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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old Apr 16th, 2005, 09:42 PM Thread Starter
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Unhappy Fed Cup Mess

Am I having a nightmare?!? Is it 1 April?!?

http://www.theage.com.au/news/Tennis...509968649.html

Pratt's exits Fed Cup
By Will Swanton
April 17, 2005

Nicole Pratt's shock withdrawal from this week's Fed Cup play-offs in India was the result of Tennis Australia flatly rejecting her demand to be paid appearance money...

..."She obviously felt some huge offer was being made to Alicia, which was not the case," said Alexander...

On the unsuccessful search for Molik in the past week, Alexander said: "We sent an e-mail to her and we tried to phone her, but there was no response . . . We were in such a time crisis we gave it about 36 hours of trying Alicia but then we really had to confirm Sophie's position."..

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On the unsuccessful search for Molik in the past week, Alexander said: "We sent an e-mail to her and we tried to phone her, but there was no response . . . We were in such a time crisis we gave it about 36 hours of trying Alicia but then we really had to confirm Sophie's position."..


LOL, gees they couldnt have tried that hard, Alicia is currently in Melbourne and will be all this week. The reasons they give for her not playing is bullshit! Like Nicole she felt she was being 'used'.

Its a much bigger ask and usually an interruption to the players schedule than acknowledged by Tennis Australia

The players only get $10,000 which is nothing compared to other countries.

Also the payment is $10,000 per team member which is unfair, like Olivia L received the same amount as Alicia last year in the Russia tie.

I dont blame Nicole for taking her stance! They should get 'extra' money for each live rubber they play, and perhaps a bonus if they win it!!!
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Nah I don't really agree- when you get to that standard, shouldn't it not only be about the money but what the articles do say - the pride of representing your country? $10,000 isn't too bad for how long is it? 2 days of tennis?! Instead of making up that they couldn't contact Molik they shouldve just stuck to the fact she has an ear infection or whatever caused her to pull out this week. I still think we'll do alright! Go Fed Cup kids!

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Let's face it Tennis Australia couldn't run a chook raffle & John Alexander is the biggest wanker they could've put in that position. Maybe if they'd chosen Nicole Bradtke like they should've all this mess wouldn't be happening. They've already screwed over Nicole Pratt & Rennae Stubbs! Let's see how long Sammy managers to put up with this crap!
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Nah I don't really agree- when you get to that standard, shouldn't it not only be about the money but what the articles do say - the pride of representing your country? $10,000 isn't too bad for how long is it? 2 days of tennis?! Instead of making up that they couldn't contact Molik they shouldve just stuck to the fact she has an ear infection or whatever caused her to pull out this week. I still think we'll do alright! Go Fed Cup kids!

Molik didnt have an ear infection, she had to come back to Adelaide for a funeral!

Also $10,000 is nothing for these players, especially if the effort required in travelling to India is going to exhaust them and hinder them for their next few tournaments. The cost to them could actually be a lot greater! Its also not 2 days they are required for, try about a week when you take into account Flight time and at least 3 days training before the tie! (not even a $1000 a day after tax!)

You have to remember that Pratt has been to nearly every Fed Cup in the last 7 years, she has had the pressure to be there as one of Australia top 2 singles players in that time and her efforts really havent been recognised by Tennis Australia. I totally understand her stance. Tennis Australia expect them to drop everything and if they arrive a day late they get fined!!! You take a $2000 fine and tax out of their appearance money and they are left with didley squat!!!
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and i thought fed cup was just playing for your country
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Hey - so this was a lie...

Alicia Molik has withdrawn from the Family Circle Cup in South Carolina because of an inner ear infection.

She was seeded fifth for the tournament and had yet to play a game.

"I'm extremely disappointed," Molik told Reuters. "However I feel like my body isn't allowing me to play so I can't fight that. I hope to be back next year."

Molik said she hopes to be fit to play in the German Open beginning on May 2 as she continues to prepare for the French Open later that month.


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Yep it was a lie. That way she wouldnt have been fined or penalised by the WTA for her late withdrawal
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cool...why do u think she isn't playing fed cup then if she has a few weeks off...

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she needs her "rest"

Good luck to the West Aussies in 2013!:
Casey Dellacqua Jessica Moore Bojana Bobusic Storm Sanders
as well as Jelena Dokic Sam Stosur Sally Peers Ash Barty Olivia Rogowska Monique Adamczak Sacha Jones Rodionova Sisters Tammi Patterson Vicky Rajicic Azra Hadzic Alison Bai
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And all the other aussie girls
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Alicia is busy back in Melbourne negotiating several contracts at the moment. She sacked her manager Peter Smylie and is busy finding another management team that can handle all the scheduling of her endorsement commitments, media work etc.

She is being head hunted by a major Australian clothing fashion label at present to be the face of their womens range!
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http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au...E23216,00.html

Pratt fires back
By Paul Malone
April 19, 2005
A FURIOUS Nicole Pratt has hit back at suggestions that she's a money mercenary who has abandoned Australia's Fed Cup team...
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What a mess!

I feel pretty bad for Nicole.
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It's really a bit of both sides

i feel sorry for nicole that she has represeented australia for so long and now it has come to this

but i also think that someone who has only won a couple matches this year and is now ranked outside 100 cannot demand more money to show up

Hopefully australia can put all this behind them and wrap up this group stage tie !!

GO THE AUSSIE GIRLS


Alicia Molik~Nicole Pratt~Samantha Stosur~Christina Wheeler

Nicole Kriz~Monique Adamczak~Isabella Holland~Jessica Moore

Emily Hewson~Trudi Musgrave~Sophie Ferguson~Casey Dellacqua
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