Before I play devil's advocate, I just want to say that I do tire of the constant Anna coverage when she plays like this.
With that said, it bothers me the most when people forget that tennis is an industry. Plain and simple. They want to draw viewers, they want high ratings, they want ticket sales, they wants crowds - they want MONEY.
Picture this: a player is top 20, on the rise and soon to be top 15. They go to the US Open where they are stuck on court 11 - not a TV court, not a show court, not even a court with enough benches to seat everyone watching. However, a player who isn't even top 50 is on the stadium court where she will eventually lose to a player who she can definitely beat, but the stadium is overly packed. This scenario? It happened. While I waited in line for food, I watched Anna K. on stadium court on the big screen and then wondered why Anna Smashnova was relegated to the smaller court. But I dont blame them. They know who draws crowds. They know who's important to fans and who, well, isn't.
At Eastbourne last year, if Martina Navrtilova had not been placed on center court, not only would there have been disapproval, but the people would have gone to see her on the side courts anyway - it would have been really funny to see if they went to see her or the top seed, Jelena Dokic, at the tournament.
They know what they're doing - give them a break.
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