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Jul 29th, 2002, 09:49 PM
Again - I ask - wonder how much the women would be fined? Lordy be - but that is not a sum to sneeze at - but A.A. got it like that.


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Agassi fined for late withdrawal

Toronto - Andre Agassi was fined $80 000 by the ATP Tour on Monday for his late withdrawal from the Canada Tennis Masters due to injury.

The ATP said the fine was double that normally imposed for late withdrawals because Agassi had already pulled out of the Hamburg Masters on similar short notice.

The American, a three-time winner of the Canada Masters and a fan favourite in Toronto, has now been fined a total of $120 000 for pulling out of the two events.

Citing a lower back and hip injury, seventh seed Agassi informed Tennis Canada officials late on Sunday evening that he would not be playing.

Just hours before, he had collected his fourth title of the season with a 6-2 6-4 victory over Jan-Michael Gambill at the Mercedes-Benz Cup.

Lucky loser Kristian Pless of Denmark takes the 32-year-old American's place in the draw.

Jul 29th, 2002, 10:21 PM
Damb... and fans worry and whine about these players when the lose a match.. please, $80,000 is more that what most people make in a year.

Jul 29th, 2002, 11:12 PM

Jul 30th, 2002, 12:01 AM
He should pay more than that. Asshole:o :rolleyes:

Jul 30th, 2002, 12:16 AM

Jul 30th, 2002, 03:15 AM
the WTA need to have some BALLS and do this too.

Jul 30th, 2002, 03:21 AM
$80k is nothing to him
they should have docked half his ranking points

Jul 30th, 2002, 05:58 AM
Well, Andre should of pulled out a month ago or not even signed up for the tournament. Then that would of been a problem, and he still would probably be fined. IMO, the ATP needs to stop depending on Andre's popularity solely to attract more fans. They need a new marketing strategy, because the Hewitt, Roddick rivalry is not happening.

Anyways, I think Andre doesn't care really. The ATP will need to come up with something else besides taking away bonuses. The money thing is effective against players out of the top 20, but not with the top players who earn millions a year in endorsements alone.

80g's is just a small setback for Andre, little jaden just won't be able to get his Harry Winston diamond laced rattle.

Williams Rulez
Jul 30th, 2002, 08:27 AM
Pffft... the ATP is shit. Always fining poor Andre... :fiery:

lol, not that it matters though... peanuts to him... :p

Good try ATP... but Andre is still fine even with that fine... he is not going bankrupt :p

Jul 30th, 2002, 08:57 AM
Did they fine Alex Corretja? In all fairness they should.

Jul 30th, 2002, 09:00 AM
I think they should fine corretja too, that's fair!

Jul 30th, 2002, 09:01 AM
and if he had never entered he would still have been fined? ridicilious :fiery:

Jul 30th, 2002, 09:10 AM
he wouldn't have been fined but they lose money from their bonus pool (top 10 players from end of last year get guaranteed sums)
miss one masters and you lose half your bonus (around $1.5m)
then it goes in bits

Jul 30th, 2002, 10:40 AM
Andre signs up for these tournaments knowing full well he won't play and also knowing he will be fined if he drops out.

He signed up to play both Roma and Hamburg because he didn't know how he would do in his first clay court tournament. He surprisingly won Roma and then dropped Hamburg. There's no way he could play two Masters in a row on clay and he knew it.

Same with Toronto. Los Angeles was his first tournament after Wimbledon and he didn't know how well he would do. He won. Cincinnati is next week and he most likely considers an American tournament more important than one in Canada. Of course, he could have showed up in Toronto and lost in the first round as he did last year but he decided to not play at all.

Andre knew he would be fined a lot of money, and he was. It doesn't matter. $80,000 sound like a lot of money but it's probably the amount of interest Andre got on his investments in one hour. :rolleyes:

Besides, he got an "appearance fee" for playing LA which was probably somewhere in the neighborhood of $300,000. He will also get a fee for playing in Washington, DC (probably another $300,000), so $80,000 isn't a problem.:p

Jul 30th, 2002, 10:49 AM
honestly..this is ridiculous.. why fining players for that? It's all about money.

IMO players should decide themself if they want to play a tourni or not. They know what best is for them. Essielewis explained it well..if he had lost in LA in first round, he would have played Toronto. But playing two complete tournaments might be too much for a 32-old Andre. He's clearly taking care of his body, and when you have a look at his results..you have to agree that he knows what he's doing.

Players should not be forced to play tournaments..I know it's hard for the fans when your favourite withdraws, but the players are humans too, and they have the right to decide what they want to do.


Jul 30th, 2002, 11:14 AM
Originally posted by irma
and if he had never entered he would still have been fined? ridicilious :fiery:

All of the top 50 something players on the men's side are automatically entered so he was entererd.

Jul 30th, 2002, 12:44 PM
:D :D :D :D