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Tennis Has a Problem but No Easy Solution

With regard to Lisa Dillman’s article about the failure of this year’s U.S. Open tennis series, her idea on how to repair the situation seems shortsighted. She suggests that “tying seedings at the U.S. Open to performance during the summer events would be a move in the right direction.”

Really? So truly injured players such as Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport would go unseeded or under-seeded in New York?

Seed Roger Federer behind Andy Roddick or even Robby Ginepri?

You can’t penalize truly injured players. And in the case of many European players, they just don’t want to spend three months away from home before the U.S. Open.

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Perhaps there should be a couple of major hard-court tournaments in Europe during the summer to alleviate the situation.

The ATP and WTA need to get to the heart of why players are either getting injured with more frequency or feel the need to take extended time off between majors.

MITCH KOHN

West Hollywood

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