Memo to Tennis Officialdom: Need Change

Julian JohnsonCorrespondent IApril 10, 2009

Tennis must have a Commissioner/Commission

This one development will determine whether tennis develops a logical, ethical governing body that oversees and guides the sport with wisdom and vision; or whether corporate "Lone Rangers" with no conscience, no vision and dollar signs in their eyes continue to pimp out the game to the highest bidder.


Regulate the Technology

Tennis rackets should be made of identical, standardized materials and there should be one standard racket size: 27" in length with a head size of about 65 square inches...This would encourage the development of intelligent point construction, artfulness, touch, as well as power.

Today's men's game is a game for homely sluggers and 'only mother could love' ball bashers. Thank God for Federer, Nadal, and Murray.

This may be contradictory, but I do believe that the additional power has helped the women's game. I still believe that the equipment must be standardized. They don't use aluminum bats in baseball, do they?!


Tennis must create a true season and off-season

"To everything there is a season,
a time for every purpose under the sun...

A time to be born and a time to die;
a time to plant and a time to pluck up that which is planted..."

Tennis needs a season. There is a time for playing and planting, a time for resting and regenerating.  Nothing helps injure and burn out players faster than chasing ranking points and dollar bills in a never-ending season...All over the world! 

Nothing would help a sport in need of "law and order" more than an off-season; it would allow the Commissioner/Commission time to reflect on the year just past and PLAN for the future. Who's handling the visioning of what the sport of tennis should look in five or ten years?  

My point exactly!


We Need Some Profit Sharing

In the same way that wealthy NCAA athletic teams share TV revenue, so too should there be some profit sharing from television and the corporate sponsors that trickles down to the players not named Federer, Nadal, or Williams. 

Travel is expensive; could there be a travel pool set up for the top 150?  200?  Can hotel rooms and food be subsidized by the tour, through corporate relationships with a chain or two?

How would all this be accomplished?  I don't know, ask the Commissioner?!

And on the fifth day, I rested...but there will be more.