I'm disturbed by the lack of talk in here about the ATP organisation. For example, people want to change the calender ,ranking systems etc. gasquet gets into "trouble" and threads descend into drug debates etc fed vs sampras etc...what nadal eats for breakfast etc... But I would love good discussion on what the ATP has become since being rejigged in 1989/1990..... Please forgive any mistakes here because I'm familiar pre 1992. My understanding was ATP was simply a UNION for players..that's all. they had nothing to do with telling directors what to do etc... Events were a *played out conflict* between directors and players agents etc and the ATP as we know it now (I'll call it middle man:twisted had no part of this. here's some articles to start us off... http://cornedbeefhash.wordpress.com/2008/07/29/atp-lawsuit-could-remake-non-team-sports/ In this case directors are being overun by the ATP.... so where am i going with all this? I think The ATP (basically a business trying to make money) is dictating to everyone..and I don't think that's good for tennis. Tennis should be contorlled by the ITF(an organisation run for the benfit of tennis..not the ATP(for $$$) and disputes betwen players and directors should be settled between them not some middle man. A good example is the current mandate players must play all 8 ms events. why? are tennis-players self employed persons or not? Get back to ITF rankings and idssolve the ATP...the slams and ITF have the power to do this...and I think in the long run tennis priorities re-aligned. IF the top players refuse ATP contracts and get together a shake up would be good. Now I've made a number of opinion statements here...your thoughts?