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Tennis players could seek strike negotiations

The world's leading tennis players may go on strike over the length of the season.

20 September 2011

Andy Murray has revealed the world's leading players are willing to go on strike in an effort to get changes to the current calendar.

The world number four, who is only the seventh man to make the semi-finals of all the grand slams in one season, has noted that strike negotiations are required in order to prevent a walkout.

Tennis stars are unhappy about the demanding nature of the schedule they face at the moment, while there were a number of high-profile retirements at the recent US Open.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Murray remarked that players do not have enough of a say in how the game is run at the moment.

He wants to see whether the Association of Tennis Professionals and International Tennis Federation can come to a compromise to reduce the length of the calendar.

"We just want things to change, really small things. Two or three weeks during the year, a few less tournaments each year, which I don't think is unreasonable," Murray observed.

Posted by Ron Maverick

Source: BBC Sport, September 19th

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