I see on the entry lists that some players are listed as full members and others as associate members.
What's the difference? Do the players decide themselves what they are, or does the WTA tell them what they are?
Jan 8th, 2005, 11:40 AM
not posted the whole of the details which can be found on the Rules Book on WTA site
WTA TOUR MEMBERSHIP
1. Membership Qualifications 2005
Full Membership - $ 1,000: Any player who has earned a
minimum of $45,000 as her primary source of income derived
from participation in WTA Tour Tournaments only (includes Grand
Slams but not ITF Circuit Tournaments) in either one of the past
two calendar years is eligible for full membership status. This
membership entitles players to all the benefits and voting
privileges available to Full Members of the WTA Tour and the
Women’s Tennis Benefit Association.
Associate Membership - $ 500: Any player who has earned a
minimum of $ 500 from her participation in WTA Tour
Tournaments in either one of the past two calendar years, or
would have earned said sum amount except for her amateur
status is eligible for Associate Membership status. This
membership entitles players to all the benefits available to
Associate Members of the WTA Tour and Women’s Tennis
Note: Associate Membership is not available to any player who
qualifies for Full Membership.
4. Membership Benefits
Full and Associate Member Benefits:
Personal access to the Player Lounge, the WTA
Tour’s Member Only intranet site.
WTA Tour Membership card for access to all WTA
Important Tour information and tournament updates
Optional Worldwide Medical, Dental and Vision
Opportunity to serve on the Players’ Committee.
Eligibility for Luxilon contract.
Additional benefits for Full Members:
Discounted price on optional Worldwide Health
Optional Disability Insurance.
Eligibility to participate in the Player Pension Plan.
Opportunity to vote for or serve as a Players’ Council
Eligibility for Lotto contract.
5. Membership Responsibilities
As a condition of membership in the WTA Tour,
players must abide by the terms of the WTA Tour
Rules including and not limited to the Tennis Anti Doping Program and the timely payment of all monies
owed to the Tour including fines.
There will be two mandatory meetings per calendar
year for all Full Members participating in the Main
Draw singles or doubles of the Tournament where the
meetings are held. Failure to attend will result in a
fine being assessed based on the players’ ranking at
the time of the tournament.