The ATP Story
A handful of the game's leading players met in a secluded stairwell at the US Open to discuss the need for a players' association. Under the leadership of newly elected Executive Director Jack Kramer and President Cliff Drysdale, the ATP came to life with a goal of changing the game for the better.
From 1974 to 1989, the men's circuit was administered by the Men's Tennis Council, made up of representatives of the International Tennis Federation (ITF), the ATP and tournament directors from around the world.
Support for the new Tour was quick in coming as over 85 of the Top 100 players signed a letter of support for a new system. Later in the fall of 1988, 24 players, including eight of the Top 10, signed contracts to play the ATP Tour in 1990.
Now led by the formidable Big Three in Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal as well as Andy Murray in the New Era and looking onto the Next Gen, it has become one of the biggest sports tour in the world. Find all the news below.
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