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Serena criticizes Olympic eligibility rules
Ticker - Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Serena Williams criticizes the ITF for making Fed Cup participation mandatory in order to be eligible for the Olympics. Williams, who had not played Fed Cup since 2007, played in two ties this year, but will still have to appeal her eligibilty to the Olympic Committee because she did not meet the current criteria, which says that players have to make themselves available for two ties in the two years prior to the Games.

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"I think that tennis is one of the few sports in which you play so long and you play all year for your country and then you still have to prove yourself playing for your country again," she told reporters. "I do enjoy playing Fed Cup, I love the Fed Cup captains. I loved working with Mary Joe Fernández, I loved working with Zina Garrison and had the privilege of working with Billie Jean King. So it is not an issue of whether I am playing or not, it is more an issue of forcing players to play on top of the required weeks, having to play additional weeks. For instance, me having to travel to Ukraine where I couldn't play a tournament like [Stuttgart]. I wanted to play there but I couldn't because of my Fed Cup commitment. I mean, it is an extra commitment for the players and it is nothing that the WTA ... We all really agree that it's not cool and its not really fair. It's always been an issue and it wasn't handled the way it should have been handled."
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Re: BOMBSHELL: Serena might not be going to the Olympics!!!

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Re: BOMBSHELL: Serena might not be going to the Olympics!!!

Stop your shit. She will be there.


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Wait, Serena wanted to play Stuttgart?

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Re: BOMBSHELL: Serena might not be going to the Olympics!!!

Sorry, I just wanted to know if the ITF regulations, may compromise Serena's participation at the Olympics
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It would not be interesting without her.
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Serena will probably go to the Olympics, because if she won't, that would be a crime. The Olympics' spirit is about having all the best athletics from all over the world to compete for the biggest sports event in the planet, so it's a shame if an individual or a group of people somehow manipulate the so called "rules" to prevent having the best there in the Olympics. Rules are designed to help choosing the right ones, ie the best ones, not to hinder the selection of contestants and give places to the inferior ones. If Serena is not there to compete, whoever won the gold medal won't have the satisfyingness of being the best at the Olympics.





In all other Olympics sports, like swimming, track and field, gymnastics, etc... reaching a required level individually in appointed sports events were enough to qualified without dealing with all the stupid rules. Tennis has just been introduced to Olympics since 1988, so it's relatively a young sports comparing to other sports with more history and traditions. However, the bulkiness and ineffectiveness in rules and regulations that causes controversies like these, Williams and Bartoli to name a few, won't help the creditability and the development of tennis as an Olympics Sports.
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Re: BOMBSHELL: Serena might not be going to the Olympics!!!

She is right. The WTA and ITF are forcing the players to do things they don't want to. I particularly hate the 2 Internationals per year for top 10 players. Stop forcing the players to play events they wouldn't want to otherwise and then limiting them in the smaller events with your stupid rules of only a certain amount of top players in an event or whatever.

And the 2016 Olympic rules will not go over well at all.


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She is right. The WTA and ITF are forcing the players to do things they don't want to. I particularly hate the 2 Internationals per year for top 10 players. Stop forcing the players to play events they wouldn't want to otherwise and then limiting them in the smaller events with your stupid rules of only a certain amount of top players in an event or whatever.

And the 2016 Olympic rules will not go over well at all.
No one is forcing the players to do anything. If you want to play in the Olympics, you have to follow the eligibility rules thst the ITF has laid out. If they don't like it, no one is stopping them from boycotting the Olympics in protest.

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Most individual sports have some sort of competition (trials, national championships etc) which is used to qualify for a place in your country's team at the Olympics. Why should tennis be any different? The players know the rules and if competing for their country at the Olympics is important, they should follow the rules. The tennis qualifying rules are not as simple as, say a swimming trial but they are there for a purpose. Unlike many other sports, the players who are looking to qualify are making a pretty good living from their sport already so it doesn't seem like such a big sacrifice to me. If you were an archer (for example) having to get to the Ukraine, needing time off from a paying job and paying your own way, that would be tough.
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Re: BOMBSHELL: Serena might not be going to the Olympics!!!

Am I the only one who don't see the point of Fed Cup?
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