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De Villiers aka "Mr Disney" in favor of bans to punish players missing top tournament

They better not implement this policy until the calender has been overhauled.

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ATP chief says tour will tighten up on withdrawals

PARIS -- ATP chairman Etienne De Villiers said he was in favor of bans to punish players missing top tournaments without a good excuse.


"We're going to tighten up on withdrawals," De Villiers said on Tuesday in the French capital, where he was attending the Paris Masters.


"At the moment players get too much flexibility. They take options on tournaments and then withdraw with no penalties. It's just not right for the fans and for the tournaments."


De Villiers's comments came a day after world No. 1 Roger Federer pulled out from the Paris event citing exhaustion. It left the tournament without five of the world's top six players.


The head of men's tennis did not blame Federer, who had to play a best-of-five-sets final to win the Swiss Indoors on Sunday, but said changes needed to be made to the structure of the calendar.


"There's no guy that's more dedicated and shows more sense of responsibility than Roger Federer," De Villiers told reporters. "I will never criticise him for anything but it is indicative of the players' level of exhaustion.


"There are too many back-to-back tournaments. It does seem crazy that Federer was playing a [best of] five sets final the weekend before he was due to play a Masters Series tournament."


A reformed calendar, which is scheduled to be introduced in 2009, was not the only option, De Villiers said.


The ATP chief said the showcase tournaments should be made more attractive with increased prize money and more ranking points to gain.


"We need focused fans, focused media and focused television on the tournaments that matter. It's a combination of how the calendar is structured, where the players get to play and when.


"We need to get these guys sufficiently motivated in terms of rewards, prize money and difference between bigger tournaments and the smaller ones in terms of points.


"That way you get players to focus on the number of tournaments they should be playing. We do need to get the top guys playing the top tournaments."


On the other hand, De Villiers said, there should be sanctions such as fines, points deductions and suspensions for unjustified withdrawals.


"The sanctions should be quite significant", he said.


"If you've made the Tour playable, if you've taken away back-to-backs, if you've given the top players more points relative to the other tournaments and 20 to 30 per cent more prize money, then I believe we can expect to have the corollary which is if you don't do that, then we're going to take things away from you -- money, points and your ability to play.


"We have to start considering suspensions."

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So he wants to impose bans and other punishments on them for pulling out of tournaments because they are tired, and at the same time implement round robin, which will mandate more matches per tournament?

Does this guy ever think about anything that comes out of his mouth? Ever?

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Oh dear. Add up this to that insane idea of introducing RR in tournaments and all I can conclude is that Mr. Disney rather wants to pester the players than to help them.

I've yet to hear about any player withdrawing with injury and/or fatigue because they enjoy it.

Mr. Disney should get working on rescheduling the calendar first and foremost.

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If a player withdraws from an event due to injury how does the tour verify that the injury is legit and a "good reason" for withdrawing from the tournament? Make the player show up at the tournament and get checked out by a tournament doctor?

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The timing of tournaments needs to be addressed first and foremost. After that, I am in favor of more steep penalities for players missing tournaments. But, how can players be banned if they play the final of Roma and are too tired to play Hamburg the following week??

I feel all of this is merely a "show" by Mr. Disney for the tournament directors.

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If a player withdraws from an event due to injury how does the tour verify that the injury is legit and a "good reason" for withdrawing from the tournament? Make the player show up at the tournament and get checked out by a tournament doctor?
Has a tournament doctor ever called an injury not legit??



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they really need to stop the whole back to back master series tournies if they want to stop all the players from withdrawing. the schedule is ridiculous.

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The timing of tournaments needs to be addressed first and foremost. After that, I am in favor of more steep penalities for players missing tournaments. But, how can players be banned if they played the final of Roma and were too tired to play Hamburg the following week??

I feel all of this is merely a "show" by Mr. Disney for the tournament directors.



Has a tournament doctor ever called an injury not legit??
I don't know. But of course if a player withdraws they're going to come up with something, injury, fatigue. How do they determine what's legit and what's not?

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As with all his ideas ... pure bs.
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I don't know. But of course if a player withdraws they're going to come up with something, injury, fatigue. How do they determine what's legit and what's not?
Exactly.........they're not going to call a player a faker. That's why, I think all of this is a smoke screen to satisfy tournament officials.



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