Wow! Reasoned, critical thinking at TF?? Is this for real, or have I stumbled into a Twilight Zone episode?
To reply to both Terjw and Gaston: Certain other sports sometimes focus on a team's /player's lack of titles IF he/she/they are seen as having choked under pressure. If the individual is thought to have done his/her best, then the criticism is far,far lesser. E.g., no one accused the late boxer Ken Norton of being a loser just because he LOST to Muhammad Ali in a big fight. Not only was Ali more talented, but everyone saw how valiantly Norton fought and pushed Ali to the limit. Some fans even think that Norton should've gotten the judges' decision. In team sports,one of the NFL's elite tight ends,Tony Gonzalez, again failed to get a Super Bowl ring last year when his team lost in their conference championship(NFL semis, basically).However, Tony himself played quite well in that game so he's not seen as culpable for his team's loss. In contrast, ex-NBA'er Karl Malone twice had subpar stats when he reached the NBA finals, so he'll never get quite the same level of respect as do other ex-greats.
As for the WTA's obsession with Slams, I might be wrong but I don't get the sense that the ATP is QUITE as bad because, even at Premier,non-Slam events, you have to beat Djokovic,Rafa,Fed,Murray--or two or three of them--to get a title, thus proving your worthiness as a player. Right now, Serena is the only female player who matches those men in terms of all-time greatness(Masha is a lesser version of her old self)...and she skips her share of tourneys, thus opening the door for several, lesser players. As for the deliberate approach, what else would you expect from a phony, shallow gringa like Allaster?? With her American mentality, a mindless POS Hollywood action film with a laughable plotline is automatically better than a superb arthouse film merely because the former raked in millions of dollars. Money,Glitz and Glamour are like gods to her, so don't expect anything to change there unless she gets replaced as commissioner(dare to dream
My last point is more of a suggestion: Why not let the fans and players have some input to decide if a newer premier deserved Slam status?If THEY thought that the event was as important as one of the traditional Slams, wouldn't that have a lot more credibility than some low-life commissioner who was sucking ---k to placate some wealthy sponsor??I haven't given this issue a thorough go-over, but at least the idea is worth considering, don't you think?
Hang your heads in shame, Brits, for being a nation of cowards who won't even protect their own children. UKP=United Kingdom of Pedophiles
Propaganda Director for the Olympic Slam Queen
aboard SS Dementieva
Ste. Kim, we didn't have you for long enough, but we appreciate what you gave us