Tennis strike talk criticised by former players
There has been growing unrest from top tennis professionals over their increasingly crowded schedules; however, not everyone agrees that there are too many games been played...
British number one Andy Murray has been at the forefront of those players who have been criticising the packed ATP schedule; he has even spoke of impending strike action by the top players if action is not taken to reduce their workload.
Murray's comments have been met with an angry response from some former tennis stars; former world number two Michael Stich has spoken out against the growing unrest.
Stich believes that talk of strike action is unnecessary; he recently told the press about his views on the subject.
"These tournaments provide them with jobs and an income," commented Stich.
"I don't think the complaint is a good one. I didn't complain - and I played in tournament singles and doubles." he added.
The former Wimbledon champion maintain that there is a partnership between the players and the ATP; he believes that Murray's comments undermine that partnership.
"I don't think it is a big issue. They are not playing more than we did 10 or 15 years ago and they have shorter seasons than we used to.” said the German.
Stich's sentiments have been echoed by former Great Britain Davis Cup captain, David Lloyd, who said: "I find it an incredible statement. They are making absolute fortunes.
"Normally, you strike because you are not getting enough money or your place of work is not good enough. They play all the best places in the world, they get picked up by Rolls Royces at the airport, they stay at 10-star hotels and get paid a fortune.” he added.
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