Italy's Andrea Gaudenzi, the President of the ATP Tour, has said that players should resolve their differences in private rather than on social media after the war of words over the recent Adria Tour, where several players tested positive for the coronavirus.
Andrea Gaudenzi says players should resolve their differences in private
Speaking to SuperTennis TV in an interview, the ATP Chairman quoted former ATP player John Newcombe to say that players should resolve their issues among themselves rather than on social media.
"I read an interview, I think of Newcombe, in which he said that certain things first resolved in the changing rooms. Today the world has changed, every player is in fact the owner of his own social media channel. However, I would advise the players to manage these among themselves."
Several players had criticized the conduct of the players during the Adria Tour on social media. This led to a war of words between many of them, including Nick Kyrgios and Borna Coric. Gaudenzi also spoke about holding of the Italian Open in Rome prior to the Roland Garros event and recognised the contribution of the Italian federation and others who are helping organize the tournament.
"We are very grateful to everyone, holding an event this year in Italy is complex from an organizational and financial point of view. We thank the Federation and those who organize the Challengers, Italy is making a great contribution.
I think the players are waiting for the BNL Internazionali d' Italy. The Foro Italico is among the most beautiful places in the world, and Rome in September is splendid" With the Madrid Masters event expected to be cancelled, Rome will be the key warm-up event for players ahead of the French Open.
The Rome event is scheduled to be held from September 20 - 27 while the French Open is scheduled to be held from 27th September to 11th October. Andrea Gaudenzi reached a career-high ranking of No. 18 in 1995 and reached No.
59 in doubles in the rankings. During his career, he scored wins over Roger Federer, Pete Sampras, Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich, Yevgeny Kafelnikov. He won three ATP Tour titles in his career. He also graduated in law from University of Bologna and obtained an MBA with Honors at IUM and currently serves as Chairman of the ATP Tour.