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CoryAnnAvants#1
May 14th, 2004, 05:36 PM
So will all the haters please stop talking :o

From tennisweek.com

In a sign that supports the notion she's intent on playing singles at Wimbledon, Navratilova said she's requested a wild card into the qualifying draw for Eastbourne next month.

"I asked for a wild card into qualifying so I have more matches," Navratilova said of Eastbourne.

Former Roland Garros champion Jennifer Capriati said she was happy to hear Navratilova received a wild card into the clay-court major, which begins on May 24th, but hoped the wild card didn't come at the expense of a young player.

"Good for her. I just hope that instead of some youngsters that are upcoming, they haven't shunned them away and just decided to give it to Martina," Capriati said. "I understand her being a great champion, but you've got to make way for new players coming up, for the future. But I'm sure they took that into consideration."

Navratilova said she has no intention of becoming a wild card queen and taking wild cards away from deserving younger players, which is why she requested a wild card into the Eastbourne qualifying tournament.

"We have a rule that former Grand Slam winners get a wild card, but within reason," Navratilova said. "They have to be ready to play. I obviously am ready to play. But at the same time, I don't want to abuse that rule and just keep taking wild cards and keep taking spots away from players that would get in the draw. I'm very aware of that, which is part of the reason why I asked for a wild card in the qualifying at Eastbourne rather than the main draw, so I wouldn't be taking anyone's spot away and make it more fair."

hewittrok
May 14th, 2004, 05:46 PM
She'll get it.

SelesFan70
May 14th, 2004, 05:48 PM
My GOD! Capriati said something that makes total sense! :worship:

AaronJoyB
May 14th, 2004, 05:49 PM
For sure...Tired of Nav

JonBcn
May 14th, 2004, 07:00 PM
I'd still like to see where it was written in stone that wild cards were for juniors? Surely the very concept of a wild card is so you can invite whoever you like to play in your tournament.

Capriati may be one of my favourite players, but she's out of line here. I didnt see her refusing wild cards when she was trying to make her comeback. She entered 7 tournaments in a row with wild cards at one point.

Still, good to see Martina willing to roll up her sleeves at 47. People can slag her off all they like, but when was the last time a tournament shifted even a quarter of the tickets available for qualifying (as they surely will in Eastbourne)?

Pureracket
May 14th, 2004, 07:04 PM
I'd still like to see where it was written in stone that wild cards were for juniors? Surely the very concept of a wild card is so you can invite whoever you like to play in your tournament.

Capriati may be one of my favourite players, but she's out of line here. I didnt see her refusing wild cards when she was trying to make her comeback. She entered 7 tournaments in a row with wild cards at one point.

Still, good to see Martina willing to roll up her sleeves at 47. People can slag her off all they like, but when was the last time a tournament shifted even a quarter of the tickets available for qualifying (as they surely will in Eastbourne)?:worship: :worship: :worship: :worship: :worship:

CapFan#1
May 14th, 2004, 07:05 PM
Capriait wasnt a 47 year player when she was making her comeback.....

JonBcn
May 14th, 2004, 07:06 PM
She wasn't a junior either. But they gave her the WCs because people wanted to see her far more than some upcoming junior ranked 300 or something. Just as they do now with Martina.

TheBoiledEgg
May 14th, 2004, 07:07 PM
i bet she draws a Brit is r1 :tape:

fammmmedspin
May 14th, 2004, 07:08 PM
My GOD! Capriati said something that makes total sense! :worship:
Well it did but it fudged the point

Former Roland Garros champion Jennifer Capriati said she was happy to hear Navratilova received a wild card into the clay-court major, which begins on May 24th, but hoped the wild card didn't come at the expense of a young player.


Unless someone changed the laws of mathematics, Martina being there inevitably means a younger player won't be.

bigshow21
May 14th, 2004, 07:22 PM
She wasn't a junior either. But they gave her the WCs because people wanted to see her far more than some upcoming junior ranked 300 or something. Just as they do now with Martina.

