Tournie Director's Dilemma...
Imagine you are a tournament director of a... let's say a Tier 4 or 5 event. And you have two top players who want to play in your event really, really badly, but you can only afford having one of them in your event.
An example of this was when it was reported that both Anna Kournikova and Venus Williams had submitted requests to play in Auckland. The tournament organizer eventually went with Kournikova because she asked to play first.
Let's assume that both players made a request to play at the same time. Assume that the tournament is held in a place that is neutral to both players. And lastly, assume that the players in question want to play your event really, really badly. Which player is the bigger drawcard for your Tier 5 event? Who would you go with from the following examples?
Kim Clijsters or Justine Henin?
Martina Hingis or Anna Kournikova?
Venus Williams or Serena Williams? (Probably unlikely, but give it a whirl)
Jelena Dokic or Elena Dementieva?
Lindsay Davenport or Jennifer Capriati
Arantxa Sanchez Vicario or Conchita Martinez?
Monica Seles or Steffi Graf? (Let's pretend it's 1995, they're co-ranked and they're both desperate for match play)
Mary Pierce or Amelie Mauresmo?
Martina Navratilova or Chris Evert? (Highly unlikely in their hey-day, but hey...)
" The more you sweat in training, the less you bleed in battle "
" When you're not training, someone else is training... TO KICK YOUR ASS! "
" It's not the size of the dog in a fight, but the size of the fight in a dog. "
You Crazy Bitches Rock 2003:
Jelena Dokic - Kim Clijsters - Anna Kournikova - Francesca Schiavone - Ashley Harkleroad - Dinara Safina - Alicia Molik
You Dirty Bastards Rule 2003:
Marat Safin - Lleyton Hewitt - Andy Roddick - Nicolas Kiefer - Olivier Rochus - Tommy Robredo - Mikhail Youzhny
7 February 2003 : Best of Luck in Retirement MARTINA HINGIS!