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|John McEnroe Sr. believes in giving players more leeway on which tournaments they choose to play.|
"You need someone who understands the business of competition, who can relate to the players, but also lead them," Drysdale said. "You can't just bow to the instincts of a 22-year-old athlete who has his own agenda. I don't blame Nadal for this, but with Hamburg, for example, he wanted more clay-court tournaments." One familiar name gunning for the job is John McEnroe -- that is, the father of the famous ex-player and commentator. A Wall Street attorney for more than 40 years, most notably with the highly regarded firm of Paul Weiss, McEnroe was jet-propelled into the tennis business in the summer of 1977 when his precocious namesake rocketed from the juniors to the Wimbledon semifinals. Often in conjunction with various management firms, McEnroe has managed his son's business affairs with all the iron-fisted skill and hard-edged leverage you'd expect from a man in control of a player who wasn't just a star, but a supernova. Besides his work with John and, later, Patrick, John McEnroe Sr. briefly served as legal counsel in the early '80s for Bjorn Borg, Jimmy Connors, Vitas Gerulaitis and Guillermo Vilas, the cornerstone of his work with them an effort to keep the ATP from mandating where these top players should compete. Much like his namesake, McEnroe is pursuing the job with a bold, attacking style intended to vanquish the competition. According to McEnroe, the ATP's search "is a ridiculous waste of time and money. They don't need due diligence when they're dealing with me. What the hell does a Disney executive [de Villiers] have to do with tennis?"
|Though he increased prize money, Etienne de Villiers has been heavily criticized since assuming the role of Executive Chairman of the ATP Tour.|