Re: Katie Boulter makes hasty French Open getaway after picking up controversial pay
Giorgi had the sense to keep a low profile - she didn't drip stories to the press a month in advance, she withdrew before the draw, avoiding a "will she, won't she" situation, she didn't make a fake-sounding tweet about hoping to play, she didn't get photographed at Garros, or at Chelsea Flower Show or some equivalent.
In other words, she didn't exacerbate the situation to make her easy prey for a media desperate for any whiff of controversy.
Boulter withdrew from both Surbiton and Manchester on May 3, just around the time the story broke that she'd miss Garros and possibly Wimbledon.
I don't like this practice, and yes, it does impact other players, all the way down the line - the alternates, who could have played a different tournament or rested this week, the players who would have had a better seeding in qualies, the players who just missed qualies.
That said, I think everyone can understand the temptation, and the rules as they stand explicitly allow this. I think the media reaction is overly harsh, and probably came as a shock to Katie, who has been quite favourably treated up until now.