Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: Florida with my baguette
Well, truth is, she broke the rules. Problem is, it's a crazy rule. How can an extra practice session have been bad for the team? She would only have improved her play...surely a bonus for the team?
Although I can see both sides of the argument, I'm completely with Jennifer on this one. Fed Cup is not her career, she has other tournaments to look out for. If the other players are satisfied with little preparation then good luck to them, but Jennifer wants all the practice she can get and this is a problem? If she had hit someone, got drunk before her match, then throw her off the team, but for trying to make herself a better player...such a crime.
Stupid rule...but part of me think that even violation of it isn't enough for being dismissed. Surely forfeitting her first match and fining her would have been enough. Something else may have been said/done behind the scenes. It will be interesting to see what happens when Fed Cup comes around again next.
My main worry is what it will do to Jennifer. I do so hope that she will just shrug this off and it will inspire her to a great clay court season, but who knows where her head is at most of the time? Not too happy about it for her...but as a Brit...Fed Cup? no thanks!