I agree with the point, that the women really need to start DEMANDING their fair share. But the WTA also has to start asserting more authority (i.e. much harsher penalties for withdrawls/no-shows) over their players, as well. In addition to much larger monetary fines/deductions, they should also strip the player of a large chunk of their ranking points. That would certainly HURT!
But at the same time, the WTA has to make the their Tier I (and Tier II) tournaments so enticing (financially and ranking-wise) and rewarding, that they would be comitting career suicide if they missed them. Theoretically, whatever is good for the tour in the long-run, can only benefit the players as well. Both sides have responsibilities to fulfill.
The WTA has more marketable players than the ATP, and yet they're failing to get the prize money on par with the men. Because contrary to what some people might say, I personally believe that the market and demand is there for the women. The Grand Slams are a start; but the sooner the WTA makes a concerted effort to upgrade the money at ALL tournaments, the better. I believe that they should take a look, and separate the "pretender" tournaments, from the "real deal" ones (most financially viable and marketable).
All the more puzzling, is that Larry Scott was the former head of the ATP; yet he's demonstrating that he's a complete and utter moron, by his handling of the WTA. Sure he's gotten a title sponsor or two; but what else? The women's game is booming, yet he's been unable to fully exploit and develop it.
Last edited by Atrixo; Aug 16th, 2005 at 05:04 AM.