No concessions for youngerplayers on 'oldies' tennis tour

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1 July 2004 , LONDON- Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker says that recently retired Goran Ivanisevic, 32, shouldn't be expecting any favours if he steps onto the "oldies" circuit in the future. Ivanisevic, who ended his career last week at Wimbledon, has said that playing the Senior tour is one of his future projects. "When younger players join in, like Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek, they will be a great asset to our tour but they have to be aware that we do want to kick their asses," said

1 July 2004

LONDON- Three-time Wimbledon champion Boris Becker says that recently retired Goran Ivanisevic, 32, shouldn't be expecting any favours if he steps onto the "oldies" circuit in the future.

Ivanisevic, who ended his career last week at Wimbledon, has said that playing the Senior tour is one of his future projects.

"When younger players join in, like Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek, they will be a great asset to our tour but they have to be aware that we do want to kick their asses," said Becker, 37. "I thought a few years ago that these old guys wouldn't have a chance against me but guess what, I was beaten the whole time."

The seniors, with 45-year-old John McEnroe and Becker the main draw cards, boast a nine-event schedule. "We can't play 15 or 20 events a year because of our age but the ones we do play we want to win them," said Becker.

"It's dead serious as nobody wants to lose. This is something people forget that it's the seniors tour."

Due to come onto the circuit this season are former French Open champions Jim Courier and Sergi Bruguera and Krajicek, the 1996 Wimbledon winner.

DPA

Subject: German news

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