Posted by: HOVA Join Date: Mar 2008 Posts: 51 tennis is a hard sport to make money in. why? because people only want to see the top players. and the top players can only be at one time and one place. think about basketball or soccer. Many players and many teams. Lots of chances for fans to go see and pay money. Lots of chances for different sponsers to pay money too. Great quote by Hova there. Now let me explain why that is. ATP does NOT Promote players outside top 10...this is wrong. This is why people only know Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal. This is why people don't know Davydenko. People Certainly don't know the big rise Janko Tipsarevic has made and how talented he is. What about Simone Bolelli? An Italian who has climbed the rankings, has a phenominal game and could certainly be top 20 very soon. People never heard of even Juan Carlos Ferrero, who was #1 in the world at one time. ATP needs to promote these players better. In my opinion, I would love to see ATP establish ATP Division 1, Division 2, Division 3 like soccer to replace ATP, Challenger, Future. promote local Future tournaments as 3rd Division soccer leagues. Let locals get to know players from 800-1200 in the world and go and see tennis weekly at a local club. High quality tennis may I add. Why should these fans only wait until the US Open comes around once a year to see tennis. No wonder they dont follow it all year. This would also boost salaries of Future players, Challenger players, so they could make more money. Stands are packed at a single A baseball game or a Harlem Globe Trotter Game or even more at a Serie C or English Division 3 Soccer/Football Game. These leagues are promoted well and people die for their teams. This is not top level soccer or basketball or baseball but its promoted well and people go out and support local teams. Also, we need to reschedule our current format. Does anyone agree with me or think Im nuts when I say 30% hardcourts, 30% Clay, 30% Grass, with 3 masters tournaments on each Surface??? Wouldn't that please everyone. Why do we need 80% of the tournaments played on Hardcourt. How is that fair? Plus it is so damaging on the body, players can't play past 24. Clay Season cannot be condenscend like this. It is not fair. Now Ferrer and Nadal are playing every tournament to defend their points and their bodies cannot handle it. This is wrong. Maybe ATP needs to hire me, or just get rid of this idiot they have running the show now. If they are not a profit-making corporation, then why are they changing this system to the ATP 500 series. Why are they overselling tournaments to cities. Why are they not doing this the correct way? ANy thoughts???????