View Full Version : Did the WTA Tour almost fall apart in 1997?

May 4th, 2002, 06:55 PM
I was reading that Players association president Patricia Hy Boulais a former player from cananda tried to take over the WTA Tour in 1997 and it almost did because the top players were threatening to have thier own tour or something like that also which players tried to participate in this coup. The article says 50 but doesn't mention any names. It also says Hingis and davenport sued these players and hingis said I don't care if they lose their,hous,jobs and cars it was wrong what they did. So what really happened?

the cat
May 4th, 2002, 10:18 PM
That was terrible! :( It was like the rich players against the poor players. Guess who won? The rich players.

May 5th, 2002, 12:18 AM
Patricia Hy-Boulais was then President of the WTA Tour Player's Association. She and the others tried to get the tournaments to offer more prize money to the lower-ranked players. Of course, the top players would have to sacrifice some of their share and they were not too pleased. One side was that the lower-ranked players were making pittance compared to the big names; the flip side was that without the big names, there would be no WTA Tour to begin with.

The end result was that the Player's Association was disbanded. The WTA Tour set up a player's council with player representatives to represent various ranking groups. The way it's set up the top 20 players are in majority and so a similar coup to the one Patricia Hy-Boulais tried to pull will not be possible.

Patricia Hy-Boulais was never the same after 1997. Within a year, she had retired.

May 5th, 2002, 02:35 AM
Wow! :eek: I was always a big fan of Patricia Hy-Boulais, because she was the only Canadian hope in women's singles throughout the mid to late 90's. I had no idea this happened. I remember in 1997, Patricia had a really good run at Wimby when she beat Coetzer (who was in her best form that year) and made it to the fourth round. However, in 1998, she won just one match that year and retired. She was 33 though, so her retirement was understandable... but now that I have seen this, I think she retired for a different reason. Very interesting stuff.....

May 5th, 2002, 07:58 AM
Wow, I didn't know anything about that!
Pfff, like those top players don't have enough money yet, they don't want to have lower ranked players some?
That's really unfair!
Well, I'm on the side of the lower ranked players!

May 5th, 2002, 10:16 AM
the wta is a capitalistic(?) world, the strongest gets the pot, now since there is one country who stands for this is in the real world and that country happens to dominate the wta organization too, so did people really believe they could change it?