I would definately much rather see her play than some 300th ranked nobody!

Eurotennisfan
May 14th, 2004, 07:24 PM
Why does Capriati (or anyone else) worries that much about a WC... Come on, there are EIGHT, EIGHT WC given for the maindraw. And people complain that the greatest player of all time get one? With all she did for womens tennis, she deserves to get a couple of WC.

I know :rolleyes:!

people are really over-rating RE: this whole "up and comers"--> truth is that most WC are given to underachievers or over-rated young players that lose early anyway. I mean...would Olivia Lukasiewicz make better use of a WC?

callado
May 14th, 2004, 08:12 PM
"I asked for a wild card into qualifying so I have more matches," Navratilova said of Eastbourne

Whether she enters qualifying or the main draw, she'll still only get to play one match :lol:

paul_masterton
May 14th, 2004, 08:16 PM
just means emily, mel or karen won't get one.

way to go lta, try and promote the british game but instea dof giving a wild card to one of our up and coming players, give it to nav.

people dont wanna see her play singles and get beat (especially in qualies) they lik eseeing her play doubles because doubles is generally relaxed, late in the day and she can really show off, lol.

Sadka
May 15th, 2004, 12:36 PM
:eek:

good luck martina :worship:

azza
May 15th, 2004, 12:41 PM
I know :rolleyes:!

people are really over-rating RE: this whole "up and comers"--> truth is that most WC are given to underachievers or over-rated young players that lose early anyway. I mean...would Olivia Lukasiewicz make better use of a WC?
Yes the reason: Olivia wants to play singles and get a ranking Martina is just using this for her doubles :tape:

caramel
May 15th, 2004, 12:45 PM
Kick some major ass @ Eastbourne, Navvie! ;)

Sammm
May 15th, 2004, 01:35 PM
She won't get more matches if she loses. I will see her there though :cool:

ghosts
May 15th, 2004, 01:43 PM
i bet she draws a Brit is r1 :tape:
:haha:

bionic71
May 15th, 2004, 02:10 PM
Eastbourne Qs won't be a "walk in the park"..... infact it looks like a TIER 3 field....she will face some stiff opposition from players ranked just outside the TOP 35....Frazier, Pratt, Molik, Hantucova, Shaughnessy, Likhovtseva....

Experimentee
May 15th, 2004, 02:54 PM
I'd still like to see where it was written in stone that wild cards were for juniors? Surely the very concept of a wild card is so you can invite whoever you like to play in your tournament.

Capriati may be one of my favourite players, but she's out of line here. I didnt see her refusing wild cards when she was trying to make her comeback. She entered 7 tournaments in a row with wild cards at one point.

Still, good to see Martina willing to roll up her sleeves at 47. People can slag her off all they like, but when was the last time a tournament shifted even a quarter of the tickets available for qualifying (as they surely will in Eastbourne)?

Exactly :worship:

Why should young players get preference in WC's just because of their age? Just because they are young doesnt mean that they're good, or deserving of a WC. Look at Olivia L!
Martina has done so much for the game of tennis, she totally deserves any WC she gets and would make the tournament more money than some other young no name.
Some people are talking like she will definitely get thrashed, they obviously dont remember that last time she played Eastbourne main draw she beat a top 30 player and took a set off Hantuchova when she was good and in the top 10.

Andy T
May 15th, 2004, 03:17 PM
"I asked for a wild card into qualifying so I have more matches," Navratilova said of Eastbourne

Whether she enters qualifying or the main draw, she'll still only get to play one match :lol:

Please promise us all that if, by any chance, you are wrong, you will insert a wire brush whee the sun don't shine and post a photo right here for us all to see!

DJ Troll
May 15th, 2004, 03:33 PM
Navratilova won't go further than 1st round i think

watrat
May 15th, 2004, 03:34 PM
The organizer should be able to give WC cards to anyone he wants. He is financing the event, and by inviting famous or attractive players he will at least try to cover the expenses.