WTA introduces steps to protect players' interest: Larry Scott

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Bangalore, Mar 4 (UNI) Sony Ericsson WTA Tour Chairman and CEO Larry Scott today said following the reported threat about putting pressure on the players to throw their matches, WTA had introduced certain measures to protect their interest.

Talking to newspersons here, he said the measures included checking of the background of coaches as to whether they have any criminal records and involved in betting. The other measures included looking after education, providing security and training in the interest of players' welfare, he added.

Players welcomed the measures, while some coaches had objected to it stating that it would affect their privacy.

''During Doha Tournament a couple of coaches did not sign the agreement as it encroached their privacy,'' he said.

Mr Scott said, it had proposed to combine tier-I and tier-II tournaments and launch a premier level tournament.

On continuing Bangalore as the centre for future tournaments, he said ''it depends on commitment and sponsors. We have to see the competitiveness for hosting the championship. We will certainly encourage as far as possible but after completion of this tournament we will study the impact and other things before taking a final decision.'' He appreciated the facilities provided to the players and preparation of court in the ongoing US Dollar 6,00,000 WTA tier-II Bangalore Open, which began yesterday.

He said India had gained a lot by hosting this event and more such events would boost the game in the country. WTA was also looking for expanding tennis in China and West Asia, he added.

Replying to a question, he said women's tennis was not all about fashion or glamour. The quality was high and lot of young players were attracted and the game had huge viewership.

He said equal prize money was a major achievement for the WTA and it has already planned to improve the tour taking some innovative steps like offering better facilities, bigger prize money and better comfort levels to the players.


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