The WTA has always been on our asses for being too controversial and shocking. As you can tell from their official website, they like to be very PC and family-friendly. The liberal politics and general craziness of non-tennis is probably extremely off-putting to them. The WTA has a lot of say on this board. They're the whole reason we had to change the name in the first place. I guess the ATP doesn't really give a shit what MTF does since it's not that popular, but TF is much more popular and the WTA wants us to play by their rules.
As stated above ITT, I rather quickly came up with my own "work around" (bookmarking http://www.tennisforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=13
for NT, then just using Page Up and clicking TennisForum.com for the homepage; often returning later to NT via my bookmark, so its not a problem.
But I want to address what you said about WTA influence and/or pressure. In terms of the renaming, WTA World was arguably violating their trademark, as the WTA in that obviously didn't mean World Telecommunications Assn or something. But they have absolutely no right now to influence the content. Womens tennis is a generic thing, not
their fucking property! (Or the ITF's etc).
Sometime read the stories on http://www.nfl.com
, where their writers themselves
rip teams, coaches, and players. Whereas former WTA CEO Larry Scott's name was affixed to a terribly
condescending email to the tennis writers community that I saw a copy of, offering to "help"
them say "Sony Ericsson WTA" in their stories.
I presume "more than a few" in effect replied to him and his media flack (Andrew Walker) that if he wanted them to mention the title sponsors' name all the time, just fucking request that they do (and of course "compliance" is voluntary, though he could have them stonewalled @ post match press conferences). But do not talk to them like they fucking work for either the WTA or for Sony-Ericsson, Larry.