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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old Feb 28th, 2005, 08:37 PM Thread Starter
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Tell me WHY players like Venus compete when injured?

I'm a little pissed off that Venus played and lost in a match in which she was clearly injured. Knowing she had stomach problems, for no reason should she have wasted airfair to Dubai and then promptly lost her first match.

But Venus is not the only one. Several players have done this.

I can never understand what makes players go out into the tennis court and compete with serious injuries.

It doesn't make sense to me. It makes me wonder how much pressure tennis players are given to make sure they keep their commitments, injured or not.

Get better Venus, but damn don't go to Miami if this stomach problem hasn't completely healed.
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there are some injuries that you can play with

venus must have thought even with her injury that she was fit enough to compete otherwise she would have retired during the match
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I didn't think the stomach was the problem today...

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Could a be a variety of things:

1) bad medical advice

2) the player thinks he/she can play with/through the injury

3) player thinks injury is not so bad

4) player is afraid that will get criticized for pulling out of tournament, faking etc

5) stupidity

I think in this situation players should be 'selfish' (really, it's just being smart) and do whatever is necessary to put their health first. End of story.
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uhh...appearance fees. You see things like this on the men's tour all the time.

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You people are so naive it kills me sometimes.

You can bet that Venus received an appearance fee of 100-200 thousand dollars for showing up.
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You people are so naive it kills me sometimes.

You can bet that Venus received an appearance fee of 100-200 thousand dollars for showing up.
if venus risked aggravating an injury that took her out for 6 months for $100,000 or $200,000 then she is very stupid indeed.

playing to get bonuses ala marat safin is one thing but playing for those bonusing and risking your career at the same time is a different matter alltogether...it's crazy!
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You people are so naive it kills me sometimes.

You can bet that Venus received an appearance fee of 100-200 thousand dollars for showing up.
A highly motivating factor, I'm sure. I wonder if they will pay thou. I don't remember the details very well, but it seems to me they did not pay Federer one year because they thought he tanked. I am not suggesting Venus tanked, but that they might consider her statement that she was injured in Antwerp grounds enough to withhold payment.
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venus gets critized left and right for every little thing she does........had she retired half of this board would be saying....look at her not letting silvia beat her and not giving her credit.....maybe some of you haters could learn to shut your mouths when you say that she always quits if she is losing.......she didnt quit today now did she
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You people are so naive it kills me sometimes.

You can bet that Venus received an appearance fee of 100-200 thousand dollars for showing up.
It has been reporte $650,000.00

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I'm a little pissed off that Venus played and lost in a match in which she was clearly injured. Knowing she had stomach problems, for no reason should she have wasted airfair to Dubai and then promptly lost her first match.

But Venus is not the only one. Several players have done this.

I can never understand what makes players go out into the tennis court and compete with serious injuries.

It doesn't make sense to me. It makes me wonder how much pressure tennis players are given to make sure they keep their commitments, injured or not.

Get better Venus, but damn don't go to Miami if this stomach problem hasn't completely healed.
Well, she's injured in just about every match she loses. Sometimes no one knows about the injury until her post-match press conferences. However, I'll give her a break because she is the more regal of the two.

She's paid her dues ten fold. If she wants to be "injured", then let her.
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venus gets critized left and right for every little thing she does........had she retired half of this board would be saying....look at her not letting silvia beat her and not giving her credit.....maybe some of you haters could learn to shut your mouths when you say that she always quits if she is losing.......she didnt quit today now did she
It's not about hating Venus for crying out loud. It's about what prompts a player, such as Venus, to risk injury when she has not business being out on court.
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Venus neither wins or loses in this situation frankly. I wish she didn't play with the injury but at the same time I understand some of the why's. Obligation perhaps, really wanting to be there Get well Venus and come back strong. I definitely agree with VeeReeFan.

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