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She's taking it from another player's pocket.
Not really, because there would always be a player to take her place in the draw.... So it's unfortunate for Vogele that she did not make the main draw but a lucky loser will now be in Katie's place in the draw and get the prize money. In essence, if you are just outside the cutoff, like Vogele, it's down to luck whether you get in to the draw or not anyway. I also think it's better in this instance that someone who made the final round of qualifying gets into the MD over someone who lost in the first round of qualifying.
 

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There is no evidence that Giorgi went to Paris to collect 50% of the 1R prize money.

To be on spot and to be examined by an independent doctor is a mandatory requirement for the new rule to apply. Of course we do not know about the medical examination, but is well documented that Boulter was in Paris.

Also Berdich was in Paris, so the rule applies, but again there is no evidence for the Parisian presence of Raonic or Kyrgios.
Well you had to delay your withdrawal until after 12pm either French or UK time on the Thursday and Giorgi conveniently withdrew after that point and before the 7pm draw. Had she withdrawn on Wednesday then she wouldn't have received it like Makarova/Sharapova etc. didn't, but her press are not like vultures, so we probably won't know for certain, but either way, had Giorgi withdrew 3 or 4 days earlier, before qualifying started, Voegele would have been in the main draw and Bondar would have been in qualifying which generally seems to be the main gripe of people on this thread.
 

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Not really, because there would always be a player to take her place in the draw.... So it's unfortunate for Vogele that she did not make the main draw but a lucky loser will now be in Katie's place in the draw and get the prize money. In essence, if you are just outside the cutoff, like Vogele, it's down to luck whether you get in to the draw or not anyway. I also think it's better in this instance that someone who made the final round of qualifying gets into the MD over someone who lost in the first round of qualifying.
She also denies a player (with Giorgi, that's two players) to be able to play qualies. Especially this year when the cut off was a bit harsher than usual.
 

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Not really, because there would always be a player to take her place in the draw....
Wrong. She prevented a girl out of the top 200 to play qualies and get (at least for a 1RQ loss) a much needed €7,000 check.

she has done nothing wrong. She has made less than £100k this year, so a £20k windfall for that level of player, same with every player in that ranking range, is certainly not to sniffed at.
Poor thing. Less than 100,000 pounds. By May. Bless her.

Right, she withdrew from Surbiton already, so no way did she think she could play the FO.

I think she got some advice from someone to do this, probably her coach.
At least they could have told her to wait and withdraw from Surbiton AFTER withdrawing from RG so she doesn't make a fool of herself :facepalm:
 

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So she should have turned up, played a few games, retired and taken twice as much money?

Thats what was happening all over Wimbledon 2017 when the powers that be decided to take action.
If you retire in the first round , you may get fined


Factors that may be considered by the Referee in making such a determination
include, but are not limited to, the following:
(i) the player did not complete the match;
(ii) the player did not compete in the 2-3 week period preceding the Grand
Slam;
(iii) the player retired from the last tournament he/she played before the Grand
Slam;
(iv) the player was using a Protected or Special Ranking for entry;
(v) the player received a Code Violafor failure to use Best Effort
 

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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.
 

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Independent doctor is not really an option. They are no fine black and white lines reagarding health. And even if there is conses about the state the player's body is in, it is realyl on the player to decide - once in while there would be condition one player would play with and another would not, some condition might be like it takes over na hour of play for the body part to be pressured to become a problem, a time, player might hope to decide a match already before having to dealing with the issue. Some might want to take precaution and be ready for next slam on more favourable surface, some want to play anyway as this is their farewell tournament etc

In the end, doctors can't tell a player she can't play, that could open a new can of worms as potentially abuseable and if somebody would be foudn unfit to play and would face repercusiions if withdrawing late, that would push some injured players to play in effort to show they are not misusing any rules.

I prefer the aforementioned idea of giving this Buzarnescu/Boulter money to players withdrawing in any time between cut off and q draw, perhaps maybe lessing the money for players withdrawing after q draw by 10% or something. To limit late withdrawals to mostly those unfortunate players getting injured/sick at the very last days before tournament or with reasonable hope to get better to be able to play but ultimately failing to do that. There always be player with genuinely day-to-day conditions and late injuries to withdraw late and those have to retain the security of having 50% money withotu being barred from playing by any new rules. The others should be positively motivated to withdraw in time.
 

