Re: Criticisms of Venus withdrawal
Hopman Cup is not a WTA event. So it is doubtful he made Venus enter it, when there are other WTA events going on at the very same time.
Whether or not the WTA is making players enter regular tour events, even when they are not fit and have no intention of playing, I don't know. But the idea that some people think that is proof the WTA is developing an image problem of its own.
What I think many people DO believe these days is that the WTA and the tournments delay announcement of withdrawals, sometimes until the last minute, hoping to sell more tickets in what amounts to a bait and switch scheme.
I think the Willies have just been the most visible players involved in frequent withdrawals, although there are others who have quit tournaments under what may be questionable circumstances.
I think Venus and Serena have actually reached the stage where people are now surprised when they do turn up and play.
Venus played just 18 matches this year, winning 12 of them, but taking no titles and, to my knowledge, not even getting to a final.