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Williams sisters' never-ending Indian Wells saga

Williams sisters' never-ending Indian Wells saga
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REHASHING THE WILLIAMS SISTERS IW CONTROVERSY: The tennis message boards continue to rage with discussion about whether Serena and Venus Williams should play '09 Indian Wells, and if they don't, what type of suspension they should face? There are four critical points that are being overlooked:

1: According to Sony Ericsson WTA CEO Larry Scott, the use of "emotional distress" as an excuse for not playing (which ******************** unearthed in January) was declared invalid at a WTA board meeting in March.

2. Sources say that is unlikely that either Venus or Serena will face a significant suspension (although they could face major fines), especially one that will result in them being booted from Miami. The tour is floating the idea around that if a player shows up at the tournament that she's skipping and does media, corporate and fans appearances (like Maria Sharapova did at '08 Miami) that might be enough to keep her out of hot water. They might also be able to put in major promotional appearances elsewhere. But … how does that satisfy a tournament that is being forced to put significantly more prize money to be called a "mandated" event and can't sell tickets off the stars who are boycotting it?

3. Scott is unlikely to butt heads with Venus, a player whom he is close to and who has consistently stepped up to the plate for the tour on major political issues.

4. With all the hand-wringing on both sides of the IW Williams boycott issue, one extremely important development has never occurred that might entice the sisters to return: a massive letter writing campaign from Indian Wells fans imploring the sisters to return.
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though i believe they should forgive and forget, and play this tournement they were made to feel like they did something wrong, The media has tried to make it out that the sister are in consistant comptetion and never understand just how hard it may be to face each and be so close of court and it has no doubt tested there relationship, as a result they feel justified to skip a tournement
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Williams sisters' never-ending Indian Wells saga
By Matthew Cronin, ********************

REHASHING THE WILLIAMS SISTERS IW CONTROVERSY: The tennis message boards continue to rage with discussion about whether Serena and Venus Williams should play '09 Indian Wells, and if they don't, what type of suspension they should face? There are four critical points that are being overlooked:

1: According to Sony Ericsson WTA CEO Larry Scott, the use of "emotional distress" as an excuse for not playing (which ******************** unearthed in January) was declared invalid at a WTA board meeting in March.

2. Sources say that is unlikely that either Venus or Serena will face a significant suspension (although they could face major fines), especially one that will result in them being booted from Miami. The tour is floating the idea around that if a player shows up at the tournament that she's skipping and does media, corporate and fans appearances (like Maria Sharapova did at '08 Miami) that might be enough to keep her out of hot water. They might also be able to put in major promotional appearances elsewhere. But … how does that satisfy a tournament that is being forced to put significantly more prize money to be called a "mandated" event and can't sell tickets off the stars who are boycotting it?

3. Scott is unlikely to butt heads with Venus, a player whom he is close to and who has consistently stepped up to the plate for the tour on major political issues.

4. With all the hand-wringing on both sides of the IW Williams boycott issue, one extremely important development has never occurred that might entice the sisters to return: a massive letter writing campaign from Indian Wells fans imploring the sisters to return.
He is so talking about WTAWorld.
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A letter writing campaign? They are not coming back to IW, no amount of apologies or support letters will change that. Anyone know if Venus or someone in the Williams camp apologized when they cancelled their match minutes before it was supposed to start?

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Haha, true.
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Who cares what they say. People just don't get what it's like to deal with booing, possible racist comments, etc if they have never had to be made to feel that way over such a long period of time. The sisters are not going back to that place. Why is it so important to them. They should have let it go. If the sisters don't want to play there anymore then let it be.

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Who cares what they say. People just don't get what that's like if they never had to be made to feel that way over such a long period. The sisters are not going back to that place. Why is it so important to them. They should have let it go if the sisters didn't want to play there anymore then let it be.

They are not letting it go because V&S are the ones who put butts in the seats and bring in top $ for the WTA....No one else does that and I mean no one. Wait, if you add Lindsay and and the sisters it's even more $. Ana, JJ, Kuzy, or maria can't do it that is why they are so hell bent on getting them back there. I would not be surprise if V&S would not let their ranking drop out of the top ten just not to be back there.
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By Matthew Cronin, ********************

REHASHING THE WILLIAMS SISTERS IW CONTROVERSY: The tennis message boards continue to rage with discussion about whether Serena and Venus Williams should play '09 Indian Wells, and if they don't, what type of suspension they should face? There are four critical points that are being overlooked:

1: According to Sony Ericsson WTA CEO Larry Scott, the use of "emotional distress" as an excuse for not playing (which ******************** unearthed in January) was declared invalid at a WTA board meeting in March.

2. Sources say that is unlikely that either Venus or Serena will face a significant suspension (although they could face major fines), especially one that will result in them being booted from Miami. The tour is floating the idea around that if a player shows up at the tournament that she's skipping and does media, corporate and fans appearances (like Maria Sharapova did at '08 Miami) that might be enough to keep her out of hot water. They might also be able to put in major promotional appearances elsewhere. But … how does that satisfy a tournament that is being forced to put significantly more prize money to be called a "mandated" event and can't sell tickets off the stars who are boycotting it?

3. Scott is unlikely to butt heads with Venus, a player whom he is close to and who has consistently stepped up to the plate for the tour on major political issues.

4. With all the hand-wringing on both sides of the IW Williams boycott issue, one extremely important development has never occurred that might entice the sisters to return: a massive letter writing campaign from Indian Wells fans imploring the sisters to return.
Maybe IW should have thought of their profit margins before they allowed Serena and Venus to be barracked for a few hours.

Instead of a letter writing campaign to the sisters, how about one for the sisters? We could write to the WTA to demand they be exempted from the rule in this instance. How about we support the RIGHTS of individuals over the WISHES of big businesses.

Bottom line - The sisters are not going to budge. The tour cannot get what they want so instead of a lose-lose situation they should create a win-win situation.

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Williams sisters' never-ending Indian Wells saga
By Matthew Cronin, ********************

REHASHING THE WILLIAMS SISTERS IW CONTROVERSY: The tennis message boards continue to rage with discussion about whether Serena and Venus Williams should play '09 Indian Wells, and if they don't, what type of suspension they should face? There are four critical points that are being overlooked:

1: According to Sony Ericsson WTA CEO Larry Scott, the use of "emotional distress" as an excuse for not playing (which ******************** unearthed in January) was declared invalid at a WTA board meeting in March.

2. Sources say that is unlikely that either Venus or Serena will face a significant suspension (although they could face major fines), especially one that will result in them being booted from Miami. The tour is floating the idea around that if a player shows up at the tournament that she's skipping and does media, corporate and fans appearances (like Maria Sharapova did at '08 Miami) that might be enough to keep her out of hot water. They might also be able to put in major promotional appearances elsewhere. But … how does that satisfy a tournament that is being forced to put significantly more prize money to be called a "mandated" event and can't sell tickets off the stars who are boycotting it?

3. Scott is unlikely to butt heads with Venus, a player whom he is close to and who has consistently stepped up to the plate for the tour on major political issues.

4. With all the hand-wringing on both sides of the IW Williams boycott issue, one extremely important development has never occurred that might entice the sisters to return: a massive letter writing campaign from Indian Wells fans imploring the sisters to return.
Nothing new.The guy has just read some threads here and on other message boards to write this.How about working a little more Matt ?
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another Indian Wells thread...

...its not a "never ending saga"...

...its been over since they said, 'good bye and they weren't coming back'...

...issue over, now if people would just move on with their lives like The Sisters have.
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another Indian Wells thread...

...its not a "never ending saga"...

...its been over since they said, 'good bye and they weren't coming back'...

...issue over, now if people would just move on with their lives like The Sisters have.
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Yeah I know the sisters put people in the seats but the saga is only continues because of Indian Wells. It's too bad so leave the sisters alone. Now you want to make something mandatory because people don't have to or want to go to your tournament. Slams are not even mandatory so why make this mandatory. It's all hilarious.
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...one extremely important development has never occurred that might entice the sisters to return: a massive letter writing campaign from Indian Wells fans imploring the sisters to return.
Don't hold your breath.

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