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J_Migoe
May 16th, 2012, 01:19 AM
:eek::eek::eek::eek::eek:

Serena criticizes Olympic eligibility rules Ticker - Tuesday, May 8, 2012 http://www.tennis.com/images/main/dotted_line_spacer_left_column.gif

Serena Williams criticizes the ITF for making Fed Cup participation mandatory in order to be eligible for the Olympics. Williams, who had not played Fed Cup since 2007, played in two ties this year, but will still have to appeal her eligibilty to the Olympic Committee because she did not meet the current criteria, which says that players have to make themselves available for two ties in the two years prior to the Games.

http://www.tennis.com/articles/templates/news.aspx?articleid=17571&zoneid=25


"I think that tennis is one of the few sports in which you play so long and you play all year for your country and then you still have to prove yourself playing for your country again," she told reporters. "I do enjoy playing Fed Cup, I love the Fed Cup captains. I loved working with Mary Joe Fernández, I loved working with Zina Garrison and had the privilege of working with Billie Jean King. So it is not an issue of whether I am playing or not, it is more an issue of forcing players to play on top of the required weeks, having to play additional weeks. For instance, me having to travel to Ukraine where I couldn't play a tournament like [Stuttgart]. I wanted to play there but I couldn't because of my Fed Cup commitment. I mean, it is an extra commitment for the players and it is nothing that the WTA ... We all really agree that it's not cool and its not really fair. It's always been an issue and it wasn't handled the way it should have been handled."
:eek:

Jane Lane
May 16th, 2012, 01:21 AM
:facepalm: Did Cronin write this drivel?

Stamp Paid
May 16th, 2012, 01:22 AM
Stop your shit. She will be there.

Nicolás89
May 16th, 2012, 01:24 AM
Wait, Serena wanted to play Stuttgart? :eek:

J_Migoe
May 16th, 2012, 01:29 AM
Sorry, I just wanted to know if the ITF regulations, may compromise Serena's participation at the Olympics

MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 01:37 AM
Stupid thread. :o

Cosmic Voices
May 16th, 2012, 01:37 AM
Wait, Serena wanted to play Stuttgart? :eek:

bitch is the new agatha :spit:

kosas
May 16th, 2012, 01:42 AM
It would not be interesting without her.

dragonflies
May 16th, 2012, 01:50 AM
Serena will probably go to the Olympics, because if she won't, that would be a crime. The Olympics' spirit is about having all the best athletics from all over the world to compete for the biggest sports event in the planet, so it's a shame if an individual or a group of people somehow manipulate the so called "rules" to prevent having the best there in the Olympics. Rules are designed to help choosing the right ones, ie the best ones, not to hinder the selection of contestants and give places to the inferior ones. If Serena is not there to compete, whoever won the gold medal won't have the satisfyingness of being the best at the Olympics.





In all other Olympics sports, like swimming, track and field, gymnastics, etc... reaching a required level individually in appointed sports events were enough to qualified without dealing with all the stupid rules. Tennis has just been introduced to Olympics since 1988, so it's relatively a young sports comparing to other sports with more history and traditions. However, the bulkiness and ineffectiveness in rules and regulations that causes controversies like these, Williams and Bartoli to name a few, won't help the creditability and the development of tennis as an Olympics Sports.

Uranium
May 16th, 2012, 02:54 AM
She is right. The WTA and ITF are forcing the players to do things they don't want to. I particularly hate the 2 Internationals per year for top 10 players. Stop forcing the players to play events they wouldn't want to otherwise and then limiting them in the smaller events with your stupid rules of only a certain amount of top players in an event or whatever.

And the 2016 Olympic rules will not go over well at all.

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 03:12 AM
She is right. The WTA and ITF are forcing the players to do things they don't want to. I particularly hate the 2 Internationals per year for top 10 players. Stop forcing the players to play events they wouldn't want to otherwise and then limiting them in the smaller events with your stupid rules of only a certain amount of top players in an event or whatever.

And the 2016 Olympic rules will not go over well at all.

No one is forcing the players to do anything. If you want to play in the Olympics, you have to follow the eligibility rules thst the ITF has laid out. If they don't like it, no one is stopping them from boycotting the Olympics in protest.

