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Opelka Dropping Some Intriguing Tweet Bombs

By Scoop Malinowski

American tennis champion Reilly Opelka is dropping some fascinating tweets today about the inner workings of the ATP ruling powers.

Here are six from today, all dropped in the same hour. Keep in mind, Opelka typically tweets about once or twice a week. His last tweet before today was on August 7. So today he drops six whoppers in the same hour? Something is cooking, folks…

1.) BTW how much did the USTA buy the sanction for? Before everyone starts going crazy about a professional athlete complaining about $, while this is about $, its more about a broken/corrupt system that systematically suppresses talents compensation in this so called partnership.

2.) Oh yeah, and the Cincy purchase was not for the entire tournament, or the facility. That $300M gets you 94% of the men’s sanction.

3.) And even though the ATP bylaws mandate the seller pays the 10% transfer fee(I wonder if they stuck the new owner with that bill and just counted it as a little “tip” just because they could.

4.) Allowing tournaments the continued practice of manipulating their #’s. Just ask anyone involved in the process the difference in the #’s the tournaments used when presenting to potential buyers vs. #’s they used during prize money negotiations.

5.) It seems like our player board reps did a great job negotiating on our behalf…they did get the players 2% prize money increases and agreed to the biggest known sucker play in revenue sharing by agreeing to a % of “NET” profits as opposed to “gross.”

6.) So let me get this straight, Madrid and Cincy sell for $400M/$300M.. in the same year atp board decide to give Masters 1000’s a ton more days while rescinding player commitment protections, leading to way harsher penalties for any missed 1000 events.

It almost feels like some kind of deep state war is on the verge of breaking out. And the side that Opelka is on almost seems to be warning or threatening the other side that they mean business. With all the drama, hypocrisy, and injustice regarding Novak Djokovic, stolen ranking points, Federer and Nadal controlling the ATP Player Council for their own interests, doesn’t it suddenly feel like a volcanic eruption of corruption exposure is inevitable?

We shall see…

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  • Vijay · August 16, 2022 at 7:17 pm

    I don’t think any of this is about Roger or Rafa or their alleged control of the council.

    What this highlights, instead, is the problematic nature of the tennis tour, the organization of the ATP, and how players’ rights are protected.

    The relevant comparison is the PGA tour and the European tour. The players on those tours get so much more of the revenue and have more control over events and compensation. Opelka is noting that the business of tennis, at least as far as the players are concerned, is run by amateurs. Or at the very least, their interests aren’t entirely aligned with those of the players. And here it’s worth giving credit to Novak, for pushing for greater transparency and revenue sharing. But looking at the PGA, they have so much work to do and so far to go.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 16, 2022 at 10:09 pm

    Vijay, then who is behind the curtain running the sport? Gaudenzi is a puppet installed. He’s not the shot caller.

  • Cyndy · August 16, 2022 at 11:44 pm

    Very intriguing them tweets from Opelka., Scoop Malinowski… as you said… ‘we shall see’.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 17, 2022 at 8:40 am

    Yes Cyndy, for Opelka to drop this inside info at the time he has can’t be random or coincidental, something is a afoot.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 22, 2022 at 9:21 pm

    Today Opelka withdrew from US Open. ATP article said Opelka and Zverev withdrew and specified Zverev’s reason was his ankle but no reason was given for Opelka’s withdrawal.

  • Scoop Malinowski · August 22, 2022 at 9:24 pm

    No tweet today from Opelka about his withdrawing from US Open. But his truth bomb tweets about atp business shenanigans are all still on his page. Interesting.



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