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Old 11-08-2012, 05:32 AM   #1
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Thumbs up Federer takes on role as backroom power broker (ATP future and situation)

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7:59PM EST November 4. 2012 - LONDON -- In a career spanning three decades, Roger Federer has assumed an increasing number of roles -- husband, father, company spokesman, and of course, to many, greatest player of all time.

His latest is among the most unexpected, especially for a man raised in a country known for its benign neutrality: backroom power broker.

But after leading the ATP Tour Player Council as president the last three years, Federer has become a savvy student of the laws of political governance.

"It's been a great life-school," said the tri-lingual Swiss star Sunday as he prepared to defend his season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals title. "Can you say that?"

Much of Federer's behind-the-scenes work this year has focused on persuading the four majors to share a larger piece of the revenue pie with players. He has also lobbied that a larger percentage of prize money go to earlier rounds to rectify a growing income distribution gap.

That work has increasingly fallen on his shoulders, as both Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal, once Player Council members, left their leadership positions.

Take his pre-tournament schedule last month at the Masters event in Shanghai.

Under added security because of death threats, Federer arrived on a Friday and discussed strategy with ATP player and board representatives till about 1 a.m. He practiced the next morning, spent about 7 hours in meetings with various representatives of the Grand Slams and still attended the player party Saturday night.

On Sunday evening, he hosted three hours of meetings in his hotel room with the Player Council, ATP executive staff, and U.S. Open executives -- all before he struck a match ball.


"Roger has so many demands on his schedule and the fact that he is investing so much time into the player council and these negotiations shows his character and how much he cares for the future of the sport," doubles specialist and council member Eric Butorac of the USA wrote in a recent email. "I believe it is very unprecedented to have a top player so involved."

It's not just Federer's time than matters. It's his clout.

"I think having someone like him on the council can be a big benefit, especially if you're going into important meetings with the Grand Slams," No. 3 Andy Murray said Saturday.

Reserved by nature, Federer has come a long way in understanding the needs and concerns of everyone from players ranked well outside the top 50 to doubles specialists.

"Managing and supporting all the players has been very challenging and very interesting," said Federer, who sat down with USA TODAY Sports on Sunday.

Federer did not slip into the role of leader without some angst.

As a young man, Federer says he shirked responsibility -- or in his words, "I used to run away from taking decisions."

"I never saw tennis this way -- doing that many different things," he said. "I thought it was a little bit of press, practicing and playing matches. That's it. Maybe I was a bit naďve."

But he says he's learned to handle the stress level of various constituents needing immediate answers because he wants to leave the game in a better place when he's gone.

"Today I actually enjoy doing it," he said. "I have some power and some leadership I guess. I like using that for the best for everyone involved."


It is, like his precise shotmaking and fluid movements, a delicate balancing act. Demands can stretch on and on. The mind can become weary. Focus can waver.

"I have to be careful I don't do too much because I am there to play well," he said. "I don't want to be exhausted once I get to the match court. I don't want to be tired at the end of the third set mentally because I've just done too much. It's always a bit of a balance, but with experience I think I've gotten the hang of it."

Federer has been called out by his peers, including his arch-rival Rafael Nadal, for perhaps hewing too closely to his cautious Swiss roots and not pushing hard enough for change.

But Federer was not shy in pointing out that in his extended absence due to knee problems, 26-year-old Nadal has been largely MIA from the players' push for a larger share of revenues from the majors.

"Players do look up to Rafa, so it would be nice to see him maybe a bit more engaged," Federer said.


Despite threats of a boycott and other hard-line tactics -- for tennis -- Federer and his fellow players and ATP executives have shepherded successes.

The French Open, Wimbledon and the U.S. Open each contributed a larger percentage of prize money to earlier rounds this season.

The Australian Open will do the same in January, and in a pre-emptive strike already announced the biggest year-over-year prize money increase in its history.

More important, Federer said, is the "productive" dialogue taking place.

"I'm happy that we've gotten to the table with the Slams and been able to explain our case," he said.

At 31, Federer is brushing up against the usual threshold when age undermines skill, which means every minute and every decision he makes counts.

In that regard, time management might just be the Swiss' biggest asset. He seems to have found a formula that works.
Pretty interesting to see, if anyone can push it is Roger but I don't know how much is the ATP willing to budge, specially with the IW precedent now.

And he answered Rafa's claim of him not being involved enough but not by being vocal but by actually getting shit done, even if it is behind closed doors.
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Old 11-08-2012, 05:52 AM   #2
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One more example as to why Roger won the sportsmanship award.

He takes time before a tournament to attend meetings. He does a lot of work for the best interest of the lower ranked players and people call him greederer.

Look at nadal, he tries to impose 2 year rankings and has his own agenda. He wants the ATP to work for hgim almost and when things don't go his way he leaves the vice presidency of the players council. Disgusting behavior. Even though he is injured he could participate in this meetings and try to improve the game not only for his benefit but for the benefit of others but I guess he's too occupied going fishing, watching real madrid games and hanging out with his buddy/dog monaco.

This is yet another example of how much more than just the greatest tennis player ever Roger Federer is. He is trying his best to "leave the game in a better place when he's gone." That is highly commendable. Also his worries are not with himself and top players only but also with " players ranked well outside the top 50 to doubles specialists."

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Where are the likes of Djokovic,Nadal,Murray ? What are they doing or they just wait
someone else to do something? I do not know when we are going to see other one like Federer as a player and leader.
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Now we get why he won the sportsmanship award
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He does so much for tennis. Keep it going champ!

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Won't make any difference for most of them. Seasoned haters have made up their minds long ago, any new information is either read in the worst possible light or, if they can find no opportunity to spin a negative note, simply ignored. But there is always the hope of convincing more recent, less invested haters that there's really not much to hate here.
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So far no haters posted.

Guess they can't find anything against Roger in this article.
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Yes, this information explains why Federer kept being voted by his fellow players for Stefan Edberg award
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The most surprising news in this article was Rogi admitting that he did indeed have some faults in his makeup as a human during his younger years.

He's perfect now of course.
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Yes, this information explains why Federer kept being voted by his fellow players for Stefan Edberg award
So true!

Thanks for posting this article in here, as I think people who aren't necessarily his fans should see it. Fantastic answers, I especially liked the one about "using his leadership for the best of all involved."

Yes, this isn't really about Roger alone but the actual state of the game, since he's the President of the Players' Council I really like to hear him stating things about the game, he really knows what's going on.

If only Rafa could be more like the perfect gentleman Roger has become. His temper tantrums didn't resolve anything for the players. It was so generous of Roger to pick up on the fact that Rafa had a positive effect on the inner workings of the ATP and had some leadership abilities before he chose to throw it all away.
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NID, Greederer lobbying for this just when he's about to retire in a couple of years and after he has scraped in all the money he can for years and years
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So far no haters posted.

Guess they can't find anything against Roger in this article.
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Excellent. Federer moving into the power-vacuum Don Toni leaves behind. (Toni was using his Rafito pawn). I approve Feds methods and his love for the lower ranked henchmen. He could lead the ATP brotherhood into a new golden age. Only problem is that he's getting older. When Federer's time is over the remaining top guys will fight over his power-position and fan-votes like vultures over a fresh carcass.
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