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Angry "Stars Ordered to be Media Friendly"

I found this while I was cruising all the Aussie papers. Yet, another reason to be irritated at the ATP. While I can understand some of this stuff the thing that pisses me off the most is expecting these guys to give some sort of sound bite as they walk on the court. Do they really need to be answering stupid, petty questions before they go out to play a match? Most of the hard core fans understand the need to concentrate and the "casual fans" won't give anymore of a crap then they did before because i doubt the questions before a match would be very insightful. And it's not like this requirement will introduce the casual fan to a new player because it sounds like this is geared towards the "stars." And for those of us here in the States we know what (or who) that means . As if we don't see them enough. Anyway, here's the article. Sorry for the rant.

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From "The Advertiser":

By LEO SCHLINK in Melbourne
02jan04
THE world's leading male tennis players have been ordered to become accessible to the media, including a demand for competitors to take part in television interviews as they walk on to court for matches.

In a plan designed to further popularise the sport, ATP players have been given a list of commitments which, if not fully met after a three-month trial period, will result in fines that double with every offence.

ATP executive Chris Clouser says the changes in media commitments are "an effort to enhance the media-player relationship and to hopefully expand the amount of promotion dedicated to tennis".

There is no mention in Clouser's letter to players of former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt's multi-million dollar legal action against with the ATP over interview requests ahead of his first-round match in Cincinnati 15 months ago, a dispute which has now reached the South Australian Supreme Court.

Under the new rules, which will be introduced from the weekend, players are required to:

TAKE part in pre-tournament interviews of up to an hour's duration;

PERFORM a pre-match interview with television during walk-on before a match.

The interview is not to exceed two minutes.

Broadcasters (not players) will have the option to request the interview take place at the practice courts on the day of the match.

SUBMIT to an interview of up to five minutes with host broadcasters after winning a match.

APPEAR within 30 minutes at a post-match press conference. Exceptions to the rule will be made only for injured players or those with good cause.

Clouser has told players no fines will be applied during the first three months of the 2004 season to "allow players, ATP staff, broadcasters and tournaments to adjust to these changes".

The ATP board will then meet at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami, where the new rules will be ratified and will take immediate affect.

Clouser said ATP player council and board "felt that a stronger commitment was needed to ensure standards and expectations are consistent for all matches and players".

"Today's ATP players are among the most interesting and talented athletes in the world," he wrote.

"This new media initiative was undertaken to provide the best forums to demonstrate this fact to the press."

In his letter to players, Clouser indicates the ATP will continue to order players to forfeit half their prizemoney – or a specified fine – if they violate the Tour's STARS program, which requires competitors to complete certain obligations to media, sponsors or the tournament.

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Re: "Stars Ordered to be Media Friendly"

I read about this on another board yesterday and I don't agree with all the decisions. Imagine a stuttering Ivo Karlovic having to give an interview before walking on court.

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Re: "Stars Ordered to be Media Friendly"

It's a joke actually, I can understand why Hewitt couldn't be bothered doing a stupid Q&A before his match against Ginepri in Cincinatti. The best thing was he won 6-0, 6-0.

I wonder which players on the council were for it? Too bad they don't have guys like Rios, Kafelnikov, Rosset on the player council, then I don't think it would have got through.

Imagine if they wanted to interview Coria and demanded that he spoke in English?
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Imagine if they wanted to interview Coria and demanded that he spoke in English?
Exactly!! It's a bunch of crap that this is about player/media relations. These "requirements" are only going to make things worse. These decisions definitely had nothing to do with the players themselves. More like the media whining, crying, and stomping their feet till they got their way.

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Re: "Stars Ordered to be Media Friendly"

Sometimes press conferences can be funny, hopefully it wasn't the American networks that were complaining about the lack of access to players?

I mean if I was going to a play a match, I don't want some clown asking inane questions before I was about to walk on to play.

After match interviews when they win, yeah that is fair enough but it shouldn't go on forever, next they will be demanding them to sign at least 150 autographs after the match.

Imagine a pre-interview with Marcelo Rios
Q: So how are you feeling at the moment?
A: Like you or anyone else really cares

Q: How is the injury going?
A: Same as before, I have pain, maybe it be good, maybe not. I don't know.

Q: What are your tactics going to be today?
A: To win

Q: What if they aren't working during the match?
A: Then I lose
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While I can see how it is unfair on the players I can't really complain about it as it is done to promote tennis and that is always a good thing.
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There are limits you know. There won't be too serious questions asked in a pre-match interview I assume, but I still think some players won't feel comfortable doing it and you simply cannot force them. It might disturb the concentration of some players.

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Re: "Stars Ordered to be Media Friendly"

Yes, promoting the game is very important but there needs to be a balance, which I don't think some of these proposals address.

The after match thing is fine, yes the attendence at the press conference is alright, but the walk-on interview is a joke, players should have this time just before a match to themselves to focus and concentrate on the task.

In the Slams they have days off and also there is enough time to do the media committments, and hopefully some of these journalists could do some research and ask some intelligent questions, that would help a lot.
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Actually Hewitt had from the Wednesday before the tournament began which was on Monday to do the interview so there is no reason he couldn't make time. Take part in pre tournament interviews up to a hour? I know tennis is exciting but not that exciting, these guys will run out of things to say. I think it would work better if the networks at the event would approach all of the players (see that CBS and ESPN!!) and work it out with them instead of going through North Korea, I mean the union.
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WOW, before I was for the ATP, but now I'm feeling like telling Ferreira to hurry up with his organization.
How do they differenciate the "stars" from 'non-stars'? And how do they deal with players who don't think they are stars (Marat's fans know who I mean)?

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THE world's leading male tennis players have been ordered to become accessible to the media, including a demand for competitors to take part in television interviews as they walk on to court for matches.
Oh, this will go over very well with Hewitt.

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This just seems well...... dumb.

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Didnt Davenport do a live pre match interview at this years USO...thats the first time I'd ever seen that being done and was rather surprised...
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Re: "Stars Ordered to be Media Friendly"

Once in a while they will. Not as much anymore, though. I feel like I haven't really seen it in the past year or two anyway.

In theory, this is a good idea. But, I don't see how a 2minute pre-match interview will really help tennis? I mean, the people watching at that moment are the people who'd be watching anyway. And it seems awfully rigid. There'd be a way to enact new rules that are more flexible, I should think. Plus a lot of players make themselves available anyway.

I dunno, the first word that comes to my mind when reading the regulations is "bitchy" LOL

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It is not only up to the players to promote tennis sinnce a lots of them do their job, but also to the media.
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