Re: Fines That Would Mean Something
That could work, but why force the players to play in the first place? Things like the French Open, and even the Australian Open are going to get players, so why ask players to put their name on the list in the first place.
If the object is to get crowds to no-name tournaments like the Greymouth Invitational, you only need two, maybe four top players in order to get a crowd there. Why are players busting themselves to be first on the list, then pulling out when they realize it is only going to be a practice session?
Maybe you could offer $500,000 appearance fees, which the player has no right to expect if they don't appear, and call it a fine if you like, but offer it conditionally, so that they don't just elect one player to turn up and collect the fee without playing a decent game of tennis to 'earn' it. Why not arbitrarily, on what the player thinks they are worth, instead of equal fees for all top tier players? Do you think it is wrong to let the players keep their fees if they have a genuine reason for not appearing, such as an injury?