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Here's the 2000 Year end top ten
01. Martina Hingis
02. Lindsay Davenport
03. Venus Williams
04. Monica Seles
05. Conchita Martinez
06. Serena Williams
07. Mary Pierce
08. Anna Kournikova
09. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
10. Nathalie Tauziat

Supposedly, the four player in bold above were going to be the next generation of tennis champions. Two of them played a lot young. Two of them didn't.

Now two of them are out of the game, or almost so. The two who played a lot young. Think the WTA would like to have a healthy, winning Hingis and Kournikova right now?
 

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Yes and so would I. Question; Three and a half years from now will two more players drop out from overplaying?
 

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that has nothing to do with the AER.

Venus and Serena play NOW 12/14 tournaments a year, there isn't any rule that forces them to play that little, it's their own decision, there is no ground to affirm that if the AER hadn't been in place when they were under 18 they would have played more.

The AER didn't prevent Dokic from burning out AFTER she turn 18, she wasn't overplaying before because she couldn't, but once the rule was not applicable she just played as much as she could, and she did burn out.

Plus, Venus was never subject to the AER.

Jennifer Capriati was one of the main reasons while the AER exists in the first place, she wasn't benefitted by it and her problems came more from excessive preasure than excessive play, she was able to come back at a later age and win 3 GSs.

Monica Seles wasn't under the AER, she could play as much as she could but she chose not to. but in the past 5 years, being a mature and experienced players, she overplayed leading to injuries.

what is too much for certain players can be good enough for others, and viceversa, for Monica, playing a lot less tournaments than Jelena, Kim or Justine for example, was more harmful than for them.

I am sure the WTA would like to have a healthy Hingis and a healthy Kournikova, does it mean they have to imposse restrictions to teenagers? against they wishes or their families, who are they to decide what's right or wrong for the players?

If they want to limit burn outs and injuries, fine, limit the number of tournaments but for EVERYONE, I dont' care if they are 12 or 85. Good judgement not always come with age (as Dokic has proved) and Hingis was overplaying when she was well passed the AER restrictions.
 

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Volcana said:
Here's the 2000 Year end top ten
08. Anna Kournikova
09. Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario
10. Nathalie Tauziat

Supposedly, the four player in bold above were going to be the next generation of tennis champions. Two of them played a lot young. Two of them didn't.


:rolleyes: How many times are we going to have to repeat this? Anna Kournikova was under AER. They didn't help her. She just practiced way too much. AER isn't going to help anyone with that.

AER wouldn't have prevented Martina's injury. Venus & Serena have had a lot more injuries than Martina, it's just that when Martina finally got one, it was serious and chronic.

btw, Mirjana Lucic was also supposed to be one of the dominating players that came from this generation. I remember Chris Evert thought that she would be the best out of all 5 of these player. She was probably the first player that the AER fully affected.
 

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Volcana said:
Supposedly, the four player in bold above were going to be the next generation of tennis champions. Two of them played a lot young. Two of them didn't.
At no time Kournikova was playing moer than Venus in terms of AER..
 
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