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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 07:57 AM   #1
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Alexandra Stevenson, "amateur" prize money

Someone else put up a thread about Alexandra Stevenson, the queen of retirements.

This jogged my memory.

She is Dr J's daughter,

And she got to the Wimbledon semi-final in 1999, as an amateur, I think she was at a US college.

What happened to her prize money? Did Wimbledon keep it, give it to charity, put it in a trust fund so they could give it to her when she turned pro, something else?

This has been bugging me since forever.

If anyone knows, please post.

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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 08:30 AM   #2
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Re: Alexandra Stevenson, "amateur" prize money

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Someone else put up a thread about Alexandra Stevenson, the queen of retirements.

This jogged my memory.

She is Dr J's daughter,

And she got to the Wimbledon semi-final in 1999, as an amateur, I think she was at a US college.

What happened to her prize money? Did Wimbledon keep it, give it to charity, put it in a trust fund so they could give it to her when she turned pro, something else?

This has been bugging me since forever.

If anyone knows, please post.

She actually decided to turn pro during the tournament and so she got the money.
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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 08:43 AM   #3
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Re: Alexandra Stevenson, "amateur" prize money

And why not? She could pay for college a few times over with the SF prize money.
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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 08:44 AM   #4
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She actually decided to turn pro during the tournament and so she got the money.
Thanks for the reply.

That must have been a hard decision for her.
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Re: Alexandra Stevenson, "amateur" prize money

i've wondered about this too. what would have happened with the money had she not turned pro? in general what are the rules regarding that(prize money that an ameteur wins at pro event)?
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Old Jul 12th, 2009, 02:59 PM   #6
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I have never heard such a thing. So basically if I go to wimby now and win a round, I won't be getting the money just cause i'm an amateur?
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i've wondered about this too. what would have happened with the money had she not turned pro? in general what are the rules regarding that(prize money that an ameteur wins at pro event)?
Any unpaid prize money above and beyond an amateur’s expenses at a tournament will be divided evenly between the WTA and that tournament.

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I have never heard such a thing. So basically if I go to wimby now and win a round, I won't be getting the money just cause i'm an amateur?
Yes, only reasonable expenses (transportation, housing etc.), but not an amount greater than the prize money you would have won.
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Thanks Meelis

And what exactly is going pro? Am I not a pro if I play tourneys all the time?
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Thanks Meelis

And what exactly is going pro? Am I not a pro if I play tourneys all the time?
Turning pro just basically means you will be accepting prize money awards for the tournaments you play.

For many of the American juniors they stay amateur while they play tournaments when they are 14-18, because if they turn pro, and accept prize money they are ineligible to play in college.

This turning pro/amateur status is far more prevalent in golf then in tennis though.
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For many of the American juniors they stay amateur while they play tournaments when they are 14-18, because if they turn pro, and accept prize money they are ineligible to play in college.

This turning pro/amateur status is far more prevalent in golf then in tennis though.

Interesting responses.

I understood being amateur was necessary if you were at a US college with a sports scholarship. How does it work in golf? Justin Rose was an amateur when he had a high finish in the open. I'm 99.9% sure he wasn't at a US college. Why was he amateur and did he just turn pro to cash in as well?
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Turning pro just basically means you will be accepting prize money awards for the tournaments you play.

For many of the American juniors they stay amateur while they play tournaments when they are 14-18, because if they turn pro, and accept prize money they are ineligible to play in college.

This turning pro/amateur status is far more prevalent in golf then in tennis though.
almost correct - they can still play for a college but there has to be a break between the pro-career and college. Beier Ko is playing for Harvard for instance
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almost correct - they can still play for a college but there has to be a break between the pro-career and college. Beier Ko is playing for Harvard for instance
please explain...
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almost correct - they can still play for a college but there has to be a break between the pro-career and college. Beier Ko is playing for Harvard for instance
Isn't there also a ceiling on how high they can be ranked and/or how much prize money they can win? For instance, Cal's #1 singles player, 21-year-old freshman Jana Juricova, played on the Tour for a little while and was ranked in the 200's.
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Interesting responses.

I understood being amateur was necessary if you were at a US college with a sports scholarship. How does it work in golf? Justin Rose was an amateur when he had a high finish in the open. I'm 99.9% sure he wasn't at a US college. Why was he amateur and did he just turn pro to cash in as well?
Well for a younger player in golf, there are a lot of amateur championships that you have to remain in amateur status to compete in. The British Amateur, US Amateur, etc. Pretty much for golfers if they want to compete on any level junior tournament they have to remain amateur, otherwise their only options are the pro events, and for many 16-18 year olds their games are not ready. Once they turn pro they are ineligible for all of those events.
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please explain...

means they should turn back to amateur
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