When you have an tournament in your own country you don't miss, sorry. Is not the only one who has to prepare for hard court and had to defend points. Here i'm not agree with persons who found excuses for Sorana. The only acceptable excuses are injuries. I'm dissapointed of her.
I couldn't disagree more.
Sorana, as every other tennis player, has to care for herself first. She has to plan her season, arrange her schedule and make the decisions in accordance to her coach or coaching system to get the best possible results.
Fans are becoming more and more important in the tennis business, but we must accept that the players we cheer for need to take the responsibility for their success and failures and not we as fans. If Sorana would play this event only for the sake of keeping up her appearances as a person of interest, just to pull a tank job in the first two rounds because she actually wished to be somewhere else, her reputation would be taking a much bigger hit. And I know how big the lamentating and crying is in 'Sori's Soirée' after every early loss of hers.
Just look at the ATP event in Serbia that got cancelled due to monetarian problems. None of their top players showed up in the latest editions simply because it didn't meet their schedule (and we are talking here about a clay court event in clay season). Did it hurt their reputation in their home country? Hardly. Do they lack patriotic feelings. Not at all.
I can understand the disappointment of the fans that would like to see her play, but I am fine with her decision. Look at th amount of Top 10 Players and tennis stars that couldn't care less to represent their countries in the lower tiers of Fed or Davis Cup. Sorana has always played in the past. We should give her a break.
I agree. Queen Monica hates clay and playing in Bucharest will probably fuck her up like she mentioned in that interview (even if she loses in R1). But it doesn't matter because promoting her sport in her home country and meeting with Romanian fans is more important.
This is true although the prospect of going far in the doubles competition makes this event still pretty attractive for Monica. I guess she would have been in Romania, anyway, right after Wimbledon taking a week off. She will just try to enjoy.