Except that I don't see the WTA as any players "boss." Tennis is an individual sport which means that everyone is his or her own boss. And if you as a player belong to the spoiled and pampered category, it must mean that you're pretty good. And you don't become good in a sport (especially not an individual sport) without having put in the work. Someone always has to win and someone has to lose. It doesn't necessarily mean that the loser is a lazy bum and that the winner works his or her ass off 24/7. Even if every single player out there had the work ethic of a, say, Sharapova or Djokovic, there would still be players who win or lose. Who is the WTA to judge who works hard and who doesn't? How do they even know. Stacy can't be looking over everyone's shoulder 24/7 to see what the're doing. Besides, if you don't work hard enough there's no need for the WTA or anyone else to punish you. You're already punishing yourself because your results will go down. And if that player doesn't care about that, well, than it's only right that she'll get passed by other girls who want it more.
But none of this has anything to do with Caroline, no matter if you have your point of view on this or mine. I definitely believe that Caroline IS working hard. But it's just not happening anymore for her. Why? We can only guess. But if Stacy would one day walk up to Caro and say, "no more golf for you Caro. You need to train harder" I'd bet that Caro would say, "mind your own business Stacy." And I would applaud her for it. In fact, if I was her I would at my next tournament turn up poorly dressed and with a bottle of booze in my hands (the unshaven part is kinda difficult for Caro
) just to make my point. But that last sentence is probably just the anti-establishment old hippie part of me speaking again.
Sorry,Gaston, that's piss-ant reasoning;when Hingis failed a drug test a couple years back,she was essentially FIRED and not allowed to return to work w/o some sort of status review....that's AFTER one year had passed.Your final statements smacked of truth as you basically admitted that it was your personal tastes that made you dislike the concept of the WTA as boss.
As I've said,they are WAY too often a pathetically-weak,shiftless boss, but they are a boss nonetheless.I can't speak for your own work experiences but,in the REAL world
, when an employee acts like a jerk-off, that employee MIGHT be given second chances IF there was a prior record of good performance.If the employee doesn't respond to the threat of being replaced, then he/she is simply let go as the company finds a more dedicated person to step in.I've already detailed a VERY easy disciplinary plan whereby the WTA--if they had a set of balls--would simply reduce a Joke-ass Player to non-person status in re promos.Nothing bothers a spoiled bitch more than getting ignored or,even worse,getting supplanted by another vain,pretty gal.It's basic psychology,really.It would take a couple years to set in, but the WTA would become a better place...and a FAR more credible sport...if the players understood from the get-go that they wouldn't be treated like stars w/o sincere effort--REGARDLESS of their looks.
I have no idea--and neither do YOU--exactly how much Caroline is affected by the No-accountability WTA subculture,but it'd be naive to pretend that she wasn't affected by it at all.Your comment that it's impossible to tell who's working hard is simply retarded,Gaston.The majority of businesses have work evaluations for their employees,even though there's some degree of subjectivity to those analyses.As I've said,only the obvious offenders would be placed on non-person status with my proposal while others would be given the benefit of the doubt until they'd had a chance to prove themselves.
I've got to head to work so,once you come down from your herb-induced high
,you may think this over more clearly.
@Angliru,thank you for clarifying
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
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