Tennis fans cheated out of natural progression of champions by sudden retirements
Okay, this thread is just an extension of the discussion I had with my friend yesterday who knows a LOT more about tennis, and sports in general, than me. We were talking about the constant withdrawal from tournaments of the Williams sisters with injuries and how it affects the tour. My friend was of the opinion that, as long as the sisters come back to play for some extended duration eventually, it doesn't affect the tour that much.He says, as long as the recent champions of the tour (Justine and Clijsters) are given an opportunity to play against the slumping but always dangerous previous champions of the tour (Serena, Venus, Jennifer, Lindsay), then the tour would have a natural progression of champions.
He thinks most sports follow the same set of scripts and one of the most important plots in these scripts is the "former-champion-in-the-twilights-of-her-career vs an-upcomer-pretender-to-the-throne" matches. So, that's why he is very critical of Martina Hingis, who he thinks retired from the tour just when she figured out she is not the number one girl on the tour anymore. He says she was a "coward" (his words and I think that's harsh) for not playing against the big babes when they were just about to ascend to the throne. He thinks this created a void in the tour and did tennis a greater disservice b/c it removed a slight bit of credibility from the next set of champions/dominators of the tour.
I have to admit I had to agree with him (which I don't like to do) in the end, do you? Do you believe Martina's sudden retirement did tennis a greater disservice than the constant withdrawal of the sisters?