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  • Published 12.12.00
Bangalore, Dec. 12 :    Bangalore, Dec. 12:  Paul haarhuis is an angry man. Having dominated doubles with the Woodies for over a decade, the not-so-young Dutchman is saddened by what is happening to an event close to his heart. And he made no effort to conceal his thoughts on the decline of doubles as a spectator sport all over the world. "The ATP is making a horrendous job of promoting doubles in the world," the 34-year-old told The Telegraph shortly after the draw this evening. "A lot of things can be done to revive doubles, but if the ATP is not interested who will do it?" asked Haarhuis, the holder of five Grand Slam titles with retired partner Jacco Eltingh. "Just one thing shows how much interest the ATP has in doubles. This is the world championship, right, but where is Mr Mark Miles (CEO of the ATP Tour)? The message he is sending out by being absent is not good at all. He's not here simply because he cares two hoots for doubles. he is only interested in the big bucks and the big names," Haarhuis exploded, going louder as an ATP official came within earshot. Haarhuis, who'll possibly be playing just three-four tournaments next year (the weeks before Holland's Davis Cup ties), went deeper into the subject: "As far as I'm concerned, tennis is ATP and ATP is singles and doubles, not just singles. Why would they ignore one at the expense of the other?" Valid points all. Will the ATP take notice?