Roddick says players may discuss tour issues

October 10, 2011 - 10:00 AM
China Tennis Shanghai Masters

Andy Roddick of the United States returns the ball to Lu Yen-hsun of Taiwan during their match at the Shanghai ATP Masters 1000 tennis tournament in Shanghai, China, Monday, Oct. 10, 2011. Roddick won 6-2, 3-6, 6-2. (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan)

SHANGHAI (AP) — Andy Roddick says the top men's tennis players may still meet this week in Shanghai to discuss their grievances with the ATP tour, despite the absence of Novak Djokovic and Roger Federer.

Roddick has been among the most vocal proponents for a collective response to complaints about the tour, notably the length of the season and number of tournaments players must enter.

The issues came to a head during the rain-soaked U.S. Open. Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roddick voiced concerns about the conditions of the courts and the condensed schedule that forced Nadal to play three matches in three days.