Sianta
May 16th, 2012, 03:12 AM
Most individual sports have some sort of competition (trials, national championships etc) which is used to qualify for a place in your country's team at the Olympics. Why should tennis be any different? The players know the rules and if competing for their country at the Olympics is important, they should follow the rules. The tennis qualifying rules are not as simple as, say a swimming trial but they are there for a purpose. Unlike many other sports, the players who are looking to qualify are making a pretty good living from their sport already so it doesn't seem like such a big sacrifice to me. If you were an archer (for example) having to get to the Ukraine, needing time off from a paying job and paying your own way, that would be tough.

gmokb
May 16th, 2012, 03:14 AM
Am I the only one who don't see the point of Fed Cup?:eek:

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 03:15 AM
Am I the only one who don't see the point of Fed Cup?:eek:

Yes.

MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 03:18 AM
Am I the only one who don't see the point of Fed Cup?:eek:
No, you're not alone.

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 03:23 AM
No, you're not alone.

In that case, what's the point of any tennis tournament?

MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 03:25 AM
In that case, what's the point of any tennis tournament?
What is the point of Fed Cup?

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 03:35 AM
What is the point of Fed Cup?

The women didn't have an international team competition like Davis Cup (there was the Wightman Cup, but that was only between the United States and Great Britain), so in 1963, due largely to the efforts of Billie Jean King, the Federation Cup was born. I have no idea when the ITF decided to link Fed Cup participation to Olympic eligibility, but I'm sure they did it because too many big-name players weren't participating. Personally, I think they should award prize money to the event, especially since the WTA is no longer clearing their calendar for Fed Cup.

MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 03:41 AM
The women didn't have an international team competition like Davis Cup (there was the Wightman Cup, but that was only between the United States and Great Britain), so in 1963, due largely to the efforts of Billie Jean King, the Federation Cup was born. I have no idea when the ITF decided to link Fed Cup participation to Olympic eligibility, but I'm sure they did it because too many big-name players weren't participating. Personally, I think they should award prize money to the event, especially since the WTA is no longer clearing their calendar for Fed Cup.
I just don't see why it's THAT important. I mean, Serena represents the USA every time she plays, she feels the weight of performing for the USA (look at US Open) all the time, so it isn't like Fed Cup is making her a more patriotic player or that she isn't a patriotic player to begin with for not playing it, especially when they have to go to these small, random countries.

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 03:49 AM
I just don't see why it's THAT important. I mean, Serena represents the USA every time she plays, she feels the weight of performing for the USA (look at US Open) all the time, so it isn't like Fed Cup is making her a more patriotic player or that she isn't a patriotic player to begin with for not playing it, especially when they have to go to these small, random countries.

Like I posted earlier, no one is forcing the players to do anything. If Serena really wanted to play Stuttgart, she could have. The Olympics are obviously more important to her than Stuttgart, which is why she did what she did.

MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 03:51 AM
Like I posted earlier, no one is forcing the players to do anything. If Serena really wanted to play Stuttgart, she could have. The Olympics are obviously more important to her than Stuttgart, which is why she did what she did.
Duh. But she also has the right to criticize something she believes is handled poorly. :shrug:

jrollaneres25
May 16th, 2012, 03:55 AM
I just don't see why it's THAT important. I mean, Serena represents the USA every time she plays, she feels the weight of performing for the USA (look at US Open) all the time, so it isn't like Fed Cup is making her a more patriotic player or that she isn't a patriotic player to begin with for not playing it, especially when they have to go to these small, random countries.

Exactly. I mean, if you look at it, The Olympics is set up like a regular WTA Tour tournament, not a FedCup Tie. I would see the relevance in FedCup and it's rules in qualifying for the Olympics, but Olympic Tennis is not set up like Teams are Facing other teams until they make the Finals against each other, like maybe USTA League Tennis or even World Team Tennis. Olympic Tennis is a regular single-elimination tournament and without the very best players in the draw, it really wouldn't embody the APEX of this sport:shrug:

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 04:04 AM
Duh. But she also has the right to criticize something she believes is handled poorly. :shrug:

Could you please point out to me where I suggested she didn't? I just don't think Serena's criticism is justified, given her Fed Cup history: two ties in 1999, one tie in 2003, one tie in 2007, and two ties this year. Is she the only player to do the bare minimum required for Olympic eligibility? Of course not (see: Sharapova, Maria), but if not for that, I would argue that Serena never would have played Fed Cup at all, which would in no way have reflected badly on her as a player or as a person.

