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ATP chief to players: show the fans some respect

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ATP chief to players: show the fans some respect
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) -ATP chairman Etienne de Villiers has an edict for his elite tennis players: start treating fans with more respect.

In the past week, seven players withdrew from the Sydney International. The most controversial was Russian player Nikolay Davydenko, who was later fined $10,000 for saying that it was a ``small tournament'' that ``nobody cares about.''

De Villiers said he was concerned that 383 players withdrew from men's tournaments last year.

``I'm saying, 'Let's make it a commitment guys','' de Villiers said Sunday in an interview with The Associated Press. ``It's not a reservation or an option. Let's not defraud the fans.

``If you go see U2 at a concert, and at every single concert, one of the band decided not to play, how long would it take you to get teed off?'' said de Villiers. ``If The Edge didn't play, or Bono wasn't there, it would be unthinkable. I tell the players, 'that's what we are doing to our tour'.''

De Villiers said the ATP would also introduce more stringent rules on players pulling out of tournaments ahead of the start, giving players just one ``free'' withdrawal per year before a range of fines or other sanctions take place.

He admitted it was difficult to judge the degree of players' injuries when they pull out during a tournament or in a match.

No. 2-ranked Rafael Nadal pulled out of the Sydney tournament with a groin strain, saying he didn't want to risk his participation in the Australian Open beginning Monday. Dmitry Tursunov and Paradorn Srichaphan also withdrew during the tournament.

De Villiers said he could not be the arbiter of how serious a player's injury was.

``I don't really want to make that judgment call with an athlete that continues to play when they really are carrying an injury,'' he said.

De Villiers reiterated the ATP's need to fine Davydenko heavily.

``He was disrespectful to the game,'' de Villiers said. ``It's hard enough to get fans to come and enjoy this, and it's a lot worse when your own professionals are trashing tournaments. We put a lot of money and spend a lot of time and effort to get the best tournaments we can possibly have, and someone casually trashes it.''

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``I'm saying, 'Let's make it a commitment guys','' de Villiers said Sunday in an interview with The Associated Press. ``It's not a reservation or an option. Let's not defraud the fans.
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Should fine yourself for 10k, you jagoff, especially right after you fine the most commited top 50 players and then vomit out this crap.
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I must have a bad memory but when did Mr Disney show us respect?

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he's right on this one.

everyone will say he is wrong. since everyone hates him, but he's right, like it or not.

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If a player (such as Nadal) doesnt retire from his match against Guccione, and loses in a 3rd set tiebreaker or watever, he is injured and must pull out of the AO. Wouldnt it make more sense to him to have him pull out of Sydney for the big bucks of AO ticket sales? since we all know that cash is Disney's main objective

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Should fine yourself for 10k, you jagoff, especially right after you fine the most commited top 50 players and then vomit out this crap.
exactly. Kolya plays every week, and he pulls out once and this clown jumps on him

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he's right on this one.

everyone will say he is wrong. since everyone hates him, but he's right, like it or not.
I agree with him as well. That means I agree with you. Oh oh

BTW does anyone know if a player gets their appearance fee if they show up but then retire?

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I agree with him too.

That doesn't mean I condone other things he's doing though. I think he needs to show the fans some respect too
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BTW does anyone know if a player gets their appearance fee if they show up but then retire?
they often have to do Pro AMs and stuff to get the appearance fee

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they often have to do Pro AMs and stuff to get the appearance fee
Thanks for that.

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If the fans who attend tournaments are anything like some of the people who post here on MTF, believe me those fans don't deserve any respect.

Although wrong, I wouldn't mind if one of the players one day jumped in the crowd and beat the shit out of an annoying fan. It's just ridiculous some of the shit that goes on during matches.
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If the fans who attend tournaments are anything like some of the people who post here on MTF, believe me those fans don't deserve any respect.

Although wrong, I wouldn't mind if one of the players one day jumped in the crowd and beat the shit out of an annoying fan. It's just ridiculous some of the shit that goes on during matches.


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If the fans who attend tournaments are anything like some of the people who post here on MTF, believe me those fans don't deserve any respect.

Although wrong, I wouldn't mind if one of the players one day jumped in the crowd and beat the shit out of an annoying fan. It's just ridiculous some of the shit that goes on during matches.
I think on the whole most fans are very respectful at the matches I have been at.

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The basic message is laudable enough, but he's still simplifying the issue of withdrawals by placing all the blame on the players, and the U2 analogy seems dubious to me, no matter how much he wants to view tennis as an entertainment business.

383 is a remarkable number, that must be an average of over 3 players per tournament.

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There HAS to be a comprimise, I'd think. He does have a point...meaning that there are some tournaments (bercy for men and montreal for ladies this year) where the player participation was nothing short of criminal.

On the other hand, if you make a stupid ass rule about pulling out of tournaments, players will just tank their first round match. And then what? Fine them for losing? It's a slippery slope...but I don't know what the answer is.
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