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June - September, 2005
September 12, 2005:
"I think the [ATP] are just trying to get rid of
doubles and they're doing it slowly. I think they're
going at it completely the wrong way. I completely agree
with the players because they had no say in the matter.
The players are against it. The fans are against it.
They want to see doubles. It's just a very near-sighted
decision by the tournament promoters."
Martina Navratilova, blasting the impending rule changes to men's doubles, saying they will hurt the sport of tennis as a whole.
August 21, 2005: "As
for the ATP doubles debacle, what a colossal error those
knuckleheads have made this time. I approached both my
bosses at ESPN and NBC during Wimbledon, and I asked them
if the new format for doubles would get doubles more air
time. Both network execs laughed at the notion. The ATP
has dropped the ball so many times so many ways, but this
could be the stupidest 'innovation' of all."
Mary Carillo, award-winning TV tennis analyst
August 1, 2005:
"Doubles is too great a game to destroy. With the
help of the player, fans, officials, media, sponsors
and the rest of the tennis world, we'll stop these rule
changes from ever happening. We'll save doubles!"
Mike Bryan, who has
reached all three Grand Slam doubles finals with his
twin brother Bob this year, mobilizing to stop the
much-denounced ATP's doubles reforms from going into
effect in September.
July 15, 2005: "I'm
shocked to the core about the proposed doubles changes.
Anyone who believes that shortening sets, No-Ad scoring,
etc., will enhance the game of doubles is a bloody idiot.
And there's no way these changes will allow more doubles
matches to be played on centre court early in the week....
I fear for the doubles game."
Mark Woodforde, who
won 17 career Grand Slam doubles titles, on some of
the ATP Tour's wrongheaded rule changes for doubles
that will go into effect after the U.S. Open
July 4, 2005: "My
motto is: I'm alive, so that means I can do anything."
Venus Williams, after staving off a championship point to overcome No. 1 Lindsay Davenport, 4-6, 7-6, 9-7, for her third Wimbledon title and first Grand Slam title in almost four years.
June 26, 2005: "I
said 'most' of Britain's tennis journalists don't know
what they're talking about. A lot of people agree with
me. I'm pissed off, I say it, and what happens? It's
been a pain in the arse."
British star Tim Henman, telling it like (he thinks) it is, in
The Times (UK)
June 16, 2005: Sharapova
making the kind of money [reportedly $25 million in
endorsements this year] she does is great. But there
is a trade-off for these girls. They have financial
security. But what sort of legacy will they leave? Everything
is about outer success. When I was 15, I wanted to be
the best at something. Girls today want to be famous.
I think all of us realize something isnt quite
right with that."
Billie Jean King, all-time
great and women's tennis pioneer, in ESPN The Magazine
June 1, 2005: "Not since the days of
Boris Becker have I seen such intimidation on a tennis
court. Rafael Nadal is on clay what the German phenomenon
was on grass.
John McEnroe, 1980s superstar
and now an NBC-TV analyst, after the Spanish teen
easily beat Richard Gasquet at the French Open, in
his column in The Telegraph (UK)
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