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Atrixo
Jan 2nd, 2005, 10:24 AM
I'm not sure if everyone's aware that some changes were made to the AER for 2005. Nothing too drastic, but they seem to be "loosening" the rules a bit more again.

15 and 16-year olds each have one extra tournament allowed (9 & 11 total, respectively); while 17-year olds are allowed an extra two tournaments (15 total). 16 & 17-year olds are still allowed to apply for one to two extra tournaments, on top of that total.

The number of wild cards has been increased as well. 16-year olds get an extra one (4 total); and 17-year olds now have a maximum of eight wild cards in total.

14-year olds can now play in all levels of FED Cup competition. Also, it seems that they can receive a wild card into one Grand Slam. The WTA has removed that restriction for 14-year olds. Interesting development...

14 to 17-year olds are also allowed to enter in an unlimited number of exhibition/non-tour events now.

That's about it for the changes. So what does everyone think?

JenFan75
Jan 2nd, 2005, 10:30 AM
I think that they should elminate that thing completely.

Volcana
Jan 2nd, 2005, 02:59 PM
Considering how well young players are now doing, without burning out, maybe they should have left things as they were. We had two teen GS winners last year, so obviously no one's development is being hurt by the AER.

vutt
Jan 2nd, 2005, 06:09 PM
Considering how well young players are now doing, without burning out, maybe they should have left things as they were. We had two teen GS winners last year, so obviously no one's development is being hurt by the AER.

GS winners yeah, but WTA & Co could have put Maria S. into lot more good use in order to milk more $$$ if there have not been restricting AER rules. :devil:

ktwtennis
Jan 3rd, 2005, 01:22 AM
GS winners yeah, but WTA & Co could have put Maria S. into lot more good use in order to milk more $$$ if there have not been restricting AER rules. :devil:How long would they be able to do that if she burned out? You have to invest in the FUTURE...Well said Volcana.

Volcana
Jan 3rd, 2005, 01:33 AM
GS winners yeah, but WTA & Co could have put Maria S. into lot more good use in order to milk more $$$ if there have not been restricting AER rules. :devil:Somewhat irrelevant.

a) Sharapova played 19 tournaments last year. If the rules kept her from playing as much as Zvonareva or Petrova, I'm all for that. A seventeen year old isn't an adult.

b) The AER applies to thousands of potential WTA players. It's there because so many players burned-out and got injured so young. Not to mention all the money spent of prospective careers that never materialize. The AER is like the rankings. It applies to everyone, not just the people at the top. If the WTA makes a little less money now, but gets more, better and healthier players later, it'll make all that money and more back later.

With an AER, maybe Martina Hingis isn't in retirement due to injures. Maybe she doesn't log quite so many miles on her feet while the bones are still developing. Sure 1997 was a great year for the WTA. But wouldn't it have been better to have Hingis for 2003-2010?

Kart
Jan 3rd, 2005, 01:55 AM
We had two teen GS winners last year, so obviously no one's development is being hurt by the AER.
Yet.

I agree with you though that they should have left things as they were.

Still, I have little doubt that it will only be a matter of time before we see another great teen player burn out and the whole issue is revisited yet again.

Andrew.
Jan 3rd, 2005, 02:13 AM
The AER for 17 year olds is pointless. Under AER Sharapova has played more tournaments that the world number one and two.

Atrixo
Jan 3rd, 2005, 03:50 AM
The funny thing is that most young players don't "burnout" from playing too many, professional tournaments. It's the insane number of junior tournaments they're allowed to play at the same time.

The ITF seems to think these rules are perfectly fine for juniors:

13-year olds can play a total of 10 tournaments; plus 4 if they can reach a top 50 rank in juniors.

14-year olds can play a total of 14 tournaments; plus 4 if they can reach a top 20 ranking in juniors.

15-year olds can play a total of 16 tournaments; plus 4 if they can reach a top 20 ranking in juniors.

16-year olds can play a total of 25 tournaments, period.

17-year olds have no restrictions as to how many tournaments they may enter.

They're just as much --- if not much more --- travelling, physical wear, etc... on the junior circuit, than a pro would ever have to deal with.

Why this contradictory, and hypocritical attitude by the WTA/ITF regarding juniors and pros.

Think about it. Because young players are greatly restricted in terms of how many pro events they can play; many probably feel increased pressure to perform well, knowing that the margin for error is very limited. If they can't play against pros --- gaining valuable experience --- they're reduced to entering a vast number of junior tournaments to get playing time. This can be greatly detrimental to promising players, who have excelled at the junior level, and have learned all that can be learned from that level. It isn't helping them any, by forcing them to remain static; and restricting them from making their own choice as to when they're ready to turn pro.

The ATP only places restrictions on 14 & 15-year olds. Once you turn 16, you can play an unrestricted number of tournaments. They don't seem to have a noticeable problem with "burnout". Plus, you have to factor in the notion, that boys physically develop LATER than girls. All this coddling of female players smacks of gender bias and sexism. Girls aren't capable of playing more than men at an earlier age; they just aren't ready mentally, or physically. Bullshit! A 16-year old girl is physically mature --- has reached adult height and weight --- and mentally ready to make that decision on their own. If people feel, 16-year old boys can; why not girls?

TheBoiledEgg
Jan 3rd, 2005, 05:08 AM
Somewhat irrelevant.

a) Sharapova played 19 tournaments last year. If the rules kept her from playing as much as Zvonareva or Petrova, I'm all for that. A seventeen year old isn't an adult.


Thats cos the AER dont work by Calendar year ;)
AER starts from one birthday till the next.

its down to you when you wanna play the tourns, early on after your b-day or save them till later or spread them out.