ATP is listening to players` gripes, says new chief

Melbourne: The ATP is listening to players` grievances and is still the best body to represent their interests, the new chairman of the men`s professional tennis tour said on Wednesday.

Speaking after last Saturday`s meeting of the players, at which a boycott of the Australian Open was proposed, Brad Drewett said he thought much of the media coverage had been "sensational" even if he conceded there were problems.

"There is some frustration on certain points within the game," Drewett told a news conference at Melbourne Park.

"Nothing`s ever perfect in any world, and certainly not in the tennis world. As I said, I think the game is clearly in a great spot.”

"That doesn`t mean there`s not always going to be some issues on the side. That`s for me to listen. I heard the players loud and clear the other night about their issues.”

"They`re obviously a very, very important part of this organization. As a former player, I hope I understand their issues as much as anyone.”

"My plan is to represent their opinions wherever it needs to be represented and make sure they`re heard."

Of the issues that were raised at the meeting, the two biggest grievances were the number of tournaments the players must play each year and the distribution of prize money at the four grand slam events.

As well as the possibility of a strike, some players, such as Russian Alex Bogomolov jr, have suggested that the formation of a players` union is now inevitable.

Bureau Report

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