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If there's ever a Commissioner of Tennis, who would be the best choice & why?

Devotee
03-11-2005, 02:02 PM
your ideas . . .

TheMightyFed
03-11-2005, 02:12 PM
Mansour Bharami, just to have fun...

Angle Queen
03-11-2005, 02:19 PM
Todd Martin

Well respected and has already served as a player rep so I'm sure he understands the many of the issues confronting players and promotors/sponsors. I think he'd need to get away from the game a bit...but I think he'd do fine.

TheMightyFed
03-11-2005, 02:30 PM
Pete Sampras... just because he must be SO bored these days. Would be a great PR for the sport, but I guess he's far frome being a politician, and this tennis organisation, between ITF, ATP, GS, MS, Olympics, must be a nightmare to coordinate...

Maxpowers
03-11-2005, 04:10 PM
Todd Martin

Well respected and has already served as a player rep so I'm sure he understands the many of the issues confronting players and promotors/sponsors. I think he'd need to get away from the game a bit...but I think he'd do fine.

I agree. He already has the respect of the players and most parties involved with the sport. He was the president of the atp players concil so he'd make a good commissioner.

ftd999
03-11-2005, 04:16 PM
Todd Martin

Well respected and has already served as a player rep so I'm sure he understands the many of the issues confronting players and promotors/sponsors. I think he'd need to get away from the game a bit...but I think he'd do fine.

How about a joint commisionership between John McEnroe and Todd Martin?

John because of his obvious passion for the game as well as numerous creative ideas and Todd because of his level headedness and the reasons you mentioned above.

Todd would be kind of a check on Mac so he doesn't reinstitute wooden rackets or something like that :p They would have to both agree before an idea could move forward.

BiancaUL
03-11-2005, 04:18 PM
That kinda sounds like they'd probably never move an idea forward then. :p

boliviana
03-11-2005, 04:30 PM
somebody like Arthur Ashe . . . statesmanlike, smart, accomplished . . . would be really good if not an american . . . too global a sport for that.

adeegee
03-11-2005, 04:45 PM
Probably Mr Timothy Henman.

Well spoken and good mannered, but has a decent sense of humour. Well respected and is probably more knowledgable than most.

Winston's Human
03-11-2005, 05:13 PM
somebody like Arthur Ashe . . . statesmanlike, smart, accomplished . . . would be really good if not an american . . . too global a sport for that.

I agree.

How about Stefan Edberg?

RonE
03-11-2005, 05:42 PM
I say we nominate Andy Roddick and get rid of all the clay events :p

Saumon
03-11-2005, 05:45 PM
I say we nominate Andy Roddick and get rid of all the clay events :p
or Marat: bye bye Wimbledon :wavey:

:tape:

CooCooCachoo
03-11-2005, 05:48 PM
Vince Spadea :rocker2: :tape:

Devotee
03-11-2005, 05:58 PM
I agree.

How about Stefan Edberg?


Edberg is too shy.

maratski
03-11-2005, 08:18 PM
me, shirtless tennis AND a change in the schedule. :)

Coleburg83
03-11-2005, 08:21 PM
Someone who's blunt, honest, calls the media on their bs and gets stuff done.

Too bad John Bolton is taken.

boliviana
03-11-2005, 08:40 PM
What about Mats Wilander?? Todd Martin really would be quite good at something like this . . . everybody loves him and he has such adoration for the game and he is so smart. I always loved watching him play. And even with his impeccable manners, he got his point across and was vocal if things weren't to his liking.

Thinking about it, we are being kind of sexist no? what about Chris Evert? Martina? Steffi wouldn't do it . . .

Maxpowers
03-11-2005, 09:14 PM
What about Mats Wilander?? Todd Martin really would be quite good at something like this . . . everybody loves him and he has such adoration for the game and he is so smart. I always loved watching him play. And even with his impeccable manners, he got his point across and was vocal if things weren't to his liking.

Thinking about it, we are being kind of sexist no? what about Chris Evert? Martina? Steffi wouldn't do it . . .

Mats Wilander seems very intelligent off the court and would probably do a good job. I'd say Edberg too except that I don't think he'd want to do it and he's too shy.

Todd Martin just seems like he's made for something like this.

Action Jackson
03-12-2005, 02:34 AM
Thomas Muster, Andrei Medvedev or Mats Wilander.

tennischick
03-12-2005, 02:37 AM
Johnny Mac. he needs the money and the attention/prestige. ;)

tennischick
03-12-2005, 02:38 AM
Mats Wilander.
he was like a cold-fish throughout the Davis Cup matches. if he cheered on his guys once i blinked and missed the moment. we need someone more lively in charge of tennis.

jole
03-12-2005, 02:39 AM
A trifecta consisting of Carsten Arriens, Daniel Koellerer, and Jeff Tarango.

Action Jackson
03-12-2005, 02:41 AM
he was like a cold-fish throughout the Davis Cup matches. if he cheered on his guys once i blinked and missed the moment. we need someone more lively in charge of tennis.

Well you mustn't have watched the DC tie against France then? There are many people on this board who were there, who could easily disprove that theory.

The tie against Australia, well you didn't see that did you. I am sorry someone acting like McEnroe isn't interesting.

Whoever said if this idea came through that the commissioner shouldn't be American is right? The reason look at that dickhead Mark Miles that says it all.

Action Jackson
03-12-2005, 02:42 AM
A committee of Horst Skoff, Fernando Meligieni, Jeff Tarango and Andrew Ilie

jole
03-12-2005, 02:46 AM
The great Ilie, finesse master second only to Gordo. I guess some people might actually want him as a commish if he encourages ripping ones shirt off.

http://estaticos.elmundo.es/elmundodeporte/especiales/2002/01/australia/imagenesalbums/Andrew%20Ille.jpg

Ole.

tennis4eva
03-12-2005, 02:47 AM
Andre when he retires

tennischick
03-12-2005, 02:52 AM
Well you mustn't have watched the DC tie against France then? There are many people on this board who were there, who could easily disprove that theory..
i wasn't there but i have it on tape and have watched the Tennis Channel replays of the matches (up to tonight). and Mats was like a flipping cold fish. he just sat there for the most part while Forget was all over his guys pumping them up and acting as if he believed in them.

Action Jackson
03-12-2005, 02:55 AM
i wasn't there but i have it on tape and have watched the Tennis Channel replays of the matches (up to tonight). and Mats was like a flipping cold fish. he just sat there for the most part while Forget was all over his guys pumping them up and acting as if he believed in them.

If you actually knew a bit about Swedish culture, it's not a general trait to jump around and be aminated. :)

There are different ways of expressing yourself, but you knew this already.

tennischick
03-12-2005, 03:01 AM
If you actually knew a bit about Swedish culture, it's not a general trait to jump around and be aminated. :)

There are different ways of expressing yourself, but you knew this already.
now you've changed the point. :wavey:

tennischick
03-12-2005, 03:03 AM
Well you mustn't have watched the DC tie against France then? There are many people on this board who were there, who could easily disprove that theory.

this is what you initially said. it was wrong. :wavey:

Action Jackson
03-12-2005, 03:07 AM
now you've changed the point. :wavey:

You are the one going on that he was a cold fish, so I was just pointing out some things that might give that impression. This does not mean I said it was true.

Action Jackson
03-12-2005, 03:09 AM
this is what you initially said. it was wrong. :wavey:

Ahem! you answered the initial question saying you were there and the answer was no. This means you were not there, and as you are intelligent enough to know that there are major differences from watching something on TV and being there live.

This being the case you can't say clearly either way, that he's a cold fish. When one this is not the case and two gesticulating like Forget is not the Swedish way of doing things.

tennischick
03-12-2005, 03:12 AM
like i said ----> :wavey:

Action Jackson
03-12-2005, 03:16 AM
Aww spoil my fun TC.

Smankyou
03-12-2005, 03:43 AM
If you actually knew a bit about Swedish culture, it's not a general trait to jump around and be aminated. :)
So how do you explain the Swedish supporters at the AO? Oh wait, it just occurred to me. Beer.

Action Jackson
03-12-2005, 03:51 AM
So how do you explain the Swedish supporters at the AO? Oh wait, it just occurred to me. Beer.

Yes, you knew the answer.

Devotee
03-12-2005, 02:06 PM
Thomas Muster, Andrei Medvedev or Mats Wilander.

What qualities does Medvedev have that would make him a good choice?

*Ljubica*
03-12-2005, 02:10 PM
Max Mirnyi - he's multi-lingual, well travelled, fairly cosmopolitan - a devoted family man, and has already done work at home in Belarus for children with AIDS as well as other charity work, so he is no stranger to public speaking, mixing with politicians etc.

Plastic Bertrand
03-13-2005, 01:09 AM
he was like a cold-fish throughout the Davis Cup matches. if he cheered on his guys once i blinked and missed the moment. we need someone more lively in charge of tennis.

When was how someone conducted themselves in Davis Cup an essential part of the selection criteria for doing this job.

Anyone if this job was ever available should be someone in the background and not a publicity hound.

Socket
03-13-2005, 01:24 AM
If you look at commissioners in other sports, you'll see that they're usually people with strong business backgrounds, rather than former players. The tours don't need a commissioner who is better at deciding which string tension to use than at deciding on sponsorship or television deals. Tennis needs a high profile, retired CEO who loves tennis and who is willing to put up with a lot of crap.

tennischick
03-13-2005, 01:29 AM
When was how someone conducted themselves in Davis Cup an essential part of the selection criteria for doing this job.

Anyone if this job was ever available should be someone in the background and not a publicity hound.
anyone reading you and GWH would swear i was Patty Smith and would take offense at attacks on John :cuckoo:

willie
03-13-2005, 01:33 AM
Guillermo Vilas

Action Jackson
03-13-2005, 03:10 AM
anyone reading you and GWH would swear i was Patty Smith and would take offense at attacks on John :cuckoo:

:haha: :haha: :haha: