for a week of tennis, skipping that kind of a potential payday is surely not attractive to any of the Top 10.

Tiriac contrasted the attitude in tennis to that of F1 king Michael Schumacher, who is competing in the weekend's final race of the season despite wrapping up another championship months ago.

"Schumacher didn't stop after six races when he was world champion," said Tiriac, who brought the tennis event from Stuttgart to Madrid with great success in 2002.

"The players have to get conscious that they cannot live without somebody putting an event like this together. I'm calling the rule."

Tiriac said that the four Grand Slams, rivals to the ATP circuit, should also come on board to the new sanctioning plan.

But he doesn't hold out much hope of that kind of cooperation in what appears to be becoming a more Balkanised sporting landscape.

"If the Grand Slams are not going to play with us, then automatically (they) are against us. Of course, Wimbledon is always going to resist.

"The Grand Slams should be aware of the fact that it's a problem, and .. they should participate in the bonus pool, participate in the Masters Cup."

The mustachioed former manager of Boris Becker and Goran Ivanisevic and Romanian rival in the 1970s to compatriot Ilie Nastase directed another serve at today's current stars.

"I think a tennis player who makes five, six, seven, eight, ten million dollars a year, he should have the decency to make his program and give back to the game something.

"He cannot play 70 tournaments, it's true. But is something that is wrong."
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"If he doesn't play one (of the nine Masters Series) tournaments, take away a quarter of his (ranking) points. If he doesn't play two, it's too bad, he cannot play the Masters Cup, nothing else."
I understand his sentiment, but that's absolutely ridiculous! Which would he prefer - the top players at his tournament, or the top players all burnt out and exhausted and injured to the point where the game sucks. He needs to take a look at the WTA tour this year to see what would happen. 1/4 of someone's rankings points for missing a tournament? Is he nuts?

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I would agree on less money at TMC for those who played less TMS tournaments, but taking ranking points is pretty :retard:

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Tiriac should cut that moustache of his, roll it up in paper and smoke it. Because whatever he is smoking now is obviously not doing him any good if his comments are anything to go by.
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I guess Tiriac also forgot that the players ARE fined when they pull out of the TMS events. And it's on a gradation based on ranking. For the top players, it's quite a bit of money. Dude should read the rule book before spouting off like this.

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Let's bring him a BOSI bimbo Or maybe he wanted male models with Andy on the court (better late than never, Tiriac bad boy )

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Dude should read the rule book before spouting off like this.
Yeah Deb, don't think he's done that or ever will!
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The fact that he compares F1 rules to tennis says enough about his intelligence. He's just a dumbass. No words for him nor his ideas.

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Hey everybody needs a rest sometimes - they are only human!

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"Schumacher didn't stop after six races when he was world champion," said Tiriac, who brought the tennis event from Stuttgart to Madrid with great success in 2002.
That is a crazy comparison.

The problem is with the schedule, 9 compulsory TMS tournaments is to much on top of all the other schedule requirements facing top players.

To expect all the top players to show up and compete at 100% in all of them is asking way to much even of pro stars on 8 figure annual salaries.
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Tennis is way more athletic than auto racing.

They are human , not machine.
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Schumacher also has a longer off season than the top tennis player, and he doesn't have 5-7 days of matches none stop. Their competition sre only on the week-end.
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Who's this guy anyway? The way that he disregarded ATP tournaments other than TMS events and that put a fallacy analog between tennis and auto racing is so ignorant, and it only shows how greedy he is when comes to speak of his own interest as a tennis impresario .
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Tennis is way more athletic than auto racing.
Actually, racing drivers have to keep in tip-top shape and probably excercise more than tennis players. It takes A LOT to drive one of those cars.

That all said, Tiriac is still an idiot if he thinks players should lose quarter of their ranking points for not playing in a TMS tourny
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I know that F1 drivers do a lot more then just have two or three practice sessions, a qualifying race and the actual race every two weeks for 8 months. They do lots of testing during weekdays and like you said they need to be in good physical shape to deal with those G forces. The point is just that missing a Masters Series Tournament and missing a GP are two very different things. Even a fool knows that! Since English isn't my native language, can someone name me a word to use for someone who's even lower as a fool? That can be my new name for Tiriac

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