Toni Nadal Says Controversial ITF Transition Tour Only Benefits 'Young Rich People' - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

ITF

Toni Nadal Says Controversial ITF Transition Tour Only Benefits ‘Young Rich People’

In a video released on Sunday the uncle of Rafael Nadal has said the new system discourages players.

Published

on

The former full-time coach of Rafael Nadal has become the latest tennis figure to speak out against the controversial Transition Tour.

Toni Nadal, who is the head of his nephew’s academy in Mallorca, has pledged his support behind players calling for a change to the new system. At the start of 2019, 1500 people lost their professional ranking into the sport following the creation of the Transition Tour by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). Following an extensive research process, which the ITF says involved a survey of 55,000 individuals involved in tennis, the changes took place. Players now have to compete on the transition tour to earn ITF points. The idea being that once they generate enough points, they can progress to the ATP or WTA Tour.

Despite the aim of trying to ensure players participating in lower level events have a better standard of living, many have said they have been left worse off and have been struggling to enter ITF tournaments. Canadian left-hander Maria Patrascu launched a change.org petition to change the new format. Attracting more than 14,000 signatures to date.

“What should be the objective of the International Tennis Federation? In my opinion, it should be to promote our sport and make it available to all of our players. The new rules adopted discourages players.” Toni said in a Facebook video.

Commenting further on the situation, the 58-year-old believes an uneven playing ground has now formed on the court. Saying that only ‘young rich people’ are able to play under the new system.

“Who can player under these new rules? Only the young rich people. Is that correct? I don’t think so. What happens to the people with not a lot of money? What happens to the people who decide to study and want to go professional in the future? They can’t. In my opinion you have to change these rules.” He said.

Uncle Toni is the latest in a rapidly growing list of people hitting out at the ITF. Magnus Norman, who is the coach of Stan Wawrinka, has said that he had spoken to many players and coaches who were ‘not happy’ about the tour.

“For me, I find it very hard to work around the fact that we are cutting jobs in tennis.” Normal wrote on his personal blog. “If I would to work towards something I would turn things around. I would look at it from the other angle and try to make it better for each and every player instead globally.”

Former top 10 player Janko Tipsarevic is currently ranked 455th in the world and has his own tennis academy is another critic.

“These changes that are being done by the ITF are doing nothing else but ruining and destroying the sport. I’m seeing so much pain and suffering.” The Serbian commented on Facebook.

Despite the widespread condemnation, the governing body has refused to scrap the Transition Tour. Arguing that the negativity surrounding it has been partly been created by misinformation. Although they have confirmed that they are open to making adjustments.

“For all the reasons we’ve set out explaining why we looked to do reforms in the first place, it would be not at all optimal to go back,” ITF Executive Director for Circuits Jakie Nesbitt recently told reporters.
“I don’t want to get to a situation where we have huge amounts of prize money but we’re delivering so poorly for players. To have so few even managing to break even, we have to be able to do better than that.”
“I don’t see any convincing argument in favour of a return to the old system. The new system has to deliver better for players, if there are changes that need to be made they will become fairly obvious fairly quickly.”

Life on the transition tour in quotes

“The number of places for players to participate in these tournaments is limited, so players with no ranking or bad ranking have no chance to participate in the tournaments. I’ve heard from a lot of players flying around the world, going to tournaments and couldn’t get in in reason of the limited qualification size.”Dirk Hordorff (VP of Tennis Germany)

“I would really like to meet a person who came up with this idea about the ITF transition tour and congratulate him. All the ideas that person got cannot function even in a perfect world because players have zero benefit from it and they don’t make any sense.” Ana Vrljić (Croatia)

“Money talks and money rules. They don’t need any players outside of top 100. They need the big names and the big profit from slams. By changing the rule, they secured easier stability for the top and impossible possibility for young, mid and lower ranked players to exist. If you don’t have the big agency behind you or a big sponsor you might as well quit.” Sesil Karatantcheva (Belarus)

“It’s a shambles. Everyone is responsible for this mess. It’s impossible to state how much knock in effect this will have negatively for anyone involved in tennis.” Mark Petchey (former player, Great Britain)

‘We all agree that ITF is not fulfilling their mandate of overseeing and promoting tennis worldwide.” Sergiy Stakhovsky (Ukraine)

“My ranking won’t even guarantee me a place in the qualifiers. Last year, I won a USD 25000 tournament and I was hoping I would at least start playing the qualifier rounds of the Challengers this season but for that I will have to improve my ITF ranking. But for that I need to play 25k events,”Adil Kalyanpur (India)

Fed Cup

Copper Box Arena To Host Historic Fed Cup Tie Against Kazakhstan

Great Britain will host Kazakhstan in the Copper Box Arena in April in their World Group II Play-Off tie.

Published

on

(@FedCup - Twitter)

The Copper Box Arena will host Great Britain’s historic Fed Cup World Group II tie against Kazakhstan in April. 

The venue was announced on Thursday afternoon as Great Britain prepare for a historic World Group II tie against Kazakhstan in April.

The Copper Box Arena hosted some Olympic events in 2012 and has a capacity of 5,800 as Great Britain look to build on the momentum they picked up in Bath in February.

It is located in Hackney, London not too far from where Great Britain’s Fed Cup captain, Anne Keothavong, grew up and has stated the importance of April’s tie, “It’s very special to come back to my home borough of Hackney,” she said at a visit to Clapton Girls Academy.

“Having grown up and started playing tennis here, I never dreamt that one day I would be coming back and leading the British team in what is the world cup of women’s team tennis.

“Looking ahead to April, words can’t describe the sense of anticipation we are going to have playing our first World Group play-off at home. 

“Home support makes such a massive difference in sport and we saw the impact the GB fans had in getting the team over the line in Bath recently.”

The tie is set to be Great Britain’s first home-and-away home tie for 28 years and Keothavong is looking for a big home support on Easter weekend, “For the fans, I’m hoping that seeing our players perform with all they have got will inspire the next generation of kids to get out there and get involved with tennis.”

The tie will take place on the weekend of the 20th and 21st of April with tickets expected to be priced at around £12. This match is expected to be close with not much separating the four singles players involved.

 

Continue Reading

ITF

Janko Tipsarevic Makes Urgent Appeal To ITF About Changing Reforms

Janko Tipsarevic has blasted the new changes on the ITF tour as he makes an appeal for the governing body of Tennis to change their minds.

Published

on

Janko Tipsarevic (@MqLeo - Twitter)

The former world number eight has made an urgent appeal to the ITF asking them to get rid of the transition tour. 

The newly-created changes on the ITF tour has been met with heavy amounts of criticism with over 3,000 players already signing the petition to get rid of the tour.

As qualifying draws are getting smaller, rankings are dropping and junior players getting less opportunities at events, a heavy amount of outrage has been expressed towards the International Tennis Federation.

However the most high-profile speaker against the changes has been Janko Tipsarevic, who in a Facebook video has expressed his concern towards the changes.

The Serb said in the video that he is seeing so much pain and suffering from the players because of the changes, “The changes done by side of the ITF are doing nothing but destroying and ruining the sport,” Tipsarevic explained.

“I’m seeing so much pain and suffering from so many players, who are at a lower-level in their careers, who are unable to compete at tournaments. Secondly, Tennis is about simplicity and to extend our fanbase we need to get people involved, we don’t need to confuse them with two different ranking systems.”

The ITF currently have their own ITF ranking system which is now being used for those players to enter the main draw of futures events without qualifying. This can lead to players who are 500-600 in the world getting into the draw while players who are in the top 250 still having to qualify.

Speaking of qualifying, Tipsarevic explains is that the qualifying needs to be extended at these events in order to make our sport more inclusive, “The more important thing is open up the damn qualies,” he stated.

“Open up the qualies so we can give young players and juniors, who are suffering so much with the inability to compete, to compete and just to play tennis. 

“The ITF is not only reducing players but on a longer stretch who will be involved in Tennis. Less players. Less coaches. Less fitness trainers. Less physio’s. Less everything. Because players are losing the will to have this dream.”

It is clear that the ITF is facing huge amounts of pressure to reverse their reforms to make Tennis a more inclusive sport and for it to appeal to everyone.

As it stands though frustrated players will have to wait as the ITF seem keen on sticking with this principal that they believe in.

Continue Reading

Davis Cup

Davis Cup Finals Tournament Director Asks For Patience Ahead Of November Edition

Davis Cup Finals tournament director Albert Costa is asking for patience as he believes the tournament will be an overwhelming success

Published

on

(@IsUpdate1)

Davis Cup Finals Tournament Director Albert Costa has asked fans for their patience ahead of November’s edition. 

The new format will see 18 teams compete in Madrid in November for the Davis Cup trophy with many people criticising the reforms.

However tournament director Albert Costa has asked tennis fans for patience as he believes in time the Finals will be a success, “After all, it’s one of the great competitions in the world of sports, very attractive, unique and novel for everyone, and for the players it will be a very attractive format,” Costa explained in an interview with Radio Marca.

“I do not see that it will go wrong, people have many expectations, that the first year is complicated and there may be some doubt, but I think it will be a success, I have no doubt. It comes out as we hope we will have patience and we will organize the second edition in a better way, but we do not contemplate that it does not go well.”

The Spaniard is also looking ahead to the future and is in current discussion to make the Fed Cup a combined event with the Davis Cup in the future, “The Federation Cup is a two-year project, we will see if it is viable, but we have it in our heads,” Costa explained.

“We are still negotiating and talking with the ATP to do a joint event and then a larger one of men and women, it is a project but it is not a reality yet. There are opinions for everyone, the changes always generate doubts and we have to show that the competition is attractive to everyone.”

The Davis Cup Finals takes place on the 18th-24th of November with a weakened field expected as Roger Federer, Dominic Thiem, Juan Martin Del Potro and Alexander Zverev will all not participate in Madrid.

Continue Reading

Trending