View Full Version : Anna keeps her "Gold Exempt" status...

Jul 28th, 2002, 03:29 PM
You can put it down in print: Anna Kournikova will be a Gold Exempt player next year.

Being Gold Exempt means that you have control over your schedule, determining in advance whether you want to be included, rather than waiting to see if you are ranked high enough. The Gold Exempt list includes 20 names -- sixteen who are included based on their rankings and four "wildcards" voted by the tournament directors. Theoretically, of course, the tournament directors could turn Kournikova down -- but what are the odds of that?

There is one stipulation, though: You have to be Top Fifty as of when the U. S. Open ends. Given Kournikova's recent results, that looked somewhat questionable.

Not any more. Kournikova beat Wynne Prakusya 7-5 6-4. That puts her firmly in the Top 50 (possibly as high as #46). And since she has nothing to defend between now and the Open, she should be safely Gold Exemptable.

Fair? Of course not. But who cares about fair when there are teenage boys to attract to tennis?


Jul 28th, 2002, 03:35 PM
Nice Article, and so true! :p

Jul 28th, 2002, 03:39 PM
WooHooo :p

Jul 28th, 2002, 04:01 PM
congrats Anna, I hope you will play great for the rest of the year:D

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Jul 28th, 2002, 04:18 PM
She deserves it, in my opinion. It's why Gold Exempt status was created.

Jul 28th, 2002, 04:21 PM
I'm glad she's been awarded one. I think her ranking by the year end will mean she can play wherever she wants anyway. Everyone knows she's better than #46 if and when she gets herself together.
As for fair? Well yes I believe so. To generate good prize money, good sponsorship and tv coverage tournaments need to fill seats. Anna does this, like it or not. She gets people through the doors early in tournaments creating a healthier environment for all players. As Martina Navratilova says, " Anna has brought thousands of new fans to tennis which is a great thing. Let's hope they stay and watch the rest of us too."

Brian Stewart
Jul 28th, 2002, 04:56 PM
I don't think there was any real danger. Even had Anna not made the top 50 by the end of the USO, there would have been another "Kournikova Rule". Originally, Gold Exempt players just got double their wild card allotment. Now it's unlimited (to help a marquee attraction who might not get back to form/ranking in a mere 6 events).

Assuming Anna winds up with one of the GE wildcards (it's not likely she'll be top 16 by the end of the USO), who gets the other 3? Who should get them? I'd suggest that since past Grand Slam winners get unlimited wildcards, they should go to other players.

Jul 28th, 2002, 05:08 PM
Nice article, GO ANNA!!

Jul 28th, 2002, 05:19 PM
:D:D:D:D:D:D:D i think this year she is too.

Jul 28th, 2002, 05:25 PM
I agree w/ Brian they would of changed the rules if she wasn't ranked at 50 by the USO. I like the quote from Martina N... " Anna has brought thousands of new fans to tennis......... Let's hope they stay and watch the rest of us too."

Williams Rulez
Jul 29th, 2002, 11:36 AM
That's great for her! :D

And tennis of course... ;)

Sam L
Jul 29th, 2002, 11:43 AM
Originally posted by tennischick
Fair? Of course not. But who cares about fair when there are teenage boys to attract to tennis?


I just hope they become fans of the sport long term, otherwise all this investment in Anna is not worth it. I mean what's the use if she retires, all her "fans" turn away from the sport.

Jul 29th, 2002, 11:53 AM
I agree she attracks teenage boys...but she's not only beautiful, she's really talented too..so I hope people start realising that Anna is more then a body.

Jul 29th, 2002, 12:25 PM
they changed the rules slightly as well for gold exempt players

now any player who has achieved a Top 10 year end ranking is also eligible for a GE wildcard
so it wouldn't have mattered if she finished in top 50 or not by end of US Open

change came into effect due to all those injuries to various players.