You keep using Maria as a crutch--a WEAK one at that--to support flimsy arguments.Bottom line is that Masha wouldn't totally kiss off the WTA for politely asking questions.More relevantly,there was never any doubt that Masha was genuinely striving,so her struggles were completely irrelevant to this debate,no matter how desperately you try to drag her into it.
You have things COMPLETELY screwed up and upside down with respect to Adidas and the WTA.It's ADIDAS who would have to worry about alienating Caroline,who could very easily find another sponsor simply by agreeing to pose in their underwear in a sexy photoshoot.Mind you,I wouldn't object if Adidas showed some balls and asserted themselves,but the fact that they haven't tried to buy themselves out of their sinkhole Ivanovic contract,by paying Ana a healthy lump sum,sort of indicates that they aren't too assertive when it comes to unproductive clients.On the contrary,the WTA is Caro's BOSS,in effect,and can most CERTAINLY impose their will on her in that capacity.
I can't speak for your personal values,but the tone of your post is that of someone who almost obsesses over minor intrusions as if they were Orwellian oppression...and THAT is your big objection,nothing practical nor anything that's relevant to tennis.
Having said that,you strike me as a very pleasant,even-tempered person,but I'd be SHOCKED if you were a business owner of any sort.I can't think of any enterprise besides the WTA that sees underperforming employees...knows WHY they're underperforming,in most cases...and doesn't do jack shit to make the employees--and,subsequently,the overall business--more productive.Any normal corporation that adopted the limp-wristed,hands-off policy that you propose would go bankrupt and collapse in ineptitude.Fortunately,the dynamics of sports entertainment--and the marketability of their reliable,consistent stars--allow the WTA to survive in spite of its laughable incompetence and failure to promote Employee Productivity
Where we mostly disagree is that you see my proposals as some despotic,brutal,Soviet Bloc violations of human rights...and AYE see it as normal employer/employee relations where the boss tries to stimulate an unproductive worker
I use Maria because it demonstrates why you cannot be judging your own players. The general consensus was Maria was massively underachieving in 2009-2010, there are a ton of people right now who think Caroline was never any good anyway and is right where she deserves to be (if not lower). These people aren't haters before you jump on that, nearly every commentary on Caro's matches she's made out to be hard working but lacking in tennis talent. Just the other day the commentators were talking how the game was all in Jovanovski's hands and if she plays well there is nothing Caroline can do. This sort of principle is in lots and lots of articles as well. It would be a complete nightmare for the WTA judge who is working hard, who isn't, and it would arguably be completely out of line if you were judging if players were working efficiently or not.
I completely disagree with the second part. It is down to sponsors to get the best out of the player they are paying. Why are Adidas going to be worried about alienating Caroline, no-one in their right frame of minds will pay Caroline the same money Adidas are currently paying her, you don't exactly see sponsors rushing to sign Caroline at all right now do you, let and out a brand sponsor. What is Caroline going to say if Adidas come to her? I am sure they would be more than willing to terminate her contract at zero cost if she wished (which she almost certainly won't).
It's not that easy to buy someone out of a contract, you either have to get them to agree to a lower fee than the rest of the contract, or pay the full sum they are owed in lump, a lot of players would probably be happy to just sit out the rest of their contract getting paid in full, and it makes no economic sense to pay someone in full to buy out of their contract early. We don't even know if Adidas have attempted to do this with Ivanovic, but why would she accept a lower sum anyway when she can just stay and be guaranteed more money?
There is one key difference between the WTA and an employer on the street. Every WTA player effectively gets paid a performance based contract, you get paid whatever prize money you earn in the year, that is effectively how well you do in the year, it's not like the WTA is guaranteeing players x amount of money. So if you are slacking you will only naturally affect your own pay packet. Whereas most employees are guaranteed x amount of money from their employer no matter how hard they work.
The only way the WTA could stop a 'slacking worker' is banning players they think are not performing to their best, this is so obviously a non-starter, it's just never going to happen. The WTA aren't going to go up to the world number 9 and say you know what you should be top 5, you can't play on the tour anymore. If others were good enough to replace them, they will eventually overtake them in the rankings, and that player will plummet down the rankings.