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SuperG
Apr 15th, 2003, 05:40 PM
Hello to all of you!

May i first write that, if you are not into tennis as business, future stars, or german tennis, you do not have to read all that!

As you know the German Open in Berlin are soon to start, and the Federation got 4 wild-cards to give to young german talents.... at least they should do!

But they had a german championship (indoors) where the winner got a wild card promised! Acutally a nice idea to let all german players fight for a wild card, but why on carpet if the german open are played on clay..... well anyway, not the worst decision, but there are only 3 wild cards left!

Next they have to keep one wild card left for some top player who decides to enter in the last minute. Understandable, but only 2 are left now!

So what would you expect them to do now? I would say its obvious that they give it to young talents! But we are talking about the German Federation here!

No, they are not going to give them to Petkovic and Groenefeld, the most promising players germany has since Huber (Anke) and Graf! To give them some match experience! To give them one wta-ranking point for free, which makes it easier for them (they are only 15 and 16) to enter other tournies (one point means a lot if you want to enter 10K or 25K ITF tournies)! And maybe give them a match vs. Clijsters, Henin, Dokic, etc. where they can learn such a fucking lot!

No, they dont support their talents, but they give one wild-card to Julia Schruff, as she has reached the final of Estoril, that famous tierV tourny, last week. To a 20 year old player who has won nothing in her life!!!!!! To a player who sticks on the baseline and bounces balls back and was successful with that game style to other semi-talented players, but will never have a future!!!!!!!

Maybe still understandable, as german newspapers wrote a lot about her, in the last days and it might get them 5 extra visitors..... but only one wild card left!

So what to do with the last one? Well of course, we forgot Anna Kournikova!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Of course she has to get one!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

To get about 1000 visitors more in the first day!!!!!!!!!!

I mean, i like anna, and dont offend her for asking and for accepting! She does not have to worry about the german talents, and its her right to ask!!!! But why did they say yes? :sad:

As Graf was playing, the stadiums were sold out in germany. Same with Huber! And now nobody bothers here about tennis!!!!!!!!
And to get a half decent tourny, and dont have to show completely empty seats they give that wild card to Anna...........

instead of helping young players to reach the top, and make tennis to a self-selling business as it used to be!

and next year they will complain again, that we do not have any german top player, but how will we get one, if our talents dont even get wild cards for the german open?

ok, first i say thanks for reading, and next i ask to only reply serious posts. Either to tell me, i am wrong, and that decision was right, or to tell me i am right, and add your comment! I do know some people of the federation and want to talk to them about that, and could very well need some good points!

And no Anna support, please, as that thread is not against her! She has done nothing wrong!

-thanks a lot-

irma
Apr 15th, 2003, 05:45 PM
maybe the bild has influence. they announced anna's coming big on the frontpage of the website

irma
Apr 15th, 2003, 05:47 PM
other then that I am not so in german sport anymore but are they still naming every player who wins a match the next steffi?

:rolleyes:

Iconoclast
Apr 15th, 2003, 06:18 PM
Sorry, but Petkovic and Grönefeld have no business in a main draw. Not now, not yet. Let them play qualification. They will be pointlessly slaughtered against Top 30 opposition.

Anna Kournikova - that's an untouchable decision and not worth debating. It's about survival for this tournament, they need all the attention they can get, and no one delivers more than Anna.

She hasn't appeared in Germany very often in recent years. The media crave for her to come back. As I said, the organizers would be unimaginably stupid and self-destructive to overlook Anna for a wildcard. The main sponsor is leaving the German Open if they don't start attracting public television in Germany again. Eurosport is not enough.

Giving a wildcard to the national champ is a great idea. Especially since her name is Anca Barna. It keeps that tournament relevant to a degree that it wouldn't otherwise be.

Then there's the decision to honor Julia Schruff for her run in Estoril. I can't say I'm shocked. Most of the other German top girls are either ageing (Rittner), slumping horribly (Müller) or just plain flaky (Weingärtner).

Schruff actually stepped up and delivered a good result on clay. Sure, maybe someone like Lamade deserves it more, but she is not really in the news right now. Angelika Roesch needs to do something special as well.

Just like Julia did in Portugal. I suppose this decision is symptomatic of the crisis German women's tennis is going through.

SuperG
Apr 15th, 2003, 07:33 PM
Sorry, but Petkovic and Grönefeld have no business in a main draw. Not now, not yet. Let them play qualification. They will be pointlessly slaughtered against Top 30 opposition.

the organizers would be unimaginably stupid and self-destructive to overlook Anna for a wildcard. The main sponsor is leaving the German Open if they don't start attracting public television in Germany again.

i did not say Grönefeld or Petkovic will win, but they could gain experience there! where else should they if not at the german open?

and that second point i quoted was exactly what i was talking about! but my point of view is, that its incredibly stupid to have anna as main attraction.... not only that its very unlikely that she will win more than one match (if she even does so...) but also because:

What will they do next year?

Invite Anna again, because they have no german top players again..... ?

And the year after that one?

Germany desperately needs top players, and there are only 2 talents!!!!! They should do everything to help them on their way to the top! But instead they make storys about medium talented players (müller, rittner, barna, arn....) or about kournikova....

just the fact that you mentioned roesch profes me right! i saw her playing once and all i can say about her is: oh my god, oh my god, oh my god....... :sad: (or to use Al Bundys words: i am blind! i am blind!)

Iconoclast
Apr 15th, 2003, 08:07 PM
i did not say Grönefeld or Petkovic will win, but they could gain experience there! where else should they if not at the german open?
I see your point, but I think both of them need to mature and prove themselves somewhat more at Challenger level before having such an honor bestowed upon them. A main draw of a Tier I is stiff competition for these two players at their current level.
but my point of view is, that its incredibly stupid to have anna as main attraction.... not only that its very unlikely that she will win more than one match (if she even does so...) but also because: [Snip]
It doesn't matter that much if she is knocked out in the first round, and it isn't a certainty that she will be. Most tickets will be bought in advance. And it increases the general buzz around the tournament even if she bows out early. This is what the sponsors want. Exposure.

And it doesn't have any negative significance in the long run. If anything, an appearance by Anna will help the tournament survive. But it would surely help even more if she bothered to advance a few rounds.

Let's face it, this wildcard is not preventing any German talents from rising to the top. They have plenty of other tournaments to show their worth. Or they can do so at qualification in Berlin. Anna is not holding them down.

GoDominique
Apr 15th, 2003, 08:12 PM
I wrote about the same thing last year when Anna got a WC for Hamburg. She then decided not to play.
I don't think Anna will attract that many people. First of all, she will lose in the first round. So it would only be one day anyway. Maybe if she gets a decent doubles partner, she will fill some seats in the late days. But in Berlin's position (which is very fragile) they probably have to do it, because every visitor might be essential.

Is Anca not in directly? Then she has to get a WC.

SuperG
Apr 15th, 2003, 10:18 PM
Has not Ance won that german championship? if yes, then she would get that first wild card!

GoDominique
Apr 16th, 2003, 12:03 AM
Yes, she will get it. I meant that she should get it even if she hadn't won the German champs.

King Lindsay
Apr 16th, 2003, 12:08 AM
It's not going to help things much now that Serena withdrew.