View Full Version : AER 2004 main rule change

Nov 22nd, 2003, 06:20 AM
A player who reaches a Singles ranking of fifty (50) or
better within her 16th or 17th birth year has the option to
apply, in writing, to the WTA Tour for up to two (2)
additional Tournaments at 16-years-old, and up to one (1)
additional Tournament at 17-years-old. Eligible players
should contact the WTA Tour Professional Development
department for an application form.

now i see how they got it worked out ;)
phew Dinara just hit 50 so she's eligible for 1 more tourn too :worship:

Brian Stewart
Nov 22nd, 2003, 06:47 AM
So, we have a "Sharapova Rule".

Or is it a "Sharapova Amendment" to the "Capriati Rule"?

Nov 22nd, 2003, 04:51 PM
i guess so ;)
still good news for her, plus its also good news for any other 16 yr olds who do good in future.

Martian Willow
Nov 22nd, 2003, 05:33 PM
...I thought it was the Sharapovas the AER was designed to protect in the first place... :rolleyes:

Nov 22nd, 2003, 05:34 PM
This rule was actually done with Elke Clijsters in mind...

Nov 22nd, 2003, 05:34 PM
ok at least this makes some sense. 2 more tournaments won't kill these young players

Nov 22nd, 2003, 05:45 PM
I really like the new Sharapova rule because it is based on a merit - if you are so good, you play more, you know. ;) It makes more sense because without Sharapova rule, even 16 years old players are so good would be still limited to 10 tournaments. No chance at all. So, if 16 years old players are so good, they have a chance to pull up "Hingis's success at 16", you never know! They are out somewhere in the near future. If you are not good enough, too bad. They have to wait until 18 to play full-time.

The only negative thing is that young players may be forced to train harder to become good when they reach 15/16/17 to get a silver exempt and end up with injuries... that's the only thing I am worried about that...

But even the players at 16 years old could not get a silver exempt, still have a chance to play 2 additional tournaments when they are in the top 50. It's very logical and understandable. So top 50 16 years-old players can play 12 tournaments and top 50 17 ones can play 14 tournaments. That's pretty cool.

I am really pleased with the new rule. Thanks to Sharapova! :)

Nov 22nd, 2003, 05:54 PM
I thought the AER's purpose was to give young players a better chance to have a longer career.

Of course, who would care about a 30-year-old Sharapova ? :tape:

Nov 22nd, 2003, 07:00 PM
1 or 2 more tourneys, I dont see the diffrence......

Nov 23rd, 2003, 12:57 AM
So, we have a "Sharapova Rule".

Or is it a "Sharapova Amendment" to the "Capriati Rule"?

Don't you mean a "Sharapova Amendment" the "Second Capriati Amendment" (the first was a loosening) to the "Andrea Jaeger Rule".

Crazy Canuck
Nov 23rd, 2003, 01:01 AM

I wonder who will be the next elegy of the pedophiles. :o In 2 years Maria is gonna be too old for them. :tape: So the WTA better allow her to play more tournements right now.
roft... two more years and she'll be just barely legal, which would definately be too old :o

Nov 23rd, 2003, 06:54 AM
The new rules are also ironic considering Hingis and Kournikova's apparent demise from the game.

Nov 23rd, 2003, 08:36 PM
shouldnt it be 2 more tournies at 17 and 1 more tournie at 16?????