• Short Summary

    The decision of over half the members of the 100-member Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to boycott the Wimbledon Championships which start on Monday (25 June), may mean that the tournament will be dominated by East European players.

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    The decision of over half the members of the 100-member Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) to boycott the Wimbledon Championships which start on Monday (25 June), may mean that the tournament will be dominated by East European players. The association represents the world's top male players, including almost all the 16 seeds, and decided on the boycott in support of the Yugoslav player Nikki Pilic who has bene banned form Wimbledon.

    Philic was suspended until June 30th by the International Lawn Tennis Federation for failing to play for his country in a Davis Cup match.

    The players consider the suspension is unfair. A court injunction was sought to allow Pilic to play but the attempt failed.

    If the boycott goes ahead, stars like defending champions Stan Smith, Ken Rosewall, John Newcombe and Arthur Ashe will be mission. The Rumanian, Ilie Nastase is the one top seed likely to play. He's been told to play by his home federation and is now the favourite for the men's singles title. Two other East Europeans. Jan Kodes of Czechoslovakia and Alex Metreveli of the Soviet Union will also be prominent if the boycott goes ahead.

    The top women players, including Margaret Court, are also considering a boycott in support of Pilic.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA1O1AHF4BIW20BBSH5AXA2T4Y3
    Media URN:
    VLVA1O1AHF4BIW20BBSH5AXA2T4Y3
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/06/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:52:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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