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?