Sports Business: Tennis Gets Reset

THE MEN'S ATP TOUR WAS DOUBLE-FAULTING UNTIL A NEW BOSS DEMANDED AND GOT RADICAL CHANGE FROM THE PROS

Just five months into his job as president of the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP), Etienne de Villiers faced a hostile crowd of doubles pros at the Masters Cup in Shanghai to explain to them why he would have to curtail their sport to save it. The players had already filed suit against the ATP, and there was De Villiers last November, back swinging just four months after cancer surgery, telling them he was going to go ahead with a shortened, no-ad scoring system; a super tie-break instead of a third set; and a rule that doubles players must qualify for...

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