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There's not much wrong with what she did, a lot of people would do the same if they were in her position.
But it is how she still try to uphold her image as someone not trying to do what's she did was the most upsetting thing.
 

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Boo fucking hoo that some scrubs are missing out on making the cut due to the late withdrawals. Maybe they should work harder at their own games so they're ranked high enough and are not relying on other people being injured to make it in.
 

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It's a joke. But also it's a joke rule. 50% of a lot of money is still a lot of money so no surprise players will sink to lows like this one.


Just pay the directly in MD players some kind of rent that is comparable to 1st round money at Slams and then abolish the 1st round money except for qualifiers.

I guess i don't understand the current rule then, because i thought that as long as Boulter was ELIGIBLE to play MD, that she could pull out citing her injury, and she didn't actually have to appear in the draw to get half the 1R money... Steffi Voegele got ripped off, no question, as did the girl who missed out on playing qualifying.
 

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I guess i don't understand the current rule then, because i thought that as long as Boulter was ELIGIBLE to play MD, that she could pull out citing her injury, and she didn't actually have to appear in the draw to get half the 1R money... Steffi Voegele got ripped off, no question.
The rule is they have to withdraw on-site, which will mean after the draws have been made and the qualifying has started. No money for earlier withdrawal - Sharapova can afford it, Boulter evidently can't.
 

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Sharapova can not only afford it, she can understand that the bad publicity from mangling it like this would cost her more than an early withdrawal.
 

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I guess i don't understand the current rule then, because i thought that as long as Boulter was ELIGIBLE to play MD, that she could pull out citing her injury, and she didn't actually have to appear in the draw to get half the 1R money... Steffi Voegele got ripped off, no question, as did the girl who missed out on playing qualifying.
You do not have to be on the draw, you have to withdraw after Wednesday 12 pm


A player who withdraws from the Main Draw singles competition prior to
his/her first match shall receive 50% of the first round prize money if the
following conditions are met:
i. The withdrawal must occur after 12 noon, on Wednesday before
the start of the Main Draw;
ii. The player must be on-site at the time of the withdrawal and
must be declared unfit to play by the Tournament Doctor;
iii. Each player is limited to two (2) Grand Slam Tournaments in a
calendar year where he/she may receive prize money for the onsite withdrawal
 

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_French_Open#Prize_money

Look at that prize money:

2 x 2,300,000 Euro winners cheques
2 x 1,180,000 runners up
4 x 590,000 semi finals
etc. etc. etc.

42,661,000 Euro total prize money

Obscene prize funds and I think the FO is actually less than Wimbledon and certainly the US Open, so it'll be even more at those 2. I'm repeating myself, but they could easily set up an injury pot out of that to pay, in this case, Sharapova, Makarova, Boulter and Giorgi (and any equivalent male players) half of the money to avoid all of this. Voegele would have got in the draw, Bondar would have got into qualifying.

The slams are by far the most prestigious events so you're going to do everything in your power to play, but if you can't then you are encouraged (and benefited) to pull out as soon as you know to give others a chance (as RookiePundit said) and if there were any late genuine withdrawals, then LL spots could open up and it would be less of a farce.

If you've made the cut 5 weeks out, then you're guaranteed to be paid as a reward for getting your ranking that high so close to the draw. Seriously, what's stopping them doing that, surely that makes most sense?
 

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What happened to Giorgi? She withdrew from the April 22 Istanbul.

The WTA Singles Draw PDF told "C. Giorgi (Injury TBC)" firstly.

The PDF was updated every day until the tournament finished but still did not tell what the injury was.



 

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People tends to forget the rationale of the rule.

Before this new rule, players clearly unfit to play were entering the slam, playing a few games of the first round and then retire, thus generating three effects:

- collecting the full 1R prize money
- depriving any other player from entering
- giving to the spectators, on site and on TV, a bad show

With the new rule the first effect is cut in half, the other two are totally avoided, since the player is anyway replaced by the next alternate or a LL.

Boulter and Berdich (if it will be the case even Giorgi, Raonic and Kyrgios) are not only using the rule, but they are using it in the only possible way.

It is not like the MTO, that can be used properly or even in an unfair way, this rule can be used ONLY in this way.

What we can perhaps blame to Boulter is to have given too much publicity to the fact, while for example Berdych has been much more discrete:

 

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