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I am so sick of Age Eligibility Rules

I just read the Hingis/Kournikova interview and even they think this is ridiculous.

They need to be relaxed or abolished altogether. If the WTA really wants it's mojo back, they need to reconsider how it got so many stars in the first place - teenage girls.

There is really no contrasting of generations anymore, or a changing of the guard, just a constant flux of uncertainty of who will win (like Roland Garros) if Williams and Belgium goes out of a Grand Slam.

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Re: I am so sick of Age Eligibility Rules

I think there should be some limit but the current limits are way too harsh.

I think Robson is only allowed play 12 WTA/ITF tourneys a year or something ridiculous.
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I think there should be some limit but the current limits are way too harsh.

I think Robson is only allowed play 12 WTA/ITF tourneys a year or something ridiculous.
The way the game is played today, do you honestly think that 14-17 yr. old girls can have success that they are incapable of at age 18?

Are we going to pimp out young girls to attract more fans? Is that the answer? I don't understand what would be the point of it. Anna talks about how hard it was for her a a young girls to deal with so many people pulling on her, thank God her mother protected her, 'cuz I remember a lot of shuttlebutt about her and grown hockey players. Is that the kind of buzz that you all want to grow the Sport? Geez.
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There was a very good reason this rule was put in place.

There were lot burnout, as a result of parent treating their kids as cash cow, meal ticket.

They put so much pressure on the kids, using abusive language if they don't win, booking them for too many tournaments way over their phsyical capacity.

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Agree. AER should exist, but not to this limit. It's way too harsh.-
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Re: I am so sick of Age Eligibility Rules

I think AER should exist, but be loosened. 17 year olds should be allowed to play as many tournaments as they want. 16 year olds maybe like 18. 15 year olds maybe 15. 14 year olds 12?

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I think AER should exist, but be loosened. 17 year olds should be allowed to play as many tournaments as they want. 16 year olds maybe like 18. 15 year olds maybe 15. 14 year olds 12?
OK, so you allow kids to play a few more events on the tour. That accomplishes what? Particularly when the likelyhood is they will be eliminated early in those events - like Robson. The cream rises. If the girls are good enuf to compete at 16 they'll be good enough at 18.
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The way the game is played today, do you honestly think that 14-17 yr. old girls can have success that they are incapable of at age 18?

Are we going to pimp out young girls to attract more fans? Is that the answer? I don't understand what would be the point of it. Anna talks about how hard it was for her a a young girls to deal with so many people pulling on her, thank God her mother protected her, 'cuz I remember a lot of shuttlebutt about her and grown hockey players. Is that the kind of buzz that you all want to grow the Sport? Geez.
Her mother was the problem, she should never have took Anna from Nick. Alla wasn't a tennis coach, she was the one who ruined Anna's career.

The rules for 16/17 year olds should be relaxed, for 14/15 year olds I don't agree they should be relaxed.

The age restrictions stop girls from playing quality tennis early in their career and playing an ITF/Junior mix seems stupid and pointless.
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Totally agree , here is the main explanation why there are any under 18 girl on top 100 and only two 18 years old on
And after that WTA will be sorry for the lack of new talents on the tour, ridiculous
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Re: I am so sick of Age Eligibility Rules

There's two ways of looking at it:

First of all, women's tennis has lost a generation of stars: Sharapova, Vaidisova, Ivanovic. Sharapova is a sick note, Vaidisova lost motivation and Ivanovic is not in much better condition.

Now, on one hand the age eligibility rule did nothing to protect those women. A player can burn out physically and mentally at any age, as they would exemplify. On the other hand, all of those women were world class before the age of 18 and by the age of 20/21 were on a downward spiral from which to date they have never recovered, suffering mentally and/or physically. Surely that is an argument to prevent even worse burnout amongst younger players who are physically and emotionally still less developed?
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The girls are playing week in and week out anyways with the junior tour....it's just ridiculous.


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Re: I am so sick of Age Eligibility Rules

To say its because they dont play enough tournaments is kind of ridiculous. Increasing the number of tournaments will help a lot and improve their results, but since they lose early most of the time anyways, one has to wonder to what extent their results would improve.

I do have to agree with VSFan1 and Steffica and simonsays

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Have they not been in place since like '94?
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