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Bernie the Wimbledon supremo?

2013-03-26 14:42

Bernie Ecclestone has revealed how close he came to changing the international game of tennis.

Sportsvibe reports that the Formula 1 chief executive led a consortium including legend Boris Becker and former player turned businessman Ion Tiriac that wanted to take over the game a decade ago.

Ecclestone, who said the trio came "very close" to running tennis, said the International Tennis Federation ultimately asked for "too much money".

RADICAL IDEAS FOR TENNIS

He said: "I argued that the sport needed to be better geared towards television.

"We would have introduced one serve only per point and also a timed cut-off point to a match so that everyone knew, especially the TV companies, how long a match would last.

"Another idea we had was to segment the match into two or three, timed parts of, say, 20 minutes each.  I admit it was radical but the sport needed to do something, although it has improved a little since our talks."


 

GMM

Comments
  • Julius Klokow - 2013-03-26 17:24

    Eish, picture yourself team orders / interference by coaches during a Tennis match, each player with headphones heating the ball when their coaches tell them to? This would have been another circus... like F1 already is!

  • Emma Boesak - 2013-03-26 22:43

    Bernie jy is net n skelm supremio.

  • Erik Prinsloo - 2013-03-27 17:57

    Thank the heavens - he did not get the opportunity to mess up another sport!!!

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