Maddox
May 16th, 2012, 04:16 AM
Stupid Stupid Stupid title. OP should change it. There is no Bombshell, and there is no way in hell Serena is missing the Olympics :o

Bijoux0021
May 16th, 2012, 05:00 AM
Stupid Stupid Stupid title. OP should change it. There is no Bombshell, and there is no way in hell Serena is missing the Olympics :o
EXACTLY!

The OP doesn't have a life and wants some attention. :o

Malva
May 16th, 2012, 05:17 AM
I somehow believe that absence of the best players for Fed cup matches should be a rare exception and not a rule. The US boasting for the whole decade two of the greatest players and not being able to use them to win the Fed Cup year after year is for me something of an embarrassment.

RVD
May 16th, 2012, 05:43 AM
Am I the only one who don't see the point of Fed Cup?:eek:Nope.
You're definitely not alone.

TennisAddict84
May 16th, 2012, 05:46 AM
Could you please point out to me where I suggested she didn't? I just don't think Serena's criticism is justified, given her Fed Cup history: two ties in 1999, one tie in 2003, one tie in 2007, and two ties this year. Is she the only player to do the bare minimum required for Olympic eligibility? Of course not (see: Sharapova, Maria), but if not for that, I would argue that Serena never would have played Fed Cup at all, which would in no way have reflected badly on her as a player or as a person.

I somehow believe that absence of the best players for Fed cup matches should be a rare exception and not a rule. The US boasting for the whole decade two of the greatest players and not being able to use them to win the Fed Cup year after year is for me something of an embarrassment.

Completely agree with both of you. Both Serena and Venus only want to participate and make themselves available for Fed Cup when they need to satisfy the bare minimum Olympic eligibility requirements. The reality is neither one of them cares about Fed Cup when it's not used to satisfy the Olympics. For Serena to say that she loves Fed Cup and that it interferes with the tournaments on the tour is totally bogus. There were plenty of times in the past where she could have participated in Fed Cup when it did not interfere with a tournament. But instead of supporting the team when they really needed her, she came up with an excuse not to participate. So I'm not sure what she is complaining about. The revised eligibility rules are completely justified. Plenty of other top players have played for their country in Fed Cup time and time again, and are able to make the scheduling work. So if Serena wants another Olympic medal that badly, she should do the same.

MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 05:47 AM
Completely agree with both of you. Both Serena and Venus only want to participate and make themselves available for Fed Cup when they need to satisfy the bare minimum Olympic eligibility requirements. The reality is neither one of them cares about Fed Cup when it's not used to satisfy the Olympics. For Serena to say that she loves Fed Cup and that it interferes with the tournaments on the tour is totally bogus. There were plenty of times in the past where she could have participated in Fed Cup when it did not interfere with a tournament. But instead of supporting the team when they really needed her, she came up with an excuse not to participate. So I'm not sure what she is complaining about. The revised eligibility rules are completely justified. Plenty of other top players have played for their country in Fed Cup time and time again, and are able to make the scheduling work. So if Serena wants another Olympic medal that badly, she should do the same.
Why does this even matter? Why should they care?

TennisAddict84
May 16th, 2012, 06:01 AM
Why does this even matter? Why should they care?

Because both competitions represent playing for your country regardless that one is a team sport and the other is individual or partnered. Hence, that's why the Olympics uses Fed Cup and Davis Cup as requirements to fulfill the eligibility. So if Serena cares that much about representing her country in the Olympics, then she should feel equally compelled to participate in Fed Cup.

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 06:01 AM
Why does this even matter? Why should they care?

I never suggested that they should care, but Serena's actions don't match up with her words. If she loved working with Zina Garrison as much as she claimed, then why did she only play for Zina once? Don't tell me you enjoy playing Fed Cup when it's clear you only do it to be eligible for the Olympics. Again, she's not the only player, male or female, to use Fed/Davis Cup strictly for that purpose, but she is the only player that I know of who consistently contradicts themselves on this subject.

Halepsova
May 16th, 2012, 06:04 AM
She's so going there, trust me. :lol:

TennisAddict84
May 16th, 2012, 06:08 AM
I never suggested that they should care, but Serena's actions don't match up with her words. If she loved working with Zina Garrison as much as she claimed, then why did she only play for Zina once? Don't tell me you enjoy playing Fed Cup when it's clear you only do it to be eligible for the Olympics. Again, she's not the only player, male or female, to use Fed/Davis Cup strictly for that purpose, but she is the only player that I know of who consistently contradicts themselves on this subject.

For sure

Malva
May 16th, 2012, 06:09 AM
Why does this even matter? Why should they care?

I think that this in fact does matter, and I also can say that I would be delighted if they cared. Playing for your country, especially when you are the best player not only in this country but probably on the planet should be a matter of principle.

RVD
May 16th, 2012, 06:14 AM
She's so going there, trust me. :lol:Yep, I agree. It's not really worth debating.
Still, if the Team American wants to send the least of the best that our country can offer, then so be it. Olympic rules aren't written in stone, and allowances have been made in the past.
Serena is once again, absolutely correct. And like you, I also believe that she'll represent as well.

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 06:52 AM
Yep, I agree. It's not really worth debating.
Still, if the Team American wants to send the least of the best that our country can offer, then so be it. Olympic rules aren't written in stone, and allowances have been made in the past.
Serena is once again, absolutely correct. And like you, I also believe that she'll represent as well.

Such as.....?

Beat
May 16th, 2012, 07:15 AM
"I think that tennis is one of the few sports in which you play so long and you play all year for your country and then you still have to prove yourself playing for your country again,"

that's bullshit; outside fed/davis cup, tennis is one of the sports where it's all about the individual and not the nationality (and that's one of the reasons it's such a good sport).

dragonflies
May 16th, 2012, 08:00 AM
that's bullshit; outside fed/davis cup, tennis is one of the sports where it's all about the individual and not the nationality (and that's one of the reasons it's such a good sport).








I disagree.






Serena has a point in saying that. For some countries that are fortunate to be filled with tennis champions and bombarded with achievements in the whole histories might take victories in the tennis circle for granted and not be appreciated that much, but for other countries, that would be a big deal.






Did Li Na and Jie played for themselves as individuals in the AO some years ago? When they both made the SF, that became headlines and grabbed the attention of the whole countries. They were appeared on all the newspapers and be the talks of everyone and have hundreds of millions people watching their matches. Were Chinese people proud that much if Na and Jie just competed for themselves and not represented Chinese people? Did Justine Henin ( and later Kim Clijsters) have no relation with Belgium country when she became the first Belgian to win the FO which made her the country's heroin and gave her the honor to have a meal with the Belgium Royal family? Was Frnacesca Schiavone not the first Italian to win the FO that gave her all the press and the nation's attention so she was so distracted and had poor results afterward? And many more examples if we care to look in.


When a player competes in a world stage, s/he is for sure competes for the glory of her/ himself, but also represent the whole nation and the achievements they got will go to the history book of the world and the country that they represent.


In this thread , there are so many posts( darinbaker00, tennisArt,...) that failed in reasoning and lacking of knowledge about tennis and Olympics' history, rules and regulations. I had posted some insights in the Marion Bartoli's Olympics threads, so I'm not interested/ have time to repeat them again.

Adrian.
May 16th, 2012, 08:15 AM
Such a shit :o
Serena played 6 tournaments so far this year and she cries that she has to play once a year a FedCup match? :spit::haha:
Everyone should just shut up, because this is a great rule...also for the others...if you want to represent your country at the Olympics, you have to show that.
In any other sports, athletes have to play way more often for your country, to be able to represent your country at the olympics. :shrug:

valac222
May 16th, 2012, 08:37 AM
Attending in Olimpics are not guaranteed in any sports. National federations have to assign participants for every single events. The participants have to fullfill the criterias of IOC and National Federations. There are several even more stupid selection rules, like athletics in US,or almost all so-called quota sports (or tennis in Germany).

Even Bartoli and Serena have to accept rules (and it does not matter if those rules are good or bad)

Destiny
May 16th, 2012, 08:39 AM
How would SHE be on the over of Vogue due to her being at th Olympic than not be there ! Sit OP ! As if The USA would miss a chance of getting gold medals in anything

RyanGuy
May 16th, 2012, 08:43 AM
Serena should get revenge against Fed Cup by playing her next fed cup match like a zombie. Don't even jump to serve. Hit the ball as hard as you can and if it lands in, well that's cool, if it lands in and your opponent still manages to slice it back, act surprised and walk to your chair for a cool drink. I think Serena will still win comfortably 6-4 6-4 though

*Jool*
May 16th, 2012, 09:35 AM
I like Serena but how exactly did playing FED cup in Ukraine prevented her from playing Stuttgart? :scratch: others did play both..

flareon
May 16th, 2012, 09:53 AM
Old news, serena said she wanted to play stuggart but had to play fed cup so she can make olympics.

rvugt
May 16th, 2012, 10:08 AM
Such a shit :o
Serena played 6 tournaments so far this year and she cries that she has to play once a year a FedCup match? :spit::haha:
Everyone should just shut up, because this is a great rule...also for the others...if you want to represent your country at the Olympics, you have to show that.
In any other sports, athletes have to play way more often for your country, to be able to represent your country at the olympics. :shrug:

+1! ;) I always think the Williams sisters are whining about everything, as it is clear that other players are much more time on court than they are. In the past this was also the case, when they were complaining about the rankings. Jankovic being no.1 without winning a Slam, well, if the Williams sisters would have played full-time and not just the slams, they would have been no.1 for quite some years!

I like Serena but how exactly did playing FED cup in Ukraine prevented her from playing Stuttgart? :scratch: others did play both..

Indeed, 2 matches a week and 1 tournament a month is already too much!

Tenis Srbija
May 16th, 2012, 10:57 AM
When I read the title
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MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 12:52 PM
Okay, no one really answered my question(s) in a way that satisfies me or answers it thoroughly. Why does Fed Cup matter?

BoucharDRules
May 16th, 2012, 01:17 PM
This is good news. As long as Serena doesn't get her hands on Elena's gold.

Rolling-Thunder
May 16th, 2012, 01:20 PM
The FED Cup should be played every two years.

thrust
May 16th, 2012, 01:37 PM
No one is forcing the players to do anything. If you want to play in the Olympics, you have to follow the eligibility rules thst the ITF has laid out. If they don't like it, no one is stopping them from boycotting the Olympics in protest.

EXACTLY! The Olympics will survive and be of great interest whether Serena plays or not. I agree that the rules are somewhat silly, but rules are rules, like it or not.

Ntosake
May 16th, 2012, 02:39 PM
:yawn: She'll be there.

Tenis Srbija
May 16th, 2012, 02:42 PM
Okay, no one really answered my question(s) in a way that satisfies me or answers it thoroughly. Why does Fed Cup matter?

Why does World Championship in any sport matters? :rolleyes:

MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 02:54 PM
Why does World Championship in any sport matters? :rolleyes:
Still not answering my question. I really want to know why Fed Cup is so important. It's a genuine question.

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 03:03 PM
Okay, no one really answered my question(s) in a way that satisfies me or answers it thoroughly. Why does Fed Cup matter?

Only you can answer that question for yourself. Why does Fed Cup matter to you?

kangwoo
May 16th, 2012, 03:10 PM
serena desperately wants single gold medal...graff, capriati, davenport, venus, henin all multiples gs winners with olympic gold and dementieva won olympic something serena doesnt has yet

MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 03:13 PM
Only you can answer that question for yourself. Why does Fed Cup matter to you?
IT DOESN'T! lol. Which is why I'm trying to get another perspective...:unsure:

new-york
May 16th, 2012, 03:32 PM
Fed Cup is a nice change up, playing for your country as a team. I'm not sure players feel like playing for their country all the other weeks. Do they mention their country after winning tournaments (I'm not talking about family back home)?

I've never understood why it seemed to be such a big sacrifice for players. I know you have to be there in advance to train and prepare, but you usually play two matches and that's it.

Now, Serena will be there, no doubt.

darrinbaker00
May 16th, 2012, 03:49 PM
Fed Cup is a nice change up, playing for your country as a team. I'm not sure players feel like playing for their country all the other weeks. Do they mention their country after winning tournaments (I'm not talking about family back home)?

I've never understood why it seemed to be such a big sacrifice for players. I know you have to be there in advance to train and prepare, but you usually play two matches and that's it.

Now, Serena will be there, no doubt.

It's a big sacrifice for players because they aren't getting paid for it.

TennisAddict84
May 16th, 2012, 04:54 PM
It's a big sacrifice for players because they aren't getting paid for it.

Exactly. Serena needs to stop whining. Either suck it up and follow the rules or don't participate in the Olympics.

MrProdigy555
May 16th, 2012, 05:19 PM
Exactly. Serena needs to stop whining. Either suck it up and follow the rules or don't participate in the Olympics.
I find it funny how the same people saying she isn't patriotic or whatever are the same people who root against her and insult her-----until the Olympics come around. I would give you all a big fuck you while taking my Gold Medal(s). :rolleyes:

Hurley
May 16th, 2012, 05:23 PM
Lord Jesus, I cannot believe this thread is still going. Do a post search for the OP and you'll see how long this should have lasted. :facepalm:

Serena is going to the Olympics. She's probably going to win two golds. It's over. Shut this mother down.

http://www.splforum.com/forum/images/smilies/dancinglock.gif

Shivank17
May 16th, 2012, 05:32 PM
I like Serena but how exactly did playing FED cup in Ukraine prevented her from playing Stuttgart? :scratch: others did play both..

So many who played both got injured.

acetoace
May 16th, 2012, 08:24 PM
So many who played both got injured.

Here u are still stalking Serena all over. This is what u sent to me just a little over a week ago "Let's see how many real clay tourneys Rena wins this year". And my reply to your monkey ass is.....:hope u're counting her titles already and there will be more to break your sad mind!!:rolleyes:

Shivank17
May 16th, 2012, 08:31 PM
Real clay == Red clay. :p And can you pls do the honors of quoting the 'very smart' post I gave you a bad rep for. :)

And I agree with Rena here, sorry I didn't know agreeing is the new stalking. :)

acetoace
May 16th, 2012, 08:55 PM
Real clay == Red clay. :p And can you pls do the honors of quoting the 'very smart' post I gave you a bad rep for. :)

And I agree with Rena here, sorry I didn't know agreeing is the new stalking. :)


Who is asking u to agree to anything? Serena is proving her point on tennis court and that's what matters to me. As for the "smart" quote, common, don't tell me u're that dull to know the difference!!:lol:

Shivank17
May 16th, 2012, 09:02 PM
well no one is asking me, but no one important enough has told me not to post my opinion. :)

And you did not get what I meant. :facepalm: So forget it.

RVD
May 16th, 2012, 11:07 PM
Still not answering my question. I really want to know why Fed Cup is so important. It's a genuine question.You won't get an answer because the ones saying it matters don't honestly know why themselves.
They just enjoy coming out and talking shit about Serena.
And if you notice, it's ALWAYS the same buffoons.

Don't worry. Serena will be selected to represent America. :cool:

RVD
May 16th, 2012, 11:09 PM
I find it funny how the same people saying she isn't patriotic or whatever are the same people who root against her and insult her-----until the Olympics come around. I would give you all a big fuck you while taking my Gold Medal(s). :rolleyes::lol: :lol:
I just posted something similar above. :lol:
It's ALWAYS the same HATEZ. :lol:
They detest Serena, yet always follow her and hang on her every word. :shrug:

azinna
May 17th, 2012, 12:43 AM
Serena is just doing some pre-appeal press.
....

RenaSlam.
May 17th, 2012, 12:43 AM
This thread title makes zero sense.

Sianta
May 17th, 2012, 02:03 AM
It's a big sacrifice for players because they aren't getting paid for it.

Most of the top players say it's not about the money, it's the trophy / title. When you are earning the sort of cash these ladies are, skipping 1 tournament is not big deal, especially when you consider that some of the top players are no more than part timers anyway. They know the rules and if the Olympics are a priority for them they can find away to qualify and get themselves there. I don't think it's fair for the players who turn up for each Fed Cup tie to play for their country to be not considered for the Olympics because some diva (not just Serena BTW) is stamping her feet saying "not fair, poor me".

darrinbaker00
May 17th, 2012, 02:53 AM
Most of the top players say it's not about the money, it's the trophy / title.

Most of the top players are lying. If the French Tennis Federation came out today and said, "We're no longer offering prize money for Roland Garros, but the winners can keep the trophies," Alexandra Stevenson would wind up being the top seed.