The Facebook Group I created was mentioned in part 1. I haven’t had a lot of time in the past month to keep everyone up to speed with my progress but I have been in constant contact with players and members of the ATP. More updates coming soon.
In my last post I gave you a outline of the structure of the ATP/ITF so that everyone can understand what we are dealing with before making suggestions. This will be my last post that is focused on the issue that we currently face as Professional Tennis Players. It is very clear to all of us that there is a problem in the prize money system
This player lost in the first round of doubles and received a fine in the same week which resulted to his £9.32 payout
Now it is time to start figuring out how we can solve this problem. After many discussions with players, current and former, it is clear that the ITF need a player council structure, like the ATP. If an ITF player has a suggestion or complaint where does he/she go? The players need representation and information needs to flow easily.
Please keep posting your stories or suggestions on the facebook page or contact me directly at: firstname.lastname@example.org
An attempt to create a player council structure for the ITF will be key in moving forward…
INTERESTING FACTS AND IDEAS
There has been a lot of activity on the Facebook group after the two most recent posts. View the posts and the comments here
The structure of the ATP and more information about the ITF will be posted later this week. Some of this information can be found on the Facebook group under the two most recent posts in the comment section
Many WTA players have contacted me since I started the Petition against the ATP. I didn’t think it would make sense to join the ATP Petition with the WTA players because they are run under different boards. But after receiving the email below I changed my mind…
Despite of the difference in ‘Organizations’ and the slight difference in the system at the lower levels we CLEARLY have a common issue, the PRIZE MONEY SYSTEM.
Earlier today I received an email from a British tennis player (female) who is currently ranking around 200 in the world. She said the following: “Would you be interested in opening it up to the WTA players along side the ATP players? It would help with numbers and recognition too. Let me know if you would be interested and keep up the good work!”
She is ranked 200 on the WTA Tour and is having the same issue. Why not join forces and increase the numbers? At the end of the day we are all in the same boat…