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wongqks
Oct 12th, 2002, 11:19 AM
I mean come on, barring Lindsay and MArtina who had a long injury break so I will be fair and not count them.

Many players are injured.

Monica foot is bothering her again (a thing which we know is coming given her packed early season)

Serena and Venus is suffering from fatigue (as they have played a lot more this season, even Serena who sit out the first three months have played so much since then)

Kim is not injured but she did play relatively few tournaments early this season because of injury

Jelena is in a massive slump (overplaying?)

Justine is not playing well since Wimbledon (someone argue is the surface, but I bet to differ, players in her calibre can pull off in any surface, she may not win them, but at least get some wins)

Who else have we got left, oh Jen and Amelie, they are not injured coz they play a smart schedule, they both take extensive break after each Grand Slam

Even on the men side, Hewitt is injured.

What did the tennis governing body do? Nothing, coz big bucks is at stake

matthias
Oct 12th, 2002, 11:31 AM
you have the answer inside

.......they are not injured coz they play a smart schedule

each player can decide how mayn tournametns they want to play
and if they play to much it is her own fault.
noone has to play more tournaments as he want

Sam L
Oct 12th, 2002, 01:31 PM
The tour is not forcing them to play at gunpoint. It's up to the players. They choose to play.

Like I said before. They play because:

1. They like it OR
2. They need the money or ranking points

Nothing's going to change, you just have to take care of your body better.

Gowza
Oct 12th, 2002, 01:40 PM
i agree. the players get to chose when they want to play. the tour provides tournaments to play in throughout the whole year so that the players can play when the conditions are good for them and so that plays are able to take time off.

let's put it this way, would you rather play straight for 3/4 of a year or play the same amount as 3/4 of a only not straight but broken up iin which you get to decide when to play.

the tour makes the season long for this reason rather than what your thinking of. you think the players are having to play all the time but they aren't. they only play when they want to.

wongqks
Oct 12th, 2002, 01:48 PM
Do you really think the player has a choice sometimes?

I beg to differ, players especally top players are pay big bucks for their sponsorship, and their sponsor together with Sanex WTA continue to ask them to play a no, of events to fulfil their commitments. Players in the lower spectrum are forced to play so many tournament to make a living because low tier events have not got enough money.

veryborednow
Oct 12th, 2002, 01:53 PM
Who else have we got left, oh Jen and Amelie, they are not injured coz they play a smart schedule, they both take extensive break after each Grand Slam
And Jen, who has a month off after Aus Open, Wimbledon and US Open.
Even on the men side, Hewitt is injured
Loads of men pulled out of the US Open, a record I think...

so yes, we can agree now ;)

Sam L
Oct 12th, 2002, 01:56 PM
Players in the lower spectrum are forced to play so many tournament to make a living because low tier events have not got enough money.

- if you make the season shorter, less tournaments, less money, that's going to drive many young girls back to school or other careers.

Players especally top players are pay big bucks for their sponsorship, and their sponsor together with Sanex WTA continue to ask them to play a no, of events to fulfil their commitments.

- I'm not too sure about this, but V&S seem to be able to get away with this a lot. I think popularity and star power of the player matters more, imo. Quite frankly many big name players don't care Sampras didn't have a clothing sponsor for awhile.

wongqks
Oct 12th, 2002, 02:01 PM
Sam L

My logic is that if we have fewer tournaments, bigger draw, then players in the lower spectrum can get to share some of thos elarge pools of money exist in tier ones and twos

Venus and Serena didn't get away with it, Serena got away with it becuase she was injred the first three months, and look at how much she played since. Venus didn't get away with it, she withdraw tournaments but she still pay a price for it, a possible penalty