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mboyle
May 10th, 2008, 05:42 AM
I think that tournaments should assess the value of a player before a tournament. If they determine Maria Sharapova is worth 1 million dollars to the tournament, and then Maria withdraws without a doctor's note, Maria would have to pay the tournament a 1 million dollar fine. Now THAT would reduce top player withdrawals.

Tournament directors of course would have to provide some evidence for assessing a player's worth. It couldn't just be arbitrary.

mal
May 10th, 2008, 06:25 AM
That could work, but why force the players to play in the first place? Things like the French Open, and even the Australian Open are going to get players, so why ask players to put their name on the list in the first place.
If the object is to get crowds to no-name tournaments like the Greymouth Invitational, you only need two, maybe four top players in order to get a crowd there. Why are players busting themselves to be first on the list, then pulling out when they realize it is only going to be a practice session?
Maybe you could offer $500,000 appearance fees, which the player has no right to expect if they don't appear, and call it a fine if you like, but offer it conditionally, so that they don't just elect one player to turn up and collect the fee without playing a decent game of tennis to 'earn' it. Why not arbitrarily, on what the player thinks they are worth, instead of equal fees for all top tier players? Do you think it is wrong to let the players keep their fees if they have a genuine reason for not appearing, such as an injury?

Cp6uja
May 10th, 2008, 09:23 AM
In that case Sharapova will not commit at any tournament out of mandatories + minimum for TOP6 player. If she want to play at some other tournament she will ask for "late entry" (like in Amelia or Charleston) and every tournament director will find way to accept (except maybe from Strasbourg :devil:). :p

TheBoiledEgg
May 10th, 2008, 09:56 AM
only fines that would work are points wise

tennisbear7
May 10th, 2008, 10:02 AM
But how can you assess the value of a player?

Williamsser
May 10th, 2008, 01:56 PM
sounds like communism

serenus_2k8
May 10th, 2008, 01:59 PM
only fines that would work are points wise

I like that much more but then old Ree would have struggled to stay top 100 :lol:

faboozadoo15
May 11th, 2008, 05:42 AM
Dumbest thing I've heard in a while.
So they players should be penalized unequally depsite what they have and what they achieved?

Alright, then Sharapova can only "commit" to mandatory events and take wildcards wherever she wants throughout the year. Then who wins? No event can promote with her image, but they would all die to have her in their draw.

DimaDinosaur
May 11th, 2008, 05:59 AM
Puhlease, if I was GONNA BE fined for $1 million, I WOULD show up and just let my opponent win the 1st rd

Direwolf
May 11th, 2008, 08:28 AM
only fines that would work are points wise

AGREE!!
Tier III/IV - 100points
Tier II - 200 points
Tier I - 300 points
Mandatory events - 400 points
GS - 500

SOA_MC
May 11th, 2008, 08:33 AM
Good luck trying to get Sharapova to pay a $1 mill fine:lol: