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John McEnroe Snr. (father of John & Patrick) Has Applied to be ATP President

Veronique
08-24-2008, 09:18 PM
http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article4601844.ece

The Net Post: John McEnroe for President
John McEnroe senior fancies a stint as ATP chief, plus the end of )

Could Etienne de Villiers be under threat from John McEnroe senior?
Neil Harman

The Net Post is back after a three week hiatus in which time the tennis world has been blessed with remarkable stories. Rafael Nadal became the Olympic champion on top of his many wonders at Wimbledon and the French Open, Elena Dementieva won the women's gold medal for Russia and tossed away her bridesmaid's attire, Roger Federer jigged about like a demented man when he won doubles gold for Switzerland with Stanislas Wawrinka, Andy Murray won a Masters Series title in Cincinnati, his first. Maybe we should holiday more often.

And last but by no means least, Etienne De Villiers, the executive chairman and president of the ATP decided to stand down from his twin posts, just when he looked to have positioned the men's governing body where he wanted it.De Villiers gave a farewell speech to the players at Flushing Meadows on Saturday which was brief and to the point, the reaction to his announcement was polite. No tears were shed, by all accounts.

And so who is next for the hottest seat in the sport? Might this be the time for the twin governing bodies of tennis, the ATP and the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour to seriously consider becoming one and promoting Larry Scott, the chief executive of the women's tour and a former ATP politico, to take command of both entities. It would be controversial but worth considering, even if the men may find it hard to swallow what might be construed as a takeover.

De Villiers, a former Disney executive (something certain players never allowed him to forget) is likely to find himself a plum job somewhere else in sport - my money is on a role in the vibrant but confused world that is international cricket - but will remain in his post until the end of the year so there is not a vacuum into which the new man/woman would have to step.

John McEnroe has not been slow in suggesting it is time for a Tennis Commissioner of tennis i.e. him along the lines of the US PGA golf tour, and John McEnroe, the Net Post learns, has applied for the ATP post. Not junior, but senior. The 73-year-old patriarch of the McEnroe clan - who used to carry in his suit pocket the British tabloid cuttings about his son he did not like and brandish them in the writers' face when they crossed paths - has let it be known that he would like to be considered for the role. He has written the following letter to administrators, agents and players, including Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, the No.1 and No.2 players in the world.

It reads....

Gentlemen: As you all probably know, I am the father of John, Mark (my "normal son," the lawyer) and Patrick McEnroe. I have met some of you at various tournaments, Davis Cup ties, etc.

To get promptly to the point, I am interested in succeeding Etienne de Villiers as Chairman of ATP Tour, Inc. I am strongly of the view that the best interests of men players, particularly the top ranked players, have been very badly served by Mr de Villiers, to put it mildly, and by his predecessors.

The rules for participation on the Tour are an abomination. My own view is that NO player should be required to play in ANY TOURNAMENT if he doesn't wish so to do. Also, as long as a player's ranking entitles him to entry, he should be able to enter any tournament without requiring a minimum of tournaments each year. This is a position I have held for over thirty years.

You are all too young to remember that, in the early 1980s, I represented the "quintessential quintet" (Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis, McEnroe (John) and Guillermo Vilas), in negotiations with the Men's International Professional Tennis Council ("MIPTC") over newly proposed rules. Those rules included proposed "hard designations" by the MIPTC for the top hundred players on the ATP computer. You will not be surprised that the QQ were not happy with that proposal. We were able to negotiate an arrangement whereby the QQ and the Council agreed in advance what the "designations" would be.

I am aware that the Mercedes-Benz international sponsorship of the Tour ends at the end of this year and will not be renewed. As your new Chairman, it would be a major priority of mine zealously to work to find a new sponsor. Also, I would work diligently to find opportunities to monetize various aspects of the Tour in order to ensure its financial foundation is solid.

Additionally, I have represented John and Patrick in connection with all of their legal needs. This includes all of their broadcasting contracts with BBC, NBC, CBS, ESPN, Tennis Channel and Australia's Channel 7, agreements with respect to special events, endorsement agreements with Nike, Dunlop, Wilson, Snauwert, Sergio Tacchini, etc., not to mention a myriad of endorsements for companies not directly involved with tennis, book contracts and so on. I know and have interfaced with all the constituencies in professional tennis for many years.

Finally, I am currently Of Counsel to the internationally recognized law firm, Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton and Garrison LLP, where I practiced commercial law since 1967. From 1974 through 2000, I was a partner in the Corporate Department.

I would be most pleased to meet in person at a convenient time and venue (the US Open site?) with any or all of you, your agents and anyone else you deem appropriate. Please feel free to call or e-mail me with any questions, comments or suggestions you may have. Thank you all in advance for your consideration of this proposal.

Sincerely,

John P. McEnroe

For what it's worth, the Net Post thinks it is all rather a marvellous idea. And, after all, the leader of the free world may be about to elect as a President someone McEnroe's age.

Smoke944
08-24-2008, 09:27 PM
Interesting.

Veronique
08-24-2008, 09:28 PM
I dare believe he would have players' interest at heart, being a tennis dad and all.

StevoTG
08-24-2008, 09:36 PM
I dare believe he would have players' interest at heart, being a tennis dad and all.

Yeah this is key for me, I wouldn't mind seeing John as president as I definitely believe the majority of his decisions would benefit the players.

JolánGagó
08-24-2008, 09:38 PM
You can't be serious.

Anyway...

Gentlemen: As you all probably know, I am the father of John, Mark (my "normal son," the lawyer) and Patrick McEnroe.

Since when a lawyer is a normal person? :rolleyes: :tape:

Geo
08-24-2008, 09:42 PM
Well, he knows the player's perspective since he had 2 pro sons, so if he gets it, he could be very popular. I wonder if he would be able to balance what the players want/need with what's best for business/what the fans want though?

The players blame ETV for being too business-minded, but it wouldn't be good for anyone if the next president didn't know anything about business.

Tommy_Vercetti
08-24-2008, 09:44 PM
I think he'd be as successful as he was as a television host.

Cloudygirl
08-24-2008, 09:51 PM
How old is John McEnroe's dad?

amierin
08-24-2008, 09:52 PM
As Bodo points out the biggest obstacle to JMac Sr taking the role is that he is American. It will take a lot to regain the trust of the European and South American players who were so alienated by ET.

The good news is he's not tied to the existing PTB and has worked for the players.

Black Adam
08-24-2008, 09:52 PM
Would be better than Mr Disney because he has actually played the sport and knows what it means.

amierin
08-24-2008, 09:52 PM
How old is John McEnroe's dad?

73.

bluefork
08-24-2008, 09:58 PM
I think he'd be as successful as he was as a television host.

I think you've got the wrong John McEnroe in mind. It's his dad.

MusicMyst
08-24-2008, 09:59 PM
He actually would likely be a good choice. Unlike his (older) son, he's quite an easy-going, gracious person. And he's well-respected.

cobalt60
08-24-2008, 10:49 PM
I like this idea; I understand he does have business sense so bringing that to the table along with player's needs and wants would be great. :yeah:

Or Levy
08-24-2008, 10:50 PM
I think he's more then able.

He knows the sport inside and out, the players would have his ear, he knows marketing and he's a commercial lawyer.

I don't know who else is more fitting. Maybe several years ago what the ATP needed was better marketing. Not today, they need to re-establish trust with the top players, and fix the mess with the TV broadcast rights.

case
08-24-2008, 11:26 PM
i think the idea stinks..
lets face it he messed up two out of three times with his kids...:retard:

the atp will probably have troubles ahead with so many economies sinking. i say offer free tickets to events, form national teams, offer free tv for all the events, cut the players winnings in half and MAKE them wear more advertising on their clothes (including benches, courts, nets)
which would help offset the loss of tv rights and player winnings.

As you might have guessed i am placing my resume in for consideration. I can be reached at 867-5309 for a good time

thank you for your time sincerely,
Jenny

the date the thunder from down under returns has been moved forward!!!!!!!:bounce:

the graduate
08-24-2008, 11:41 PM
he is too old and out of touch with modern tennis....just the idea of John and Patrick hovering over the ATP is troubling for any player and fans.e.g favourable draws for Roddick
The ATP will be reduced to a fraternity:mad:

Veronique
08-25-2008, 12:03 AM
Too funny how people comment on an article they haven't taken the time to read.

SheepleBuster
08-25-2008, 02:01 AM
This whole thing reminds of Chronicles of Riddick 2.

NicolasKiefer44
08-28-2008, 01:29 AM
Go Johnny Mac. I would vote for you.

SheepleBuster
08-28-2008, 01:37 AM
We don't need Johnny Mac. We need someone like David Stern

Deboogle!.
08-28-2008, 01:37 AM
Can the thread title or something be clarified? has John SENIOR applied, or Johnny Mac? People are confusing them in the thread....
As Bodo points out the biggest obstacle to JMac Sr taking the role is that he is American. It will take a lot to regain the trust of the European and South American players who were so alienated by ET.Huh? EDV is American? I thought he was South African....Since when a lawyer is a normal person? :rolleyes: :tape::rolleyes:

GlennMirnyi
08-28-2008, 01:49 AM
You can't be serious.

Anyway...



Since when a lawyer is a normal person? :rolleyes: :tape:

:haha:

Great stuff.

Vida
08-28-2008, 02:03 AM
I read the letter. Its Senior.

Hmmmmmm, not sure. On one hand, its cool to have an old school guy to bring sport back to its roots. I mean after all this Disney mambo-jumbo experiments, marketings, commercials and the rest, it seems like players have been left out somehow. Latest action concernigng changes in polayers council speak to that effect.

On the other hand, JMac SR (as much as Jr) seem like maverick kinda guys, willing to push their own for their own sake, but with good cause. Just an impression on my part, but giving total freedom over participating would seem like an overly loose option of the tour. Hell would break loose with tournies trying in all sorts of ways to bring top players into participating.

Could be though, that what he's talking about is just an extreme bargain position, that is to be changed towards something in the middle of interests involved.

fast_clay
08-28-2008, 02:05 AM
the activity has swung so far against and away from the players since the ATP's inception, that seeing Mac Snr in the chair would see it dramatically swing the other way with pretty much a click of the fingers... i wouldnt worry too much if i saw the big fella in the chair... but, if he is gonna listen to Mac Jnr and end up shortening the service box or some other fukt idea like JMac likes, well he can tell his story walking... :lol:

sad thing is, that the prestige that many tournaments had is now destroyed because of previous fuk ups and a general disresepct for the history and evolution of the game... there has been a total misunderstanding of where the game has come from by those at the top... a lot of the prestige these deceased or devalued tournaments had would have drawn a good roll up regardless of mandatories or not...

destroying mandatories is not a bad idea... i would say if he got it, he wouldnt be allowed to abolish mandatories altogther, but for sure, i could see mandatory tournies being reduced dramatically...

a healthy, balanced calendar with an understandable points structure will ensure the big guns come out more often than not... cos.. right now everyone can see that, hell, you gotta play a lot to be number one... and, i dont see too much wrong with the points balance right now actually...

ryan23
08-28-2008, 02:06 AM
They will never give it to him he is to opiniated- also look at his past the way he used to act on court

Deboogle!.
08-28-2008, 02:08 AM
They will never give it to him he is to opiniated- also look at his past the way he used to act on courtNot Johnny Mac, his father.

I'm gonna ask the mods to clarify the title to try to help end the confusion.

fast_clay
08-28-2008, 02:14 AM
We don't need Johnny Mac. We need someone like David Stern

we need Greg Norman... sure... the guy couldn't hole out a lead on a final day for sh!t.. but, he runs a decent ship... and is also banging chris evert which gives him street cred on tennis avenue...

Bernard Black
08-28-2008, 02:26 AM
we need Greg Norman... sure... the guy couldn't hole out a lead on a final day for sh!t.. but, he runs a decent ship... and is also banging chris evert which gives him street cred on tennis avenue...

The Shark for President! :lol:

Seriously though, I think McEnroe would do a good job. As people have said, he's more likely to act in the players' best interests and also have some respect for the tradition of the game. Please, no more round robin!

HNCS
08-28-2008, 02:37 AM
You CANNOT be serious.

woah what a development. though i guess Jmac snr. will do a better job than Mr. Disney.

this is infinitely amusing and interesting.

Fee
08-28-2008, 04:36 AM
I think he'd be as successful as he was as a television host.

John McEnroe Sr was never a TV show host.

How old is John McEnroe's dad?

He is the age stated in the article in the first post.

They will never give it to him he is to opiniated- also look at his past the way he used to act on court

How did John McEnroe Sr act on court?


I'm gonna ask the mods to clarify the title to try to help end the confusion.

Please do.

As for JOHN MCENROE SENIOR becoming the new ATP Chair/President whatever, I have mixed emotions about this. I don't want him to stop forwarding bad internet jokes to my email everyday :sad: but he would definitely bring a player friendly perspective to the tour that it desperately needs. Also, he would definitely be able to stand up to the tournament directors/owners.

On the other hand, I'm not at all sure about doing away with mandatory events completely. That might create a free market bidding process for the top 20 that would end up abandoning the other players. Also, it would surely fracture the tour as players are paid more to play close to home where they are bigger draws. John Sr has never missed a DC tie that his sons were involved in, but as the ATP chair it would be inappropriate for him to continue to attend those events. Wonder how he would feel about that.

Either way, I'm sending him my resume. He'll need a kick ass scheduler if he gets the job. ;)

Toko
08-28-2008, 04:57 AM
Either way, I'm sending him my resume. He'll need a kick ass scheduler if he gets the job. ;)

Good luck:)

Fee
08-28-2008, 05:04 AM
Good luck:)

Thanks. I was mostly kidding. Don't even know where his office would be and if I would be willing to move there. But hey, you never know. :lol:

Aurora
08-28-2008, 01:23 PM
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/2008/writers/jon_wertheim/08/27/day.three/index.html
The ATP meeting concluded in midtown today. As the organization searches for a new president and CEO -- and rest assured the posts will be split this time -- there already is a completed calendar for the next three years.I wanna seeeeeeeeeee!

Dougie
08-28-2008, 01:30 PM
You CANNOT be serious!!!

MacTheKnife
08-28-2008, 03:00 PM
Too funny how people comment on an article they haven't taken the time to read.

:yeah: Most accurate post of the thread award !

Bilbo
08-28-2008, 03:03 PM
i would rather prefer someone from europe to be honest where tennis is originally coming from

SheepleBuster
08-28-2008, 03:26 PM
David Stern. He can globalize tennis like he has Basketball. Then it wouldn't be far fetched for American players like Donald Young playing for European Davis cup like Island's Davis cup.

BlueSwan
08-28-2008, 08:01 PM
Old McEnroe for president!

We need someone with knowledge and respect for the game, its history and its players.

Veronique
08-29-2008, 09:49 PM
I don't know why we should reward intellectual laziness. The article made it abundantly clear which John McEnroe is interested in running the ATP.

bluefork
08-29-2008, 11:15 PM
i would rather prefer someone from europe to be honest where tennis is originally coming from

I don't think it necessarily has to be a European. However, the tour is slowly but surely moving away of the States, and McEnroe Snr. and his boys have been so clearly pro-American. I'm not sure he's the right choice.

Eden
09-17-2008, 11:54 AM
John McEnroe Sr sets out plans to run tennis

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/multimedia/archive/00399/John-McEnroe385_399076a.jpg
John McEnroe Sr

Neil Harman, Tennis Correspondent

Before anyone dismisses John McEnroe Sr’s bid to become the chief executive of men’s tennis — and some reckless souls have — they should know something of the man. The son of an Irish immigrant to the United States in the 1900s who worked as a bank messenger and security guard, he earned his passage through college, took night classes at Fordham University of Law School in New York and ended up a partner at one of the city’s grandest law firms, Paul, Weiss. He is still “of counsel” in its corporate department. And he is John McEnroe Jr’s father.

When McEnroe Sr sets his sights on something, he tends to attain it. And as the ATP, the men’s governing body, is set to embark on a “global search” to find the replacement for Etienne de Villiers as chief executive, would it be better not to save the vast expense — and this from a body that splashed out $7 million (about £3.9 million) on an unnecessary lawsuit over demoting the Hamburg clay-court tournament from Masters status — and appoint someone who knows more about the way tennis works than most of its constituents put together?

McEnroe Sr (let’s refer to him as JP, to avoid confusion) believes it should. It may not be the catchiest slogan, but “I believe I am the single most qualified person alive today for this job” is not bad to be going on with. “I wouldn’t put myself forward to be the CEO of General Motors or General Electric,” he says. “But I’ve spent over 30 years in tennis from all sides of every issue and I think my candidacy deserves to be treated as such.”

At 73, JP is one year older than “the other Johnny Mac”, John McCain, the Arizona senator who could be elected the 44th President of the United States at about the same time that the ATP will conclude its search for a new leader. His manifesto has already been sent to the many constituent parts of the tennis family and he has specialised in running those in the past 50 years.

Boy, does he know what families are all about. His eldest son is perhaps the most famous player to have picked up a racket and has turned into its must-have commentator; his youngest is the captain of the United States team, who hold the Davis Cup.

JP asked for the blessing of both John and Patrick before he took this course — they both told him to “go for it” — even before consulting Kay, his wife, who said that she would do whatever her husband wished, even if it meant moving to London for a couple of years. And a couple of years is all he wants.

But might the name McEnroe and his age worry people enough for them to dismiss his candidacy as mere propaganda? “If people are saying, ‘Oh God, we’re building a dynasty and we don’t want that,’ that’s one thing, but equally I can’t imagine someone like [my son] John going for a job he really wanted and not being aggressive in his pursuit of it,” JP says. “This is not just some whim. I want this because I know I can do it.

“I am not in the business of causing major upheavals. I want to pour oil on the troubled waters, though I do think it may be time for players to address the prospect of becoming a real union again and have collective bargaining when they go into discussions with the tournament directors. I believe that, if the players truly unify and go to the tournaments and say, ‘This is what we think is fair and right,’ the game can change for the better.

“The players have seen what I said in my letter to them. As an example, I don’t think that any player should be forced to play in any event he doesn’t want to play in. I fully understand the importance of television, sponsors, the building of significant stadiums, but tournament directors should be told that, say, five of the top ten players would play in the events that are designated as Masters, or whatever they’re going to be called from next year.

“Actually, the players might decide the number should be six, that’s their choice, but they should also decide which six. The tour is a car, the body is the tournaments, the wheels are the sponsors and TV and the engine is the players. You cannot operate a car without an engine. The current rules that obligate the very top players to play in every Masters event from next year are neither good nor fair.

“When, over 20 years ago, I represented a group that was dubbed the Quintessential Quintet, — in alphabetical order, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis, John McEnroe and Guillermo Vilas — we didn’t want any part of the ‘hard designation’ that the Men’s Pro Council wanted to enforce. Instead, it was agreed that the players would be spread around the best events, that they would decide which ones they would appear in and that, of course, they would play the four grand slams. That situation survived for a number of years.”

JP points out that he sent his letter of candidacy to as many people as he knew in tennis before De Villiers chose to stand down. “I also knew that the tour was losing Mercedes-Benz as its overall sponsor,” he says. “I’ve spoken to a couple of people about that situation and though no one has yet said ‘Absolutely’, no one said ‘Forget it’, either.

“I see no reason why my candidacy should not receive anything other than an objective response. I’d be very disappointed not to be heard by those choosing the new CEO. I know I don’t have universal approval, but on what issues that is based I’m not sure. No one who truly, objectively looks at the current state of affairs and looks at my credentials can come up with any other conclusion than that I’m the guy for this job.”

Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article4754276.ece

Raquel
09-17-2008, 06:50 PM
tournament directors should be told that, say, five of the top ten players would play in the events that are designated as Masters, or whatever they’re going to be called from next year.

“Actually, the players might decide the number should be six, that’s their choice, but they should also decide which six.
That would be a strange rule. The players decide how many top 10 players should be required to play Masters event - OK, but then the players decide which of the top 10 should play? How would that work? What if only 4 or 5 of the top 10 want to play Hamburg. Would those 4 or 5 then choose one or two other top 10 players that would have to play to make up the required 6 top 10. I don't know how popular that would be.




“When, over 20 years ago, I represented a group that was dubbed the Quintessential Quintet, — in alphabetical order, Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis, John McEnroe and Guillermo Vilas — we didn’t want any part of the ‘hard designation’ that the Men’s Pro Council wanted to enforce. Instead, it was agreed that the players would be spread around the best events, that they would decide which ones they would appear in and that, of course, they would play the four grand slams.
This also meant of course that if there were 3 events a week (which was quite common then), if you guaranteed one of these 5 players in each event it would also guarantee big appearance money at each event, rather than split the appearance money between 5 players at one event. And if JP Senior was representing them, I'm sure it might not have been unheard of for him to have received his cut of each appearance fee ;)

nobama
09-17-2008, 07:06 PM
Don't like the idea of spreading top players around events. People want to see the best playing each other, don't they?

Arkulari
09-17-2008, 10:46 PM
Still, I think almost ANYONE would do better than de Villiers :rolleyes:
Let's see how much pressure the Three Tenors put on the new CEO; Roger, Rafa and the Djoker are willing to get their hands dirty lol :devil:

scoobs
09-18-2008, 12:48 AM
Don't like the idea of spreading top players around events. People want to see the best playing each other, don't they?
Agreed - seems like it would be going backward a step to the mess the WTA tour has been in - guaranteed x number of top 10 players at an event, and oh look, they rarely seem to hit those commitments.

Via
09-18-2008, 12:55 AM
this is a very public job application. it will at least put pressure on the atp that whoever they appoint as the new ceo, they will have to justify the other guy is better qualified than john senior. so in that way, it's a good thing.

John McEnroe Sr sets out plans to run tennis
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“The players have seen what I said in my letter to them. As an example, I don’t think that any player should be forced to play in any event he doesn’t want to play in. I fully understand the importance of television, sponsors, the building of significant stadiums, but tournament directors should be told that, say, five of the top ten players would play in the events that are designated as Masters, or whatever they’re going to be called from next year.
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Source: http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/sport/tennis/article4754276.ece

:lol:

fast_clay
09-18-2008, 01:19 AM
this is a very public job application. it will at least put pressure on the atp that whoever they appoint as the new ceo, they will have to justify the other guy is better qualified than john senior. so in that way, it's a good thing.



:lol:

:wavey:

i laughed that too... heh heh... old man mac is certainly growing on me...

i totally agree with his view that the players are way too obligated, 4 or 6 MS events max... i think it is a farce...

a properly weighted and structured tour would see the the top players clashing more often than not in my eyes...

i mean... anyone who knows anything about tennis knows to win the french you gotta get the best matchply at the biggest tourneys... ie, monte carlo, rome, madrid :o ... the same thing for the USO...

if you had two mandatories pre-US and two pre-french i think you satisfy the biggest tennis markets... as if they wouldnt play them anyways... come on, you cant tell me blake and roddick not turning up to europe is making many cry in europe.... and, after that, maybe two more strategically placed mandatories around the globe or shifting from year to year...

6 is enough IMO... any more i think you are starting to put professional people in nappies and taking them for walkies...

Action Jackson
09-18-2008, 04:00 AM
Old Mac has certain valid points, but there are big holes there as well, plus the perception that he will be too pro-American is there, whether this is reality or not.

There are more than enough problems with the tour, which aren't being addressed at all, but this is no surprise to me.

The one point he does say that is commonsense, that the players actually need to act like a players union, it's not the case now, the tournament directors have too much power.

tangerine_dream
10-08-2008, 04:23 PM
The ATP has reached a crucial turning point
Between player unrest and Roger Federer's threatened absence, Matt Cronin says it's a time of turmoil for the ATP.

http://msn.foxsports.com/tennis/story/8650386/ATP-has-reached-a-crucial-turning-point

A lawyer by trade, John McEnroe Sr. has been publicly campaigning for the job and has already talked to a few of the top players and their agents about his candidacy. He also sent a letter to all the players discussing his opposition to the current way of doing business. And he has the experience. Back in 1980, he met the head of the then Men's International Professional Tennis Council (the predecessor to the ATP), as the representative of the 'Quintessential Quintet:' Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis, John McEnroe Jr. and Guillermo Vilas — the top five attractions at the time.

"They wanted to hard designate tournaments, too, and were concerned that the top ones wouldn't play them," McEnroe Sr. recalled. "We had a meeting and told them, 'You may call them hard designations, but we are not buying that. What we are prepared to do is that the players will agree among themselves what they will play and we'll spread them across the spectrum. All the top tournaments will get a representative grouping of top players, but you will not select them. The players will assign themselves to particular tournaments. They accepted it. We said, 'We don't care if you call them hard designated or not, but you know and we know that you are not hard designating anything, that we are the ones making the selections."

"The rules as they exist now are terrible for the players," McEnroe Sr. said. "De Villiers lost support of the players and tournaments. He was making rules that the players didn't like and he should have never done that. The tour is a car. The engine is the players, the tournaments are the body, and wheels are the sponsors and TV. Without all of them working in concert, the car won't work. But without the engine, the car won't move."

McEnroe says that he's not interested in blowing the system up, but will listen to what the players want before deciding how many mandated tournaments should be on the books. A CEO with such pro-player sympathies such as McEnroe Sr. may not thrill the tournaments, which according to the tour, will invest $800 million into facilities in the coming years and a record $100 million in 2009 financial commitments.

NicoFan
10-08-2008, 08:51 PM
No offense to Mac Senior but that's bs. The top players won't show up unless forced to show up. They'll divide up the tournaments? Wait, let me pick myself up off the floor from laughing. ;) :lol:

Letting the players run the asylum is worse than Mr. Disney running the show.