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U.S. Open's TV scheduling has Becker talking strike

Boris Becker threatened to call a players' strike at next year's U.S. Open to stop what he called the "dictatorship of television." "I find it incredible that at Flushing Meadow we can have only one night of rest between a hard semifinal on Saturday and a hard final on Sunday," Becker told the German magazine Stern in an interview published Tuesday.

"This (schedule) is dictated by American television, which naturally hopes to achieve the highest possible ratings," he said. "I am against this television dictatorship in tennis."

Becker said he had already complained to officials of CBS Sports and said the four semifinalists should refuse to play their matches if things do not change next year.

"I would take part in a strike in any case," Becker said. "It would be a strike against television greed and for better tennis."

Susan Kerr, a CBS spokeswoman, said the network would not comment on Becker's statement. Ed Fabricus, a spokesman for the U.S. Tennis Association, also declined comment.

Davis Cup ballboy tryouts are Nov. 3

Ballboy and ballgirl tryouts for the Davis Cup final will be held at noon Saturday, Nov. 3, at McMullen Tennis Complex in Clearwater.

Applicants must be the minimum age of 12. Applications can be obtained at Sports Unlimited stores at 13455 U.S. Highway 19 in Clearwater and at Hillsborough Avenue and State Road 60 in Tampa. For more information, call 825-3146 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

The Davis Cup final between the United States and Australia is Nov. 30-Dec. 2 at the Florida Suncoast Dome.