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goldenlox
Dec 6th, 2006, 11:18 PM
ASB Classic organisers upset at late changes

Posted at 2:54pm on 06 Dec 2006

There's been some late changes in the draw for January's ASB Tennis Classic with players withdrawing due to other committments although they're in the bottom half of the draw.
India's Sania Mirza has been forced to withdraw with India qualifying for the Hopman Cup which is held at the same time .
It hasn't pleased tournament director Richard Palmer who says the WTA apparently has an arrangement with Hopman Cup organisers that it took precedence and which Palmer hadn't been told of.
Palmer says it highlights an area the WTA needs to take a serious look at.
He says players taking part in exhibitions or non tour events in the same week as WTA sanctioned events is an issue which all tournaments are concerned about and tournaments should take priority.
Other changes see American veteran Jill Craybas come into the field at 73, Camile Pin of France at 75 is also into the main draw while Emma Laine from Finland will make her debut Auckland at 77.
Another new player of note is Tiantian Sun a gold medalist in doubles at the Athens Olympics with countrywoman and a winner of nine doubles titles all with countrywoman Ting Li.
Sun also won her career-first singles title at Tashkent in October to rise to a career-high 80 in singles.
Czech player Eva Birnerova at 82 also comes into the direct entries.
The leading players for the 2007 ASB Classic are all in the top-20 rankings - Jelena Jankovic(12), Anastasia Myskina(16), Marion Bartoli(17) and Daniela Hantuchova(18).

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/sport/200612061454/asb_classic_organisers_upset_at_late_changes

Pasta-Na
Dec 6th, 2006, 11:42 PM
win this title, tiantian :bounce:

Wannabeknowitall
Dec 6th, 2006, 11:47 PM
When the ASB classic is a Tier II then he can complain about players going to exhibitions to get ready for a slam that happens two weeks after tour play starts for the new year.

When the bigger competition comes then he can complain.
I didn't know Sania Mirza was adored that much in New Zealand for there to be a reason to be upset.
ASB organizers should pick their battles and this certainly isn't one.

LH2HBH
Dec 7th, 2006, 12:33 AM
When the ASB classic is a Tier II then he can complain about players going to exhibitions to get ready for a slam that happens two weeks after tour play starts for the new year.

When the bigger competition comes then he can complain.
I didn't know Sania Mirza was adored that much in New Zealand for there to be a reason to be upset.
ASB organizers should pick their battles and this certainly isn't one.

Look at it this way, though - Good chance it's the first on a list of marketable players who've committed to the tournament who are now dropping out :rolleyes:

Let the games begin 2007 :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

go hingis
Dec 7th, 2006, 12:43 AM
I think down the road all tournaments won't be happy with the WTA.

Martian Stacey
Dec 7th, 2006, 01:01 AM
Its a tier IV, they can't be surprised that players would rather play an exhibition with a stronger field than their tournament.

There are still 4 players in the top 20 commited to play, thats probably their strongest field ever.

vogus
Dec 7th, 2006, 05:05 AM
what a bunch of morons if they really think changes in the player list a month before the tournie are "late".

DutchieGirl
Dec 7th, 2006, 07:44 AM
I'm sorry - Hopman Cup is an ITF sanctioned tourney, and Sania is playing for her country! He should get over it. It's not like she was the #1 seed or something, and it's a tier 4 tourney.

DutchieGirl
Dec 7th, 2006, 07:46 AM
Look at it this way, though - Good chance it's the first on a list of marketable players who've committed to the tournament who are now dropping out :rolleyes:

Let the games begin 2007 :rolleyes: :rolleyes: :rolleyes:

I don't think that many of the players who have committed to a Tier 4 tourney will suddenly pull out. It's not like they will be tired from playing other tourneys (as it's the first week of the year), and they can't go play another tourney that week now either so... :shrug:

aussie_fan
Dec 7th, 2006, 10:04 AM
You can't complain about Mirza going to the hopman cup at all. He would of been expecting it if india won the asian hopman cup anyway, there is no issue for him to complain about.

Ben.
Dec 7th, 2006, 10:26 AM
I mean come on, why should the organisers get upset over a Tier IV event that has some players like Mirza withdrawing. Besides, they should thank their lucky stars that they have at least four Top 20 players playin or otherwise this tournament would be worth nothin.

spiceboy
Dec 8th, 2006, 12:58 AM
Pfffffff these annoying organizers should thank the Tour for their privilleged timing in the WTA calendar making the tournament the best (by far) Tier IV tournament out there.

switz
Dec 8th, 2006, 03:19 AM
you would think New Zealanders would be used to being screwed over for the betterment of Australians by now but they just don't seem to get it :)