It's incredible how backwards some of their stuff is designed. We live in a world where you can have gigantic databases updated automatically daily and these clowns can't even put a damn profile picture to one of the Wimbledon last 8. Also did I mention the player pages suck and are update either wrong, late or not at all? I was looking at Vika's page a few days ago, researching something, and she was missing entire tournaments from her current calendar year, and her win/lose wasn't updated either.
You know it's bad when you have to go somewhere else to research stats about a player, or really do as little as check the score to a match in real time.
They can't NOT know this is an issue, right? They must be working on a proper redesign and that's why things are so shitty right now, because they're focusing on that redesign, right? This can't seriously be it...
Three points to consider:
1. When NFL players began kneeling for the U.S.' national anthem, so many fans got enraged(wrongfully so, IMO) that the league commissioner started caving to Donald Trump and even threatened the players with punishment, as if freedom of speech didn't exist. The tennis fanbase is, largely, a sit-down-and-be-quiet crowd, so the WTA doesn't fear any fan blowback from the shitty website and overall lousy outreach.
2. There are a few owners in most pro sports leagues who were NOT sons of privilege but rather earned their wealth by starting from humble beginnings. Because they used to BE working-class types, they still feel and nurture that connection with the everyday fanbase. In contrast, tennis investors are wealthy elitists, almost without fail, and they're quite happy if only the rich and HIGH upper-middle-class can afford tennis tickets.
3. We're even MORE screwed if anyone from the WTA lurks in this thread; in their arrogance, the LAST thing they want is for us to think that we have ANY influence on how they handle their day-to-day operation. Just for spite, they'll wait until at least next month before they change one iota...so no profile pic for Muchova(or title-winners Zidansek, Teichmann, Danilovic...or whomever else). Only a strong Twitter storm-- or something similarly impactful--would push them to cater to the common, working-class fanbase
Laura y Bruce Goose: Dos gansos mexicanos completamente enamorados
Ascendancy--from pusher to legendary tennis goddess
When the Lizards play their Trump card, humanity suffers
WTA suffering from Dementieva withdrawal, a lack of true queens