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So many players complaining about RG being moved to September. What the hell do they expect? To play in May? Now that they finally realized thousands of people are dying in Europe and the rest of the world every day, they are silent.
 

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Be safe, smart and kind to one another in this difficult period of time… and don’t forget to stay at home
My thoughts are with everyone affected by COVID-19 and I hope we will get through this sooner than it may seem right now. Sending lots of
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Dabrowski said there's a lot of players around Saddlebrook. I understand that they need to stay fit but rules also apply to them. Selfish tennis players that can't stay the fuck home only prolong everyone's else misery.
 

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Have you seen the Russian mens amateur exho matches on bet365?

They put a stream today, they are so bad 😅

Wonder if there are ladies playing?

Russia Liga Pro

Must be a source for the streaming?
 

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Wonder if there are ladies playing?
Those matches have been going for some time already, they just weren't offered by bookmakers until recently. They play regular matches or tie break tens matches and both men and women are involved. Sometimes they even play men vs women. Not sure what is that about or where the streaming is coming from.

Biggest names involved are Sofia Vaynberg (career record 46-103), Ksenia Kolesnikova (career record 46-104) and Viktoriia Kalinina (career record 51-69).
 

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Olympics will be postponed for at least one year, said Richard Pound of the IOC

 

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We haven't talked about it much but what will happen to the prize money? Good luck finding sponsors and increasing the ticket prices in this economy.

Anyone that isn't a top 150 player can't afford a year off and even less players will break even in the years ahead.
 

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We haven't talked about it much but what will happen to the prize money? Good luck finding sponsors and increasing the ticket prices in this economy.

Anyone that isn't a top 150 player can't afford a year off and even less players will break even in the years ahead.
If prize money is reduced it will be the responsibility of the highest ranked players to ensure that in the coming years the prize money given out is less top heavy. In other words any reduction in prize money should be for the players reaching the final rounds, whereas the early rounds should remain the same. If those receiving the biggest paychecks fail to support such measures the damage to their reputations will in all likelihood hurt them more than any loss of income they would incur.
 

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I see NFL players still signing for big money. The majors might reduce the money, especially if there is no crowd, but it will be much better than no tournament
The WTA & ATP have to plan on saving the players outside the top 100
 

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...The WTA & ATP have to plan on saving the players outside the top 100
Why? Nobody except us (and their families) are interested in those players, and they don't draw the crowds, so why would you expect the tours to care whether or not those players survive? So long as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Williams are OK, the tours will be short-sightedly happy.

If prize money is reduced it will be the responsibility of the highest ranked players to ensure that in the coming years the prize money given out is less top heavy. In other words any reduction in prize money should be for the players reaching the final rounds, whereas the early rounds should remain the same. If those receiving the biggest paychecks fail to support such measures the damage to their reputations will in all likelihood hurt them more than any loss of income they would incur.
IF, on the other hand, those marquee players get behind this suggestion (or anything similar), then just maybe we will have a tour where social responsibility actually means something. Those players with hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank don't actually need any more prizemoney in their lifetimes. My suggestion would go even further - double (at a minimum) the prizemoney for the ITF tournaments and the International-level WTA events, and increase doubles prizemoney by at least a factor of five so that those who specialise in that discipline also have a chance to earn a living.

I know the chances would be just about zero, but ask the Grand Slam events to contribute to the welfare of the lower-ranked players by donating elsewhere at least part of what they were going to offer by way of extra prizemoney. We don't need an extra five or ten million dollars in each Grand Slam event every year - just imagine how far an extra 20 or 30 million would stretch if fed into the ITF prize pool, and how many more players would benefit.

And, for a really left-field communist view, how about a cap on yearly earnings? Once a player gets to (say) 7 million, they don't receive any more. It's not like they actually need that much money, after all! Instead, what they would have earned in their later tournaments gets distributed/donated to other events or to charity.

Thoughts?
 

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I am more afraid that some small/mid level ( international and premier 700) tournaments will go out business


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A man and woman self medicated to prevent Covid.
They ingested Chloroquine phosphate which is used to clean fish tanks.
The man is dead and the woman is in critical condition.
IMO these deaths are due to the hysteria created by the news media and the web.
There are only 2 deaths from Covid in the Phoenix area and 140 infected.
The greater Phoenix area has a population of almost 5 million.
 

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If they give you lemons....make lemonade.
Strippers in Portland, Oregon are out of work, because all the naked lady clubs have been closed.
The strippers are now making topless food home deliveries, while wearing face masks but little else.
 

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Why? Nobody except us (and their families) are interested in those players, and they don't draw the crowds, so why would you expect the tours to care whether or not those players survive? So long as Federer, Nadal, Djokovic and Williams are OK, the tours will be short-sightedly happy.

IF, on the other hand, those marquee players get behind this suggestion (or anything similar), then just maybe we will have a tour where social responsibility actually means something. Those players with hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank don't actually need any more prizemoney in their lifetimes. My suggestion would go even further - double (at a minimum) the prizemoney for the ITF tournaments and the International-level WTA events, and increase doubles prizemoney by at least a factor of five so that those who specialise in that discipline also have a chance to earn a living.
Many top players all reside in tax havens. They don't care about social responsability. It's mildly amusing to see where are they bunkering down during the pandemic. The Bahamas or Monaco suddenly aren't all that popular, are they?

The high turnover at the International shows that many of these tournaments aren't economically viable. It's almost impossible to double the prize money for any non-Chinese tournament. Tournaments will never increase the doubles prize money "by a factor of five". Doubles is more likely to be scrapped entirely than to see such paychecks rain down from the sky.

Most tennis players had been living in a little bubble for a while, unaffected by climate change and enjoying an ever increasing prize money. That bubble has burst.
 
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