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Exclamation WTA replaces Masha with Lindzi on 2005 Tennis Guide

Publishing Arrangement First of its Kind for Popular Joint Tennis Guide


The ATP and WTA Tour announced today that Sport Media Publishing Inc., whose publishing imprint is SPORTClassic Books, will publish Official Guide to Professional Tennis 2005, the popular joint guide first published last year as part of the ATP and WTA Tour’s "One Game" initiative. The program was created to explore and develop synergies between the two global organizations.

Sport Media Publishing, based in Toronto, Canada, has secured the exclusive, worldwide rights to print, distribute and market the Official Guide to Professional Tennis 2005 to retail outlets and booksellers. The Guide’s roots are the separate WTA Tour and ATP media guides that the tennis media have relied on for more than a decade.

The 2005 Guide will feature the World No. 1 players from this season on the two front-and-back covers. Roger Federer secured the 2004 ATP World No. 1 after winning the US Open; Lindsay Davenport clinched the 2004 WTA World No. 1 at this week's WTA Tour Championships in Los Angeles.

"I'm honored to be featured on the cover of the Official Guide to Professional Tennis for the first time in my career," Federer said. "It has traditionally featured the game's No. 1 player, so I'm glad to join that elite group of players. The Guide is a great resource for the media and fans to learn more about the players, tournaments and the game."

"We think the Official Guide to Professional Tennis 2005 is a fun, comprehensive showcase of the best that the game has to offer for sports fans," said Susan Lomax, WTA Tour Vice President, Worldwide Communications.

"Player profiles, statistics and action photography will continue to be the centerpiece attractions of the book, and we plan to work with Sport Media Publishing to enhance the 2005 edition for both the media and fans." Added David Higdon, ATP Senior Vice President, Communications: "We were pleased with the success of the inaugural joint ATP-WTA Tour guide last year, and this new partnership allows us to distribute and market the Official Guide to more fans throughout the world."

SPORTClassic Books is best known for its "Total" series of sports encyclopedias, including Total Tennis, Total Baseball, Total Basketball, Total Hockey, Total Football, and The Complete Book of the Summer Olympics. Previous tennis titles include a Hall of Fame edition of Frank Deford’s Big Bill Tilden and this summer’s Jimmy Connors Saved My Life by Joel Drucker.

"We’re excited by the opportunity to work with the world’s leading tennis organizations," said SPORTClassic Books publisher Jim O’Leary. "Their Official Guide is an exquisite collection of tennis info and statistics and is a perfect fit in our line of reference titles."

The inaugural Official Guide to Professional Tennis, which included biographies and photos of more than 400 ATP and WTA Tour players, was produced in a first-of-its-kind format with WTA Tour material featured in one half of the book and the ATP in the other half. Readers have the ability to flip the book over to savor comprehensive statistical and biographical information traditionally featured only in each organization's media guide.

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absolutely correct decision. they definitely should have the two number ones on the cover.
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Of course Lindsay should be on the cover.

But where does this article say anything about Masha?

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FINALLY. There was a big debate about this a while ago, that the YE#1 should have it. And lindsay is rightfully on the front cover!

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It's irrelevant to me who is on the cover. But Sharapova clearly out performed Davenport this year winning 2 of the top 5 tournamnsts while Davenport didn't even make a final in any of the top 5 tournaments. That cannot be denied. It's fine that Davenport is honored by being put on the 2005 WTA Tour Guide cover but don't say she had a better year or even an equal year to Sharapova's because that's not the case.

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It's irrelevant to me who is on the cover. But Sharapova clearly out performed Davenport this year winning 2 of the top 5 tournamnsts while Davenport didn't even make a final in any of the top 5 tournaments. That cannot be denied. It's fine that Davenport is honored by being put on the 2005 WTA Tour Guide cover but don't say she had a better year or even an equal year to Sharapova's because that's not the case.

Hey, hey....winning 5 tier II´s and 2 tier I´s is better than winning Wimbledon and the YEC, should know that about now.......

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LOL bandy I should know that by now but I don't! Lindsay had a good year and became a real threat again at the majors. But she failed to deliver in the majors. Ask yourself this bandy, would Lindsay trade her year for Maria's year? The answer is pretty obvious. The answer is yes.

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LOL bandy I should know that by now but I don't! Lindsay had a good year and became a real threat again at the majors. But she failed to deliver in the majors. Ask yourself this bandy, would Lindsay trade her year for Maria's year? The answer is pretty obvious. The answer is yes.

The answer is no....number one to me is more important . Besides sharapova won wimbledon and YEC, a great year no doubt, but also should lose some status for playing those god awful tournaments in sep/oct where she was the ONLY player in the top 30....in other words her points total is padded

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PLUS masha was playing tier III's this year!

LINDSAY DAVENPORT!
Say what you like about Davenport, but shes achieved what most others could only dream of!

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How is it that the 17 year old Sharapova can't play a couple of Tier lll's while the 28 year old Davenport played and won a couple of Tier ll's? It's doesn't make sense.

Alex, making it to #1 only means alot if you win a grand slam singles title that year.

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Correct desicion I feel, however on a personal level would have preffered Masha.

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yes that's a good decision
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A far as the cover goes I am fine with Davenport getting the recognition.

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How is it that the 17 year old Sharapova can't play a couple of Tier lll's while the 28 year old Davenport played and won a couple of Tier ll's? It's doesn't make sense.

Alex, making it to #1 only means alot if you win a grand slam singles title that year.

some Davenport's tier II contained top 5/10 players..sharapovas tier III late in the year had players only hardcore fans would know, if that.

Winning slams is part of the number one ranking but not all of it, I equate it to NASCAR where you can win the championship without winning the Daytona 500. NASCAR promotes the year end champion over the biggest race.

The problem with the WTA and ATP is that they let the majors overide their seasons. Look at the ATP, which allows a major winner to gain a spot into the masters cup even if he is not in the top 8..Thats total crap that rewards a player getting hot for two weeks over a player that has been consistent over 11 months. The majors flex their muscles and the fans/media allow them to. To me I will always see this as a sports fan, the final standings being more important than a couple of weeks in the year.

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