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2002 Gold Exempt List<br />October 10, 2001

All Tournaments Except Germany <br />1.Williams, Venus USA<br />2.Hingis, Martina SUI<br />3.Capriati, Jennifer USA<br />4.Davenport, Lindsay USA<br />5.Williams, Serena USA<br />6.Seles, Monica USA<br />7.Clijsters, Kim BEL<br />8.Henin, Justine BEL<br />9.<font color=red>Kournikova, Anna (wc) RUS</font><br />10.Mauresmo, Amelie FRA<br />11.Dokic, Jelena YUG<br />12.<font color=red>Dementieva, Elena RUS </font><br />13.Sanchez Vicario, Arantxa (wc) ESP<br />14.Coetzer, Amanda RSA<br />15.Maleeva, Maggie BUL<br />16.Shaughnessy, Meghann USA<br />17.Bedanova, Daja (wc) CZE<br />18.<font color=red>Krasnoroutskaya, Lina (wc) RUS</font><br />19.Testud, Sandrine FRA<br />20.Farina Elia, Silvia ITA

For Tournaments In Germany *

<br />1.Williams, Venus USA<br />2.Hingis, Martina SUI<br />3.Capriati, Jennifer USA<br />4.Davenport, Lindsay USA<br />5.Williams, Serena USA<br />6.Clijsters, Kim BEL<br />7.Henin, Justine BEL<br />8.<font color=red>Kournikova, Anna (wc) RUS</font><br />9.Mauresmo, Amelie FRA<br />10.Dokic, Jelena YUG<br />11.<font color=red>Dementieva, Elena RUS </font><br />12.Sanchez Vicario, Arantxa (wc) ESP<br />13.Coetzer, Amanda RSA<br />14.Maleeva, Maggie BUL<br />15.Shaughnessy, Meghann USA<br />16.Bedanova, Daja (wc) CZE<br />17.<font color=red>Krasnoroutskaya, Lina (wc) RUS</font><br />18.Testud, Sandrine FRA<br />19.Farina Elia, Silvia ITA<br />20. NONE

* In Germany, all players listed below Monica Seles move up one spot on the Gold Exempt list.

wc = wild card nomination

2002 Silver Exempt List<br /> Based on September 10, 2001 rankings

1. Schett, Barbara AUT 16. Sugiyama, Ai JPN<br />2. Nagyova, Henrieta SVK 17. Chladkova, Denisa CZE<br />3. Martinez, Conchita ESP 18. Schnyder, Patty SUI<br /><font color=red>4. Likhovtseva, Elena RUS </font> 19. Majoli, Iva CRO<br /><font color=red>5. Tulyaganova, Iroda UZB</font> 20. Weingartner, Marlene GER<br />6. Suarez, Paola ARG 21. Schiavone, Francesca ITA<br />7. Montolio, Angeles ESP <font color=red>22. Panova, Tatiana RUS</font><br />8. Rubin, Chanda USA 23. Grande, Rita ITA<br />9. Tanasugarn, Tamarine THA 24. Tu, Meilen USA<br />10. Frazier, Amy USA 25. Diaz-Oliva, Marina ARG<br />11. Raymond, Lisa USA 26. Rittner, Barbara GER<br />12. Serna, Magui ESP 27. Leon Garcia, Gala ESP<br />13. Torrens Valero, Cristina ESP <font color=red>28. Bovina, Elena RUS</font><br />14. Kremer, Anne LUX 29. Black, Cara ZIM<br /><font color=red>15. Petrova, Nadia RUS</font> 30. Ruano Pascual, Virginia ESP

[ November 28, 2001: Message edited by: TheBoiledEgg ]</p>
 

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Thanks for the list. I see Anna is in the top 10, at least she's not in the top 5!
 

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I def. think that Anna should be in the top 5...

I mean...it would take years to count the drooling men at her matches. When shes at a tourament, it is packed, regarless of if it was even in Mongolia or Sri Lanka or some small little island.

The Belgian Babes can't do that, unless its in Belgium. Venus can, Martina prob. could, as well as Serena. Jennifer is getting there. Lindsay can only do that in America IMHO.

I think Anna should be higher.
 

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Higher up you are in the list the more money you are entitled to in next years BONUS POOL MONEY

If anyone would like the Gold Exempt Ruling be free to email me.
 

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Exactly why Anna should be higher. Shes the one drawing in a whole lot of these crowds and getting the sponsorships! Sponsors know that if Anna's gonna be on TV, then the audience will be HUGE and the product will have a huge area to advertise!<br />Same with TV! TV channels know more people will tune into see Anna then just about anyone else.

Don't start saying that Anna hasn't won a tourament and blah blah blah...I personally don't like Anna! She's snotty and rude! But when it comes to excess tour money being distributed among the players with the most spendworthiness, Anna's the icing on the cake.

<font color="orange">SEX SELLS...ANNA SURE HAS THAT DEPARTMENT COVERED</font>

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Glad to see Monica at 6 even though i think shes worth more than Davenport,Hingis and Capriati for the tour but hey!
 

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Omg!!!!!<br />Lina Gold Exempt?<br />Geeee!

Barbara Schett is much more famous and has achieved much more than Lina <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
 

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So Mary Pierce did not get a wildcard, so will that have an effect on what tournaments she can play??

Because I thought that it would not matter, as I read something not long ago, (TBE posted) that since she is a GrandSlam champ, she can enter any tournament she likes?? is that correct??

TBE do you have the list for bonus prize money aswell??<br />Thanks
 

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you can say anything about Anna, but to say that she's rude????

never heard a bad word from her...

otherwise I agree with you: Anna=Crowd=Profits<br />and every tournament director knows this formula
 

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Yeah! Venus is number 1 on the list! Does that mean she gets the highest bonus money?
 

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I think that the Anna wildcard at #8 is fair enough, even without considering her personal appeal. She was a consistent top ten player before her injury, and there's no reason to suppose that she can't get back to that next year. A gold-exempt will really help her get her career back on track.

The one I'm really suprised by is the Daja Bedanova wildcard. Although I can see the reasoning - it'll help her career et cetera - I do feel that it should have gone to Babsi Schett/Chanda Rubin/Ai Sugiyama. Schett has been doing well recently, another consistent performer who could perhaps have used the help that a gold-exempt provides. But Chanda Rubin is the one who could have really used this. She's another former top-ten player coming back from a spate of injuries.
 
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overall i am very pleased with the list. glad to see bovina make it among others <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Bonus Pool Money

#1-3 get the same and same restrictions apply to them in regarding entering certain tourns.

#4 gets less<br /> #5-6 same<br /> #7-10 same<br /> #11-13 same<br /> #14-20 same

on a decreasing scale<br /> Here is the FULL RULING .... Enjoy its pretty complex .<br /> I have it .doc format as well

<font size=4 color=gold> III GOLD/SILVER EXEMPT PLAYERS </font><br />

<font color=gold> Gold and Silver Exempt Players are required to commit to a specific number and level of Tour events during the calendar year and are used to fulfil Tour contractual player commitment at Tier I , II and III Tournaments and best efforts for strong player fields at Tier IV and V Tournaments.

NOTES: When a Gold Exempt Player retires or when a Gold Exempt Player will be unable to play tennis for six (6) consecutive weeks, the Worldwide Tournament Directors will work with the Sanex WTA Tour to name a replacement immediately. For an absence of less than six (6) consecutive weeks, there will be no such replacement. </font>

<font size=3 color=lime>Player Commitment </font><br /> <br /> <font color=lime> It is understood that at any time during the Tour Year, upon written agreement between the Tournaments and the Sanex WTA Tour the Gold Exempt Player List may be altered. </font>

<br /><font size=3 color=red>2. Composition of Gold Exempt List</font> <font color=red><br />The 2002 Gold Exempt Player List consists of 20 players composed as follows:

a. The Top 16 ranked players as of the computer ranks produced immediately following the 2001 US Open.<br />b. Plus 4 wild card Players to be chosen solely by the Worldwide Tournament Directors.

NOTE: A Player must be ranked in the Top 50 singles of the singles rankings immediately following the previous years US Open in order to be considered for Gold Exempt status the following year.

The Worldwide Tournament Directors list the 20 players in preferred order and must submit the final Gold Exempt List to the Sanex WTA Tour Operations office no later than one (1) week after the conclusion of the 2001 US Open.

NOTE: Although qualified by Ranking, a player may not be named a Gold Exempt Player until the year of her seventeenth (17th ) birthday. </font>

<font size=3 color=yellow>3. Gold Exempt Minimum Commitment Signing Deadline</font> <font color=yellow><br />a. Any player ranked in the Top 20 singles as of the computer ranking produced on the first Monday in August 2001, must submit an entry form by the final day of the 2001 US Open committing to the Tour as a Gold Exempt Player for 2001. Her commitment must reflect her obligation to play a specific number of Tournaments as outlined in Section III.A.5 hereof.

<br />b. Any Player named Gold Exempt after the 2001 US Open who was not ranked in the Top 20 singles as of the first Ranking in August, will be contacted by the Tour and informed that she must commit to the Tour by submitting an Entry Form reflecting her obligation to the Tour within ten (10) days of notification. Any player who made a commitment to the Tour at the 2001 US Open but who did not qualify for Gold Exempt status after the US Open will be notified immediately as such and asked to change her commitment accordingly (see Silver Exempt, section III.B.)</font>

<font size=3 color=lime>4. Gold Exempt Players failing to Meet the Signing Deadline</font> <font color=lime><br />If a player who qualifies for Gold Exempt status does not commit to the proper number and Tier Levels of Tournaments by the end of the 2001 US Open or within 10 days of notification, she will be automatically be subject to the following penalties:

a. Forfeits all rights to any Bonus Pool Money<br />b. Must enter all Tour events by her official entry deadline (6-9 week prior)<br />c. May not receive a Wild Card into any Tour event<br />d. Subject to withdrawal fines based on her nominated position on the Gold Exempt List. If she enters a tournament and withdraws after the entry deadline her fine will be as follows with no medical excuses allowed (the fine is reduced by 50% if the Tournament has received player commitment): </font>

<font color=gold><br />Listing Tier I Tier II Tier III<br />Gold Exempt 1-3 $50,000 $30,000 $10,000<br />Gold Exempt 4 $30,000 $20,000 $10,000<br />Gold Exempt 5-6 $20,000 $15,000 $10,000<br />Gold Exempt 7-10 $10,000 $10,000 $10,000<br />Gold Exempt 11-13 $5,000 $5,000 $5,000<br />Gold Exempt 14-20 - - $5,000 </font><br /><font size=3 color=lime><br />e. In the event a player who is eligible to be named to Exempt status in the year of her seventeenth (17th) birthday declines to be named Gold Exempt, her withdrawal fines will be ½ of the fines outlined in letter d. according to whether or not the Tour has received Player Commitment. A Player will be subject to full penalties if she declines Gold Exempt status in the year of her Eighteenth (18th) birthday. </font>

<br /><font size=3 color=red>5. Gold Exempt Minimum Commitment Signing Requirements </font> <font color=red><br />Gold Exempt Players must play 13 Specific Tour Tournaments, exclusive of the Grand Slams and the Championships, in order to fulfill Minimum Commitment Requirements rules as outlined below. Exceptions will be made by the Tour if necessary to fulfill Contractual Player Commitments to Tournaments

Gold Exempt Player List 1-6 7 Tier I and 6 Tier II<br />Gold Exempt Player List 7-10 6 Tier I, 6 Tier II and 1 Tier III<br />Gold Exempt Player List 11-13 5 Tier I, 5 Tier II and 3 Tier III<br />Gold Exempt Player List 14-20 3 Tier III and 10 other Tier I, II, III </font>

<font size=3 color=skyblue>a. Years Of Service</font> <font color=skyblue><br />Any Player who has obtained a year end singles ranking of #250 or better for a minimum of 12 years on the Tour is eligible for a one(1) Tournament Reduction in her Minimum Commitment Requirement as follows:

Gold Exempt Players.......1-6 1 less Tier I<br />Gold Exempt Players.......7-10 1 less Tier II<br />Gold Exempt Player List.......... 1 less Tier I or II </font>

<br /><font size=3 color=lime>b. First Time Champions</font> <font color=lime><br /> First Time Champions are required to defend their titles at Tournaments won the year prior. This provision applies to all players, not only Gold Exempt Players. If a player is a First Time Champion at more than one event, she is only required to defend a maximum of two titles. Gold Exempt Players are not required to defend their Tier IV and V titles as part of their Minimum Commitment to the Tour. </font>

<font size=3 color=yellow>c. Two New Tournaments</font> <font color=yellow><br />Gold Exempt Players must commit to two (2) Tournaments in which they have not participated during the previous two (2) years. </font>

<br /><font size=3 color=skyblue>d. Hard Designations</font> <font color=skyblue><br />Gold Exempt Players are subject to two (2) Hard Designations during each Tour year by the Sanex WTA Tour Sr. Vice President of Tour Operations & Player Operations and Player Relations. Hard Designations will only be made to satisfy Sanex WTA Tour obligations to fulfill contractual Player Commitment to Tournaments. The Tour may reserve the right to use the Hard Designations for later in the year if it is not critically needed at the beginning of the year and chooses to hold those designations in reserve for injuries and emergencies.

A Gold Exempt Player forfeits all rights to any Bonus Pool money if she refuses to accept a Hard Designation.</font>

<br /><font size=3 color=red>e. Tier III/IV/V Playdown Rules </font> <font color=red><br />1) In a week where there is no Tier I or II Tournament scheduled opposite a Tier III, IV or V Tournament:<br />a. Gold Exempt Players listed 1-6 may play down provided that the player appeals in writing at least 14 days in advance of the Tournament and receives approval from the Sanex WTA Tour Senior Vice President of Tour Operations & Player Operations and Player Relations. If a Gold Exempt Player listed 1-6 plays down in a Tier III Tournament, it may count as one of her Tournaments on her minimum commitment schedule if approved by the Senior Vice President of Tour Operations & Player Operations and Player Relations.

2) In a week when there is no Tier I or II Tournament scheduled and a Tier III, IV or V event is scheduled the same week:<br /> a. Gold Exempt Players may not play down in the Tier IV or V event unless <br /> Player Commitment has been met at the Tier III event by the end of the preceding year’s Championships

Note: For e1) and e2), such requests may be granted by the Tour but no more than two (2) times per player per Tour Year. A Tier IV or V Tournament does not count towards a player’s minimum commitment requirement. It will be an additional tournament to her schedule.

3) In a week when there is a Tier I or II Tournament scheduled opposite a Tier III, IV or V:<br />a. The first four players on the Gold Exempt List may not play down.

b. Gold Exempt Players listed 4-8 may play down in a Tier III, IV or V Tournament provided that Contractual Player Commitment has been made to the Tier I or II Tournament by the final day of the 2001 Championships and at the time the player listed 5-8