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Mattress Mac calls ATP boss worthless! (long article)

darnyelb
05-31-2004, 05:45 PM
Mack lashes out at ATP boss
McIngvale calles Miles ‘worthless’ as dispute brews

Dale Robertson
Houston Chronicle

An announcement from Paris is imminent: The ATP’s Masters Cup will be moving to Shanghai in 2005 after two years in Houston.

Two stormy years, it must be said – and we still have six months to go before the ATP’s boss, Mark Miles, and Westside Tennis Club owner Jim McIngvale finalize what’s certain to become an increasingly acrimonious divorce.

Oil and water, these two.

“I don’t mind telling the truth about the guy – he’s worthless,” McIngvale said. “Mark Miles has done nothing for tennis. All he wants to do is propagate his $700,000 a year salary and keep flying first-class tickets all over the world. I don’t think he’s good for the game at all.”

To date, Miles has offered no publicly spoken rebuttals. Asked how tense things might be between the ATP’s chief executive and the plain-spoken Westside Tennis Club host come November, Mattress Mac chortled.

“We had no relations last year so it couldn’t be any worse,” McIngvale said. “The guy never called me, not one time all year until he showed up. Then all he wanted to do was whine about how we hadn’t spent enough money to entertain their clients.”

“Sure, Mercedes spends a lot of money, but it all goes to the ATP. Maybe our hospitality wasn’t up to the level it was the year before (in Shanghai), but I don’t have quite as much money as the Chinese government does.”

McIngvale calls the ATP “a terrible partner, absolutely terrible,” saying it offered him no help in rounding up sponsors for the eight-man tournament, the rights for which cost Mack roughly $7 million to land. That’s in addition to the $10 million he spent on the Gallery Furtniture Stadium that one prominent player, Roger Federer, didn’t deem worthy of hosting the year-end championship event.

Mack got in Federer’s face, then antagonized the current world No. 1 further by orchestrating overt partisan support for Andre Agassi in their ensuing match. But they later spoke and, according to McIngvale, settled their differences.

Although ticket sales generated sufficient income, the sponsorship shortfall was about $1.5 million. McIngvale expects “to do a little better” this year.

Mack is angry at men’s tennis but not disillusioned about his commitment to it. He’ll continue to host the U.S. Clay Court Championships, owned by the United States Tennis Association, and try “to grow the game” – his way.

“As down as I am on the ATP,” he said, “I like the USTA, and I think they’re doing the right things, good things for tennis. We’re just going on a handshake on that deal. We’re very close to the USTA. And the people who work for the ATP, the worker bees, are good people. The players are good kids, too. It’s a great product. But tennis has been left in the hinterlands by golf. We’ve got to do a better job, like golf does, like the NBA does.

“Tennis just has to get more fan friendly. The people running the ATP right now don’t have any idea how to do that. Taking (the Masters Cup) to China is a mistake, as far as the U.S. tennis market goes. How many people are going to be watching at 3 o’clock in the morning?”

Contending “it’s more fun to own racehorses than to own a racetrack,” McIngvale intends to build a significant stable of touring pros who represent Westside on the tour.

“Hopefully 10 years from now, the French won’t be kicking red dirt in our faces anymore like they did this week,” McIngvale said, referring to the poor performances at Roland Garros by the American men.

Official word that Shanghai’s new indoor sports area will host the Cup for three years after it leaves Houston is expected at the French Open this week. The Chinese are said to be paying $20 million for the privilege.

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My assessment: Jimmy still doesn't understand that tennis is a GLOBAL sport.

Shy
05-31-2004, 05:48 PM
My assessment: Jimmy still doesn't understand that tennis is a GLOBAL sport.
He doesn't know what Global mean.

argiesf
05-31-2004, 06:11 PM
Why is Mattress opening his mouth now and not before? OUCH!! Maybe coz it hurts his pocket. Poor Cowboy Mattress.... :haha:

Leo
05-31-2004, 06:15 PM
He's digging his own tournament's grave. I doubt the ATP will ever want to hold the TMC event in Houston again after these comments by Mac... unless they're really financially desparate.

darnyelb
05-31-2004, 06:24 PM
He's digging his own tournament's grave. I doubt the ATP will ever want to hold the TMC event in Houston again after these comments by Mac... unless they're really financially desparate.

He seems so fixated on what's best for AMERICAN tennis. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but seems he wants to do it at the detriment of everyone else.

McIngvale could do great things for tennis, but I don't want it held hostage by him either.

lalaland
05-31-2004, 07:59 PM
McIngvale could do great things for tennis, but I don't want it held hostage by him either.

That's what he wants us to think that he's doing it all because of the love of the game. Somehow, I'm not convinced. Tennis is only good when it sells?
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McIngvale presses on with bid for Davis Cup final
By DALE ROBERTSON Copyright 2004 Houston Chronicle

Jim McIngvale might have lost this Davis Cup round to Charleston, S.C., but he's in no way conceding the next one.

"Vive la U.S. and vive la France," McIngvale said Tuesday after promising to "pull out all the stops" to land the Davis Cup championship for Houston on Dec. 3-5 if the United States is named a host country. That would happen with an American victory over Belarus in Charleston and a French win over Spain in the September semifinals.

U.S. captain Patrick McEnroe is expected to insist on an indoor venue for the final, but McIngvale suggested that's not a problem. He said he would attempt to broker a deal with the Toyota Center or Hofheinz Pavilion.

Or, thinking bigger, Reliant Stadium, where his objective would be the all-time attendance record for a tennis match.

"That's always been a dream of mine, to top that," the Gallery Furniture and Westside Tennis Club owner said of the 30,472 who watched Billie Jean King defeat Bobby Riggs in the Astrodome's "Battle of the Sexes" in 1973.

McIngvale insisted he bore no malice toward the U.S. Tennis Association for its decision to snub Westside and award the United States-Belarus tie on Sept. 24-26 to the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island near downtown Charleston, where the women's tour holds a tournament every spring. If anything, he sounded relieved.

"There wasn't a lot to sell with Belarus," McIngvale said. "And since I'm pretty sure the Astros will be in the postseason, those tickets might have been tough to move."

A USTA spokesperson said Charleston won out over Houston, Fort Worth, Atlanta, the Memphis suburb of Tunica, Miss., and Carson, Calif., because it "wanted to spread the wealth around."

"We love Mac and Linda (McIngvale's wife, who runs Westside), and we love Houston," said Randy Walker, the USTA's senior manager for professional tennis publicity. "But we've never been to South Carolina, and we like to (move) the event as much as possible as a promotional tool for our mission of promoting our programs and tennis in general."

Should the Americans and French advance, the championship will be decided on U.S. soil for the first time since 1992, when the United States defeated Switzerland in Fort Worth's Will Rogers Coliseum. The United States would have the home-court advantage because the countries' most recent meeting was in Paris in the 2002 semifinal won by France. Fort Worth has said it also will bid aggressively for the final.

A Spanish victory coupled with one by the United States would send the tie to Spain because the countries played in the United States two springs ago in the quarterfinal on the grass at Westside.

The semifinal against Belarus' two-man team of Max Mirnyi and Vladimir Voltchkov will be on a slow hardcourt that's to be constructed over a clay court, just as Westside does for the Masters Cup. It was decided such a surface would favor the top American player, Andy Roddick, and that Charleston's September climate is sufficiently steamy to wear on the short-handed Byelorussians.

"I'll be pulling for Andy and the boys," McIngvale said. "I'm not discouraged.
"I think it's fine they're going to Charleston. That's a good stadium. We looked at it before we built ours." Westside can still look forward to hosting its second Masters Cup in mid-November.

alfonsojose
06-01-2004, 02:22 AM
What does he want. Tennis players with hat cowboys ****** iraq soldiers before matches to entertain Bush family? Moron :mad:

tennisace
06-01-2004, 02:30 AM
The man's a disgrace.

Clara Bow
06-01-2004, 02:43 AM
He is the stereotypical "ugly American." Which saddens me because the vast majority of us are not like that at all.

FryslanBoppe
06-01-2004, 02:44 AM
Boorish and ignorant, thanks for the article, it's interesting to see how much gibberish one man is capable of.

Smankyou
06-01-2004, 02:46 AM
Awww... the rich little man didn't get his tennis tournament. Better go buy another jet.

He's just digging his own grave.

Chloe le Bopper
06-01-2004, 02:48 AM
He is the stereotypical "ugly American." Which saddens me because the vast majority of us are not like that at all.
I like to think that the vast majority of people know that, but sometimes I'm not so sure

PerezRoldan
06-01-2004, 02:53 AM
I like to think that the vast majority of people know that, but sometimes I'm not so sure

He doesn't help the image of American people and I think you give humans too much credit well on this issue anyway.

jbone_14
06-01-2004, 03:10 AM
So does that mean the TMC in Houston didn't do good, or what?? Did it do better in Shanghai. Darnmit, I was hoping Houston had a longer contract with the ATP about this tournament.

darnyelb
06-06-2004, 03:19 PM
So does that mean the TMC in Houston didn't do good, or what?? Did it do better in Shanghai. Darnmit, I was hoping Houston had a longer contract with the ATP about this tournament.

Houston, I think, didn't do that well. But aside from finances, the tournament lost prestige because of the tournament director's conduct.

I still can't believe the flack Roger's still getting for one minor critical comment.

michelleg
06-06-2004, 05:59 PM
I think Mattress Mac and Mark Miles have quite a bit in common: their exceptionally large egos and failure to properly comprehend the global nature of the sport of tennis.

Not only that, they both own/run companies/entities with terribly cheesy advertising campaigns.

G.O.
06-07-2004, 10:34 AM
He seems so fixated on what's best for AMERICAN tennis. Not that there's anything wrong with it, but seems he wants to do it at the detriment of everyone else.

McIngvale could do great things for tennis, but I don't want it held hostage by him either.

He does concentrate on US tennis, right or wrong US tennis needs support from people like this. US tennis is fading and Jim makes some valid points about TMC moving to China.

Jim and I see eye to eye when it comes to Miles. Miles is doing very little. The ATP is rejecting US tennis and embracing the Asian market. Sad for us fans in the US. I hope the ATP knows what their doing.

G.O.
06-07-2004, 10:48 AM
He is the stereotypical "ugly American." Which saddens me because the vast majority of us are not like that at all.


Ugly or not, he's done a lot for the game. Yes mainly in the US, but the world tennis climate is greatly influence by the strenght of tennis in America. So we need these "ugly Americans".

I Don't hate Jim like you guys do, but I don't like him.

I hope for the good of the game you all can put aside you hate for this man (who I thought was insignificant to you) and remember we need people like Jim to provide money and help promote this game. :rolleyes: