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Age restriction rule

Is it good or bad for tennis? I think it makes the game a little more boring, because you see a little less burnout, and as much as people don't like to admit it, burnouts (ala Jen) create drama on the tour and give people more to talk about.
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Well, burnouts maybe interesting for someone but in the other hand it's almost always means a broken heart of a player. Imagine how many hours they spend on court, imagine the investment from the familly, all the good moments missed with friends because of the training and THIS for ONE dream which fades away. It's horrible I think.

I remember someone reported that Vika Kutuzova said she was finalyl happy with the AER because she felt exausted. That's reveiling how much from the body and the mentality the Tour demands nowadays.

It may suck a bit for the fans, I have a lot of faves which are under the restriction of the AER and I know how it feels, but for the sake of those players I think it's better for them to have AER. Like someone said.. it's better than nothing.
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AER doesn't stop burn out but at least makes them a bit later.
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It's not much of a rule these days is it - I mean 14 year olds can play something like seven tournaments, whereas I'm sure a few years ago they couldn't play many at all.

Ever since Sharapova the rules seem to get more and more relaxed.

Mirjana Lucic : Australian Open doubles champ and back in Top 100

Jelena Jankovic : US Open finalist 2008 and World No. 1

Jennifer Capriati : 3 Grand Slams, Olympic Gold and World No.1

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just look at all the injuries today and you'll see why it's a good rule
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just look at all the injuries today and you'll see why it's a good rule
Venus and SErena both played very few tournaments, and they have had serious injuries.

AER suck. I think the WTA should let the players and parents worry about burnout. If there is a 13 year old girl right now who can be #1 in the world, she deserves every right to play a full schedule and earn the same kind of money and help her family, financially, just like anybody else.

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just look at all the injuries today and you'll see why it's a good rule
How many of these were underage?
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just look at all the injuries today and you'll see why it's a good rule

the AER as it stands is a bad rule and it has nothing to do with injuries on the tour.
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the players who love AER are Davenport and Mauresmo, because it helps keep them at the top. I've said before, they should cut it back a year so that 17 year old players are unrestricted. It's not uncommon in women's tennis history for 17 year olds to be Slam title contenders.
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I don't believe in age restrictions. Otherwise I wouldna married a 346 year old.

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I don't believe in age restrictions. Otherwise I wouldna married a 346 year old.
Has he been carbon dated yet, Pam?
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just look at all the injuries today and you'll see why it's a good rule

Top Players That Are Injured - Lindsay (1), Maria (2), Sveta (4), S Williams (7), Mary (11), Alicia (13), Nastya (14), Lena B (16), Vera Z (17), Ana (19), Lena L (20), Dani (21), Fran (22), Silvia (23), Anna C (28), Shuai (31), Na, Maria Kirilenko

Top Players That Recently Overcame Injury - Justine (5), Nadia (10), Tati (25)

Top Players Healthy - Amelie (3), Lena D (6), Kim (8), V Williams (9), Patty (12), Nathalie (15), Jelena J (18), Dinara (24), Ai (26), Shinobu (27), Anna Lena (29), Flavia (30), Nicole V (32)



Problem is in "BEST-17" rules IMO. We need maximum "Best-15" rules or less (12 or 13 or 14 is optimum), and after that, nobody in WTA ("old" or "young" or "teen") dont want play more than 20 tournaments in 12 months (except Jelena Jankovic, maybe ). But WTA prefer more "all-star" tournaments, and we (again and again) have situation like this - in Toronto at draw we have almost all best players, like Sharapova, Mauresmo, Serena, Henin, Kim, Kuznetsova, Pierce, Myskina, Ivanovic, Jankovic, Hantuchova, Dechy, Schiavone... and where are is 8 of this 13 tennis stars after only 3 days?
IN HOSPITAL!??!

Age restriction rule is OK, but if WTA dont change "best 17" rule, Age restriction rule will be only one hipocritical rule...

and I'm not even fan of Ana Ivanovic... just an objective observer who realize how perfect she is

AMAZING BELGRADE MIRACLE: In just three years (2008-2011) 5 different players born in same city reach world #1 in rankings and several GS titles and finals (WTA singles: Ana Ivanovic and Jelena Jankovic, ATP singles: Novak Djokovic, ATP doubles: Nenad Zimonjic and Daniel Nestor... with notable performances of Bojana Jovanovski, Janko Tipsarevic and Viktor Troicki which is also all three born in Belgrade)
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