Valley News from Van Nuys, California on April 13, 1977 · Page 33
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Valley News from Van Nuys, California · Page 33

Van Nuys, California
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Wednesday, April 13, 1977
Page 33
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V April 13,1977 Van Nuys, Calif. VALLEY NEWS + Section4 Pag«3 Toby Zwlkel New tennis war brewing Just when the international tennis community seemed to have patched up some of its differences by agreeing to put together one world-wide circuit in 1978, a battle may be brewing on yet another front. Though the circuit, a combination of what is now the Grand Prix and World Championship Tennis tours, will run only 35 weeks of the year, the remaining 17 weeks will not be consecutive, but interspersed throughout the year. To qualify for the rich bonus pool, a player must compete in 24 of the 32 events (the so-called Big Four, Italian, French and U.S. opens and Wimbledon, plus 28 other tourneys). Enter World Team Tennis. The WTT season runs from May through August with a break only for Wimbledon. Entering 24 tournaments in addition to playing Team Tennis may be a yeoman task. At least Jack Focus on TENNIS Kramer, a member of the Men's International Professional Tennis Council which approved the new circuit recently in Paris, thinks so. "It would take a pretty good physical specimen," Kramer said during the recent Pacific Southwest Open. "Thre would be no way to stop the circuit for WTT or Davis Cup or anything." Jockeying for position is already taking place among the 40-odd cities seeking at least one of the 28 events in what may be called either the "Super Series" or "Masters Series." "Everyone will have to show the color of their money by the middle of June," Kramer said. It will take at least $175,000 to garner one of the tournaments, 20 of which will be awarded by Col gate, which has taken over running the Grand Prix from Commercial Union, with the other eight being distributed by Lamar Hunt's WCT. Hunt agreed to the one-circuit idea. Kramer said, because he saw the futility, not to mention great expense, of having to sign players to compete on his tour which he did this year. "This year was just too expensive," Kramer said. One of the cities bidding for a "Super Series" event will be Los Angeles. The Southern California Tennis Association and co-sponsor ARCO will have to decide whether they want a spring event, as was the case this year, or a return to a fall date. Kramer seemed to favor a spring date. "We have a chance for TV in the spring," he said. "There's no chance of getting network TV in the fall- But he didn't rule out also holding a smaller tournament in the fall, similar to one planned this autumn. In addition to the "Super Series" events, the circuit will also have tournaments with prize money totalling $50,000, $75,000 or $100,000 which will run either concurrently with a "Super Series" event or during one of the 17 other weeks during the year. Players competing in the "Super Series" -- probably those ranked among the top 32 or 48. depending on the size of the draw, on the Association of Tennis Professionals computer -- will be requied to play in 20 of those big money tourneys and at least four of the smaller money stops to make those fields more attractive. "That's the key to the success of the whole formula," Kramer said. "We need the smaller circuits to provide a springboard for young players to work their way up." * * * The Warner Center Racquet Club is in the running with the Los Angeles Tennis Club, former site of the Pacific Southwest, to host the tournament planned by the tennis association in the fall. * * * In the event you aren't able to make the trek to the Newport Beach Tennis Club for the Davis Cup match between the United States and South Africa Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Warner Center will be the site of some hot doubles action. Among the favored teams in the Open Division for the second annual Warner Center Doubles Invitational tourney are Eric Baer-Lee Tomlinson, Andy Lucchesi-Pat Puccinelli and Larry Mousouris-Larry Easley, the Santa Barbara city champions. Jim Buck and Howard Lee are top-seeded in the Men's 35 Division. The public is invited · Admission is free, with ac tion tonight and tomorrow night, beginning at 6:30, Friday night at 7 and Saturday morning at 10:30. Talbert named NEW YORK (UPI) -Tennis hall of famer Bill Talbert has been named tournament director of the $30,000 Tribune Platform Tennis World Championships at Forest Hills, April 1-2. THE BEST IN VALLEY SPORTS IS FOUND IN THE NEWS PUBLIC RENTAL TENNIS COURTS [From $3.00/hr/eourt| Reservations or Walk-on 8964666 V 7^0, 84-3800 OR CAU YOUR TRAVEL AGENT I NEWSPAPER! Glamorous tennis tour lures standouts away from school By UnrUd PrtM Inttriwtloiwl The director of the annual East er indoor tennis tournament for young people said her son, 21, "isa prototype of what disturbs me" about good young players who quit school to turn professional. Bryan Fineberg is a college drop-out playing a secondary pro circuit in Florida, said his mother, Seena Hamilton. "He's trying to see if he is good enough to make it, on the pro circuit full-time," she said in an interview in New York City. Ms. Hamilton uses her maiden name professionally. In private life, she is the wife of Dr S.K. Fineberg, an internist. She thinks satellite circuits tempt good players to drop out of school when they should be concentrating on their education and careers in other fields "Most will end up playing tennis as second-rate pros." Ms. Hamilton said about four players win about 80% of the women's money in pro tennis. Make tennis a lifetime hobby instead, she urges. "It's a tremendous recreation, it doesn't require a team. If you are tense after a day's work, you can forget your cares in playing. It's good exercise and mentally involving because you're trying to outwit your opponent." Ms. Hamilton founded the nation's top indoor junior tennis tournament for boys and girls 10 years ago. Speaking as a tennis mother, Ms. Hamilton said: "The problem starts when the pro tells you your child has talent. Hundreds of parents have told me, 'We're in this for fun. We're not serious.' "You know they're hooked. As long as the kid loses, you're in it for fun." Until recently most young players who reached the top were children of pros or millionaires. For e x a m p l e . J i m m y C o n n o r s ' s mother and maternal grandmother were pros. Tourneys "give youngsters a tremendous opportunity to meet other people from all over the world," Ms. Hamilton said. Young players traditionally are housed with sports-minded local families during tourneys. One boy in an international contest in Morocco told Ms. Hamilton he had developed a deeper appreciation of American living standards after rooming with a family there. Her arguments against turing pro include the rigorous schedules. Games often run from 3 p.m. tol a.m..after which players fly on. "They don't eat or sleep properly, and many are very young emotionally. "How many (drop-outs) are going to go back to complete their educations? "In their late 20s, what can they do? Teach tennis. 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