Maybe it’s all the U.S. Open buzz, but there’s a slew of fascinating articles out right now about the identity of our beloved sport – past, present and future. Take a gander:
The headline of this BBC article says it all “Can tennis be less middle class?” Hint, the LTA’s considering a “Tennis Idol.” Click here.
Click here for a short and entertaining history of Open Era tennis. The early days included all sorts of nutty stunts, including ping pong scoring and chilled tennis balls.
With ATP head Etienne de Villiers stepping down, who’s vying to fill the high-profile post? How about John McEnroe, Sr.? Yes, John and P-Mac’s 73-year-old daddy really is applying for the job. Click here for more, including the letter he sent to Roger, Rafa and other tennis big shots.
But forget about the ATP, do tennis players need a real union? This from Sports Business Journal: “While team sports pay generally between 50 percent and 60 percent of revenue to players, the comparable figures on the men’s and women’s tennis tours are around half that range, and for the four Grand Slams, significantly less.” Not feeling sorry for our favorite multi-millionaires yet? Click here for more.
And in a case of “don’t judge a book by it’s cover” (or country of origin), guess which Olympic bronze medal contender said this: “I understand how much the Olympics means to many people. But for me, as a professional tennis player, it is a just a tournament.” That’s right, it was Chinese sensation Miss Li “Shut Up” Na. Click here for more on this feisty and outspoken player.