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Serena won't play Indian Wells; WTA's new rule won't change it

Serena won't play Indian Wells; WTA's new rule won't change it



Serena and Venus Williams' ongoing boycott of the Pacific Life Open at Indian Wells, Calif., could jeopardize their participation at other tournaments under recently adopted rules for mandatory events set to kick in next year. But provisions in the rules should allow the sisters to avoid suspensions.
Approved by the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour board at Wimbledon, the new rules stipulate that players who withdraw from one of the tour's five "premier" events (Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid, Beijing and the Tour Championships) face fines as well as a two-tournament ban at the next two premier events unless they perform promotional activities for the missed event. That obligation can be met during the tournament or within a year.

Current penalties include fines, but no suspension.

"It would have to be activities mutually agreed upon between the tournament and the tour," WTA CEO Larry Scott said earlier this month, and must fall within a 125-mile radius of the event. That leaves plenty of flexibility.

The Williams sisters have steadfastly declined to participate at the Pacific Life Open since 2001. That year, Venus defaulted to Serena minutes before their semifinal started. Spectators subsequently jeered Serena in the final. The sisters and their father, Richard, have said they believe the crowd's actions were racially motivated.


"Hopefully they'll play, but if they don't they will have to do what any other player would have to do," Scott said of the two multiple major winners.

Monday at the Bank of the West Classic in Palo Alto, Calif., top-seeded Serena reiterated her unwillingness to play in the California desert near Palm Springs.

"I'm not going to Indian Wells," said the fifth-ranked American, who lost the Wimbledon final to older sister Venus. "That's just the bottom line."

"I honestly don't think they would want me to go," she added when asked about fulfilling promotional obligations to avoid a suspension. "I wouldn't have anything positive to say. It would be kind of shooting themselves in the foot. I would be more than happy to go and tell them how I really feel."

Serena's agent, Jill Smoller, said the eight-time Grand Slam champ would meet her obligations so that she could compete at the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida, which is the week after Indian Wells. Serena has won the Key Biscayne event five times.

"Some things you have to stand up for," Serena said. "There's been a lot of people in the past that are my race that have stood up for a lot more than not playing Indian Wells. That's the least I can do."
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Good decision

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Good, if I honestly thought I was treated wrong for my race I wouldnt go either. Anyone who says they need to get over it are probably white or a minority themselves with no backbone.
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Good for Serena sticking to her guns, even in the face of a fine/suspension, she's a very principled person

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I don't get why so much attention is given to this. Serena and Venus have made it clear they aren't playing. The event goes on fine and the Williams sisters (rightfully) stick by their decision. End of.
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I don't get why so much attention is given to this. Serena and Venus have made it clear they aren't playing. The event goes on fine and the Williams sisters (rightfully) stick by their decision. End of.
Because they are going to get fined for this . Which is obviously unfair. Otherwise, I agree with you.
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Larry scott sucks.

Good for serena for sticking with her decision.

She won't get fined or suspended i'm sure. WTA already lost henin and they certainly don't wan't to lose the william sisters.

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Good that Serena is sticking with her decisions.

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what this is so stupid whats this got to do wit race? the crowd were not nice to her which was unacceptable but it was because they thought venus pulling out of her semi last minute with a packed stadium was wrong and were angry. had serena beat venus in the semi's the crowd would have been totaly on the side of serena in the final, but most of the people attending the final were the same that felt they were robbed of a semi final because the sisters didn't want to play each other. race had nothing to do with it, like i said had serena beaten venus fairly in the semi's the crowd would have been on her side!

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Stop this sick obsession already! They are NEVER going back to Indian Wells.

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what this is so stupid whats this got to do wit race? the crowd were not nice to her which was unacceptable but it was because they thought venus pulling out of her semi last minute with a packed stadium was wrong and were angry. had serena beat venus in the semi's the crowd would have been totaly on the side of serena in the final, but most of the people attending the final were the same that felt they were robbed of a semi final because the sisters didn't want to play each other. race had nothing to do with it, like i said had serena beaten venus fairly in the semi's the crowd would have been on her side!
Richard claimed that he was called racial slurs and that one person threatend to skin him alive.
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Because they are going to get fined for this . Which is obviously unfair. Otherwise, I agree with you.
Oh right, good point. I don't agree with this fining thing at all.

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what this is so stupid whats this got to do wit race? the crowd were not nice to her which was unacceptable but it was because they thought venus pulling out of her semi last minute with a packed stadium was wrong and were angry. had serena beat venus in the semi's the crowd would have been totaly on the side of serena in the final, but most of the people attending the final were the same that felt they were robbed of a semi final because the sisters didn't want to play each other. race had nothing to do with it, like i said had serena beaten venus fairly in the semi's the crowd would have been on her side!
Whether it's to do with race or not, if a player feels uncomfortable in a tournament due to whatever reason, they have the right not to go back there again. It's pretty simple. And they shouldn't be fined for it either.
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Richard claimed that he was called racial slurs and that one person threatend to skin him alive.
i didn't know that, but then i never truely trust anything richard says. i dont realy mind either way if serena plays IW or not she hasn't for 7 years and its made no difference, though this wont be the only case like this with IW and miami there will be others not playing 1 making up stupid injuries or getting fined!

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what this is so stupid whats this got to do wit race? the crowd were not nice to her which was unacceptable but it was because they thought venus pulling out of her semi last minute with a packed stadium was wrong and were angry. had serena beat venus in the semi's the crowd would have been totaly on the side of serena in the final, but most of the people attending the final were the same that felt they were robbed of a semi final because the sisters didn't want to play each other. race had nothing to do with it, like i said had serena beaten venus fairly in the semi's the crowd would have been on her side!
i partially agree with what you said.
race got nothing to with it true.

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What Serena went through in 2001 was horrendous- I wouldn't wish that on my enemy !
Hmm but how is Serena and Venus going to perform promotional activities for IW??When clearly they hate the event...


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