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Martina Navratilova backs strike action for tennis pros

The former tennis player believes the players are right to strike if no other agreement can be found.

23 September 2011

Martina Navratilova has backed the men's tennis stars who are considering striking.

A number of top pros, including Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal, have said they may take to the picket line over the current calendar.

Unless union bargaining can reach an agreement between the players and the Association of Tennis Professionals and International Tennis Federation, then there is a possibility of racquets being downed.

Speaking to BBC Radio Five Live, Navratilova admitted she understands the reason players are annoyed, especially as the women's tour is already one month shorter than their male counterparts.

"If that's the only way they can get to that point, then that's what they have to do if they can unify themselves enough and that's the last resort," she stated.

Navratilova - who won 18 grand slams in her own playing career - was speaking after another ex-pro Michael Stich, said Murray and others were wrong to consider industrial action.

Posted by Ron Maverick

Source: BBC Sport, September 21st

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