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3 March 1999

ITF and ATP Tour joint announcement

The ITF and the ATP Tour are taking major steps to work more closely with the eventual aim of bringing all factions of the game, Brian Tobin, President of the International Tennis Federation, and Mark Miles, CEO of the ATP Tour, announced in a joint statement issued at the ATP Tour World Championship in Hannover Germany. Tobin and Miles said the two organizations were already working closely on a wide variety of projects that ranged from joint marketing and promotional activities to structural changes within the game. The announcement represented a significant step forward in the efforts to reunify tennis and prepare it for the new millenium. Tobin and Miles outlined several important issues currently under discussion: 1) from the year 200 it is intended to recognize the achievements of top male tennis players by way of a 12 month points race where all players begin the year at zero and accumulate points throughout the calendar year. A separate rolling system will remain to be used for entry lists and seedings. 2) Close collaboration on calendar issues involving major ATP Tour events, Grand Slams, Davis Cup and the Olympic Games. 3) Both organizations are committed to a joint program to improve, market and promote the game as a more entertaining and attractive sport for the public and players alike. In this respect, the ITF is delighted that the ATP Tour is considering the trial of several experimental rules aimed at improving the game, such as the no-ad scoring system. 4) In the spirit of maximum co-operation and collaboration both parties are committed to pursue reciprocal representation by the ATP Tour on the ITF Board and the return presence of the Grand Slams and the ITF on the ATP Tour Board.

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