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Ljubicic explains the structure of the ATP in Mondays Blog

Horatio Caine
10-14-2007, 04:50 PM
"This week is obviously very important for all the players in contention for Tennis Masters Cup. One reason I'm hoping to make it is to see how I look as a terracotta warrior. In Montreal a lot of players in contention had their measurements taken. The woman doing the measurements said that my head had a very interesting shape and that she would like to do it for me. I guess you have to take that as a compliment :) Being bald, I have nothing to hide." :haha:

Full blog:
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/blog/ljubicic.asp

ASP0315
10-14-2007, 04:59 PM
:lol:

Jaap
10-14-2007, 05:01 PM
Why did they have this mug doing the blog? He will only write 3 entries as he will be going home on Tuesday.

KitinovRules
10-14-2007, 05:03 PM
Why did they have this mug doing the blog? He will only write 3 entries as he will be going home on Tuesday.

This is so nasty.......

ASP0315
10-14-2007, 05:06 PM
Why did they have this mug doing the blog? He will only write 3 entries as he will be going home on Tuesday.

:haha:

El Legenda
10-14-2007, 05:06 PM
Why did they have this mug doing the blog? He will only write 3 entries as he will be going home on Tuesday.

:awww: sounds like someone lost money on Friday :sad:

adee-gee
10-14-2007, 05:07 PM
Why did they have this mug doing the blog? He will only write 3 entries as he will be going home on Tuesday.

:haha:

JustJames
10-14-2007, 05:12 PM
I've never liked watching him play tennis.. But what a nice bloke! I read his blog last year and his was definitely one of the better ones. I hope he has a good run here to keep it going as long as possible :yeah:

Metis
10-14-2007, 05:14 PM
"This week is obviously very important for all the players in contention for Tennis Masters Cup. One reason I'm hoping to make it is to see how I look as a terracotta warrior. In Montreal a lot of players in contention had their measurements taken. The woman doing the measurements said that my head had a very interesting shape and that she would like to do it for me. I guess you have to take that as a compliment :) Being bald, I have nothing to hide." :haha:


:lol: The woman is probably hoping Ivan will make it, since she'll have less work to do for his head :p .

I hope his health gets better before his 1st match...

Alonsofz
10-14-2007, 05:17 PM
:haha:

Stgobaiano
10-14-2007, 05:24 PM
Why did they have this mug doing the blog? He will only write 3 entries as he will be going home on Tuesday.

:worship:

Rafa = Fed Killa
10-14-2007, 08:24 PM
Why did they have this mug doing the blog? He will only write 3 entries as he will be going home on Tuesday.

:worship:

Pure gold.

Allure
10-14-2007, 08:44 PM
Why did they have this mug doing the blog? He will only write 3 entries as he will be going home on Tuesday.

:lol:

Horatio Caine
10-14-2007, 08:52 PM
Why did they have this mug doing the blog? He will only write 3 entries as he will be going home on Tuesday.

:spit: :haha:

Bilbo
10-14-2007, 08:57 PM
short living for the bald one

thanks for taking the flight to madrid and taking your time to write the blog, ljubo :haha:

ChinoRios4Ever
10-14-2007, 09:11 PM
:haha: all ljubo's threads are a must watch in this forum

BalkanBoy
10-14-2007, 09:18 PM
Haha that's funny

Dimonator133
10-15-2007, 09:03 PM
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/blog/ljubicic.asp

Horatio Caine
10-15-2007, 09:05 PM
No new entry from Ivan today. :awww:

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 01:35 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/blog/ljubicic.asp


Hello everyone,

Today I have a picture from a sponsor's visit, taken in the Mutua Madrilena lounge. I also visited the lounges of Rolex, Air Europe and Telefonica. It's something players do on a regular basis at tournaments.

Last night we had the player party but if you want to know the highlights you'll have to ask someone else. Because I'd been sick in recent days I only stayed about 30 minutes with my coach Riccardo and my fitness coach Salvador. I just chatted with Zimonjic and Nestor for 15 minutes and had some food, which was very good. I saw a lot of beautiful young people, but not so many players. I think I went too early. Here is Spain they don't even open the restaurants until 9 or 9.30.

It's somewhat strange playing an indoor tournament when the weather outside is so nice It's been 25 or 26 Celsius. Often when we play indoor events we walk outside and it's below freezing.

I'd like to use the blog today to explain to everyone about the structure of the ATP, which is an association owned 50/50 by the players and tournaments. We have an Executive Chairman and President Etienne de Villiers and six board members: three player representatives and three tournament representatives. The six board members vote to make decisions and if they are divided then the Chairman can come in and make the decision.

I'm going to focus today on the three player board reps., who represent the following regions: Europe (Jacco Eltingh), the Americas (Perry Rogers) and the International Region (Iggy Jovanovic). The player reps. are chosen by the 10 players on the ATP Player Council, who themselves are elected by all the players.

The Player Council advises the board reps., passing along the ideas and feelings of the players, but the board reps. still can vote against our wishes if they think it is in the best interests of the sport.

The big issue the board and Player Council have been dealing with recently has been the 2009 calendar and all the changes that are coming. We've got a new premier category of 1000s tournaments, with those eight events replacing the current nine-tournament ATP Masters Series. Then we have the 500s and the 250s.

If you win a '1000s' event you will earn 1000 points. Win a '500s' event and you win 500 points. Grand Slams will be worth 2000 points to the winner. With fewer categories of tournaments, hopefully fans will find the system easier to follow.

Beginning in 2009, players will have to play all eight 1000s, and no fewer than four of the 11 500s. So you'll see very strong fields and guys who want to boost their rankings will want to play even more than the four 500s.

The ITF, which is another federation which controls national federations and which the Grand Slams are members of, is helping us with the Davis Cup schedule. We've been trying to schedule the Davis Cup in better weeks that make it easier for the players to play, so you don't have a situation where you are playing in Europe one week and then flying across the world to play Davis Cup in Chile the following week. And in another change it looks like we'll earn points for winning Davis Cup matches.

The last 15 years nothing has really changed and the time has come to make meaningful improvements. I believe we are doing that with the 2009 calendar, and the longer-term calendar which we are planning through 2013.

So serving on the Player Council is an important and rewarding job. We don't have a lot of free time and it takes a lot of energy to talk with all the players to see what they think. I'm now in my third term on the Player Council and it's a great honor to serve as President. It shows that players believe in my ability to fill the role.

I have another day off before playing my first match against Stefan Koubek on Wednesday. Check back for another post tomorrow.

Regard, Ivan

Henry Chinaski
10-16-2007, 02:09 AM
very clear and concise description. wp ljubo.

am surprised by the davis cup ranking points thing though. thought that shit idea had been shelved.

tangerine_dream
10-16-2007, 02:39 AM
http://www.atptennis.com/1/en/blog/ljubicic.asp

I hope you don't plan on creating a new thread for every one of Ivan's boring blog entries, Jerry. :zzz:

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 02:40 AM
I hope you don't plan on creating a new thread for every one of Ivan's boring blog entries, Jerry. :zzz:

:ras: did i do one for Sunday? i think not. :rolleyes:

Johnny Groove
10-16-2007, 02:45 AM
Nice to see Ljubo getting all his info into his first entry. Even he knows he wont be here long

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 02:46 AM
Nice to see Ljubo getting all his info into his first entry. Even he knows he wont be here long

kind of like you to start the 2008 season :haha: the BET is all but won ;)

*Viva Chile*
10-16-2007, 02:48 AM
Interesting entry Ljubo :yeah:

Johnny Groove
10-16-2007, 02:52 AM
kind of like you to start the 2008 season :haha: the BET is all but won ;)

Canas is a full 2 POINTS behind Ljubo. Dont seal up the bet yet, bro ;)

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 02:54 AM
Canas is a full 2 POINTS behind Ljubo. Dont seal up the bet yet, bro ;)

Canas has Fed in 3rd, Ljubo in QF...all but done.

Johnny Groove
10-16-2007, 03:02 AM
Canas has Fed in 3rd, Ljubo in QF...all but done.

Ljubo cant even win Vienna, what makes you think hes making it to the QF?

And Canas can beat Federer, we've seen it before.........TWICE :p

Deboogle!.
10-16-2007, 03:02 AM
It's interesting, but a little disconcerting because it sounds like he agrees with some of those crazy changes....

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 03:03 AM
Ljubo cant even win Vienna, what makes you think hes making it to the QF?

And Canas can beat Federer, we've seen it before.........TWICE :p

He just came off a surgery ;)

Canas wont win a set, if he even makes it to Fed.

jayjay
10-16-2007, 03:03 AM
:ras: did i do one for Sunday? i think not. :rolleyes:

Were you in a coma on sunday? :shrug:

Johnny Groove
10-16-2007, 03:04 AM
He just came off a surgery ;)

Canas wont win a set, if he even makes it to Fed.

Excuses :zzz: :zzz:

We're just gonna have to wait and see :p

How those Rams doing btw? :rolls:

tangerine_dream
10-16-2007, 03:06 AM
It's interesting, but a little disconcerting because it sounds like he agrees with some of those crazy changes....
He just came off a surgery ;)
LOL. I thought Jerry's comment was in response to Deb's post. :lol:

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 03:07 AM
Excuses :zzz: :zzz:

We're just gonna have to wait and see :p

How those Rams doing btw? :rolls:

How, how does any team do when 5 starting O-lineman are out for the season. when the RB is out with injury and QB out with broken ribs?

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 03:08 AM
Were you in a coma on sunday? :shrug:
No, i was out on date with your mother.

Johnny Groove
10-16-2007, 03:08 AM
How, how does any team do when 5 starting O-lineman are out for the season. when the RB is out with injury and QB out with broken ribs?

Once again, excuses :zzz: :zzz:

but i really shouldnt be talking, with how well my Dolphins are doing :help: :lol:

jayjay
10-16-2007, 03:08 AM
How, how does any team do when 5 starting O-lineman are out for the season. when the RB is out with injury and QB out with broken ribs?

Cry me a river. It's a shame you pussied out of Fantasy NFL, you'd have the same record as the Rams.

jayjay
10-16-2007, 03:09 AM
No, i was out on date with your mother.

My mother is dead. Where did you go, hell?

Johnny Groove
10-16-2007, 03:10 AM
Cry me a river. It's a shame you pussied out of Fantasy NFL, you'd have the same record as the Rams.

speaking of that, did you win this past week? i squeaked by Seth, now im 3-3, getting the season back on track :)

jayjay
10-16-2007, 03:11 AM
speaking of that, did you win this past week? i squeaked by Seth, now im 3-3, getting the season back on track :)

I had a bye this week, I was playing BG. :)

I've won 4 straight just like the Giants. I'll see Flava in the final.

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 03:11 AM
Cry me a river. It's a shame you pussied out of Fantasy NFL, you'd have the same record as the Rams.

bad timing of the draft..i had something that came up

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 03:12 AM
My mother is dead. Where did you go, hell?

:p

jayjay
10-16-2007, 03:13 AM
bad timing of the draft..i had something that came up

Missing out on the draft because you got your first erection is pretty lame.

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 03:14 AM
Missing out on the draft because you got your first erection is pretty lame.

:yeah:

Johnny Groove
10-16-2007, 03:14 AM
I had a bye this week, I was playing BG. :)

I've won 4 straight just like the Giants. I'll see Flava in the final.

Keep thinking that ;)

El Legenda
10-16-2007, 03:18 AM
speaking of flava...where is he? homeless?

jayjay
10-16-2007, 03:18 AM
Keep thinking that ;)

It's going to be pretty difficult for anyone to beat me in the long run. Just look at who I can call on week after week for some guaranteed big ass points - Brady, Plax, Clark, Pats D...

I fucked up in the 1st week using Bulger instead of Brady, otherwise I'd be 5-1. I won't make that mistake again.

jayjay
10-16-2007, 03:19 AM
speaking of flava...where is he? homeless?

I was wondering where he got to also. He popped into the Fantasy NFL thread a few weeks back, but otherwise I haven't seen him around in ages. Then again I have not been around here as much myself in recent times.

Johnny Groove
10-16-2007, 03:21 AM
Flave is 4-1 right?

jayjay
10-16-2007, 03:23 AM
Flave is 4-1 right?

I think he'll be 5-1 after tonight.

Then myself and Albop (or should I say, ESPN) are 4-2.

The rest of you at 3-3, 2-4.

And can't remember who, but someone is 1-5. :lol:

Deboogle!.
10-16-2007, 04:02 AM
LOL. I thought Jerry's comment was in response to Deb's post. :lol:Nah, my vain attempt to actually discuss the substance of the blog entry was far outweighed :p

Merton
10-16-2007, 04:07 AM
The executive structure at the ATP board certainly encourages coalitions and negotiations since the player representatives cannot enforce any decision by themselves and the same goes (on paper) for the TD representatives.

This could be good or bad depending on circumstances but for the purpose of firing Mr. Disney is bad since it is hard to see where the majority coalition would come from.

Merton
10-16-2007, 04:11 AM
Deb, I am also surprised at the endorsement Ljubicic is giving to the 2009 plans, it is hard to see why the mandatory participation will make such a change and whether it will be (really) enforced. Yes, there have been no real changes in the past 15 years but these look like changes for the worst. The problem of the calendar is not really attended.

RickDaStick
10-16-2007, 04:43 PM
Canas is a full 2 POINTS behind Ljubo. Dont seal up the bet yet, bro ;)

What are you talking about man? You must of missed some math classes in your young life. Ljubo 314 Canas 280
so 314
-280
--------
34 not 2

Horatio Caine
10-16-2007, 05:01 PM
Nice to see Ljubo getting all his info into his first entry. Even he knows he wont be here long

:spit: :haha:

RickDaStick
10-17-2007, 12:22 AM
In the new blog, Ivan mentioned the overall reaction from players about the new atp calender is good. Huge difference from the MTF crowd.

Apemant
10-17-2007, 12:34 AM
What are you talking about man? You must of missed some math classes in your young life. Ljubo 314 Canas 280
so 314
-280
--------
34 not 2

He means entry list, where Canas is indeed just 2 points behind.

His entry ranking counts some challenger wins from 2006, which don't count for the race.

scoobs
10-17-2007, 12:36 AM
Hmm.

Well I guess if you can't be interesting, the least you can do is be informative.

RickDaStick
10-17-2007, 12:37 AM
He means entry list, where Canas is indeed just 2 points behind.

His entry ranking counts some challenger wins from 2006, which don't count for the race.

Ljubo is 27 points ahead right now and will be more after Madrid :wavey: