ATP tries to consolidate after a turbulent two years

The players have frequently sparred with outgoing ATP chief Etienne de Villiers during his 2½-year tenure. How will they fare in the revamped circuit he's leaving behind?

Originally Published: November 6, 2008
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

When the ATP board meets in Shanghai next week to hammer out the final details for 2009's newly christened "ATP World Tour," thoughts of Rafael Nadal will hang in the air when the topic of tournament suspensions comes up.

The world No. 1 pulled out of the season-ending Masters Cup on Monday after hurting his knee at Paris last week, creating an intriguing test case for board members to ponder: suspension-worthy or not suspension-worthy?

The nine ATP Masters Series ...

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