April 10, 2007
If the ATP, which governs the men’s tour, and the International Tennis Federation (ITF), which governs the four Grand Slam events, had become buddy-buddy over the last few years — even joint-sponsoring the year-ending Masters Cup — that love was lost this week when the ATP announced it would elevate its Masters Series events on its new 2009 calendar to the same ranking-points status as the Australian Open, Roland Garros, the French Open and the US Open.
Currently the Slam events receive double the points on the ATP-run rankings as the ATP’s Masters Series events. In March the ATP announced it was working with the ITF to elevate the ITF-run Davis Cup competition by offering ranking points for Davis Cup play. Now it appears ATP President Etienne de Villiers was merely throwing the ITF a bone ahead of what will be devastating news for the ITF, which holds the Grand Slam events far and above any “regular tour” events.
“The Masters 1000 events will be worth the same amount of points as the grand slams,” ATP spokesman Stephen Duckitt told The Age on Monday. “I haven’t heard anything as to what the reaction from the slams has been.”
April 12, 2007
"The ATP wishes to advise that reports circulating in some sections of the media reporting that from 2009 the Grand Slams will have the same points as ATP Masters events are completely incorrect. The ATP does intend to double the points scale for the Masters Events as part of its overall 2009 plan to best position and brand the ATP World Tour events. It will, however, double the points for a Grand Slam to maintain the current relationship between winners of a Slam and a Masters event
-the correct figures to be awarded from the year 2009 are 2000 points for the winner of a Grand Slam and 1000 for a Masters tournament champion.
"It is regrettable that this has occurred at a time when the relationship between the Slams and the ATP has never been closer or better," said ATP Chairman and President, Etienne de Villiers. "The ATP regards the Grand Slams as the pillars of the professional game and would not do anything to diminish their status."
P.S. Apologies for the late update.