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We are allowing anonymous Letters to the Editor because we understand your position and have experienced USTA backlash to dissenting voices ourselves. Please be aware whenever a letter is signed with The Commish it's always a tennis director, a teaching professional, a vendor or a USTA insider who is in fear of retribution. Thank you. We look forward to the day when everyone can voice their opinion freely and without fear.

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Peng Shuai

 

I really liked how the WTA responded to the mysterious case of Peng Shuai disappearing after accusing a high ranking Chinese official of assaulting her. Since I have known and respected WTA CEO Steve Simon from his time as Tournament Director of the BNP Paribas Open, I sent him a short note:

Hi Steve,

 

Just wanted to let you know that I like you showing backbone in the Peng Shuai case. You have my full support and I know a lot of tennis folks think the same.

 

Thank you,

Rich Neher

Steve was kind enough to reply:

Hi Rich,

 

Thank you for taking the time to share your support for this unfortunate issue.  There is a long and challenging road ahead, but we will work through it with the hope for a positive result.

 

With best regards.

 

Steve

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In response to our reporting about USTA sections

 

 

October 15, 2021

Thank God the Southern California section of the USTA sucks so badly at growing tennis and does so well at pissing people off, they’re doing a tremendous job helping my league and tournament business.

 

The Commish

Everywhere, USA

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In response to Rich Neher's article

Anyone Insane Enough to Think We Know What the Hell We’re Doing?

 

November 3, 2021

Rich,

 

Lawyers are destroying the insurance industry, many businesses, heck, the entire country. Just look at our politicians. Aren't most of them lawyers? Despicable. I know. There's  couple in my family. To hell with all of them.

The Commish

Everywhere, USA

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October 29, 2021

Rich,

 

Great job…keep up the great articles!!!  With you 100%.

Jerome F. Simon
Director of Tennis

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