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As far as I can tell, the WTA is a weak inforcer of its rules & regulations. As usual, money and tournament public support seem to be the trump card when it comes to enforcement of the WTA R&R's. The top 10 and marquis female players are "required" to play the Premier tournaments, unless they are injured... Nobody forces an injured player to play a match; that would clearly be insane and irresponsible. What the WTA has introduced, for its premier tournaments, is a requirement for injured players to turn up to the venue, shake a few hands, do some media and sponsor work. If those commitments are fulfilled - and a medical certificate is produced - the fine for not playing will be waived. The player can even turn up on any one of three nominated dates in the future, if more convenient. Tournament organizers work tirelessly on basic salaries to try to get millionaires more millions. The least they can ask is a bit in return.

Serena and Venus seem to come to mind (Indian Wells) where the rules don't apply, or they just ignore them, knowing nothing substantial will result. Anybody out there have a BOO, or two ? That should suffice for not showing up at a Premier tournament !!!
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Wow! This is only your "second" post on under this screen name this forum, and both seem to be focused on disparaging the top two American players. Interesting. :Kim, Come Ready To Play Revenge Tennis !

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I believe you've misspelled your name.

It's supposed to be BullShit!
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"marquis" players

Imagine a Marquis de Sade tennis match

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Wow! This is only your "second" post on under this screen name this forum, and both seem to be focused on disparaging the top two American players. Interesting. :Kim, Come Ready To Play Revenge Tennis !
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As far as I can tell, the WTA is a weak inforcer of its rules & regulations. As usual, money and tournament public support seem to be the trump card when it comes to enforcement of the WTA R&R's. The top 10 and marquis female players are "required" to play the Premier tournaments, unless they are injured... Nobody forces an injured player to play a match; that would clearly be insane and irresponsible. What the WTA has introduced, for its premier tournaments, is a requirement for injured players to turn up to the venue, shake a few hands, do some media and sponsor work. If those commitments are fulfilled - and a medical certificate is produced - the fine for not playing will be waived. The player can even turn up on any one of three nominated dates in the future, if more convenient. Tournament organizers work tirelessly on basic salaries to try to get millionaires more millions. The least they can ask is a bit in return.

Serena and Venus seem to come to mind (Indian Wells) where the rules don't apply, or they just ignore them, knowing nothing substantial will result. Anybody out there have a BOO, or two ? That should suffice for not showing up at a Premier tournament !!!
It was not a boo or two and you know it.

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As far as I can tell, the WTA is a weak inforcer of its rules & regulations. As usual, money and tournament public support seem to be the trump card when it comes to enforcement of the WTA R&R's. The top 10 and marquis female players are "required" to play the Premier tournaments, unless they are injured...
You didn't read the rule.

The top players are not 'required' to play in events. They incur certain penalties if they DON'T play certain events. And if they don't meet certain promotional requirements, they incur MORE penalties.

Venus and Serena have opted to accept the penalties, as stated in the rules. One might add, according to Larry, and both WIlliams sisters, they discussed those penalties before the 'Roadmap' was implemented. And of course bnpparibas sponsored the exo Venus played after Acapulco. Simply put, the rules, as written, give the rich players a lot of leeway. If you can afford to lose a half million dollars, and half a mandatory 'zero' in your ranking, and are popular enough to do 'promotional' events, of value, at remote locations, you don't have to play 'mandatory' tournaments. You don't have to come NEAR the mandatory events.

And it's all according to the rules, AS WRITTEN.

Of course, how many players are in that situation .....

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Volcana,

Your explanation was accurate. Thanks for the correction.

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