Boycott threat damaging tennis, say grand slam organisers
Organisers of tennis's four major events have accused the ATP of damaging the image of the sport by threatening to arrange alternative events to the grand slams.
The possibility of players shunning the four top tournaments to play charity events emerged after a meeting between around 120 players at the All England Club on the eve of the Wimbledon championships.
According to the ATP, who run the men's tour, players are upset about the distribution of profits from the Australian, French and U.S. Opens and Wimbledon.
"The publicity surrounding these activities has caused damage to the image of the sport and its players," the Grand Slam Committee (GSC) said in a statement released on Friday.
The GSC said it was disappointed that the ATP was unwilling to back down on the threat of a boycott during talks which took place between themselves, the ATP and women's tour organisers the WTA this week, saying it would have "a negative impact on further discussions".
The statement added that the GSC was "determined to have constructive and inclusive dialogue with all constituents on important issues within the sport" and that further meetings were planned for this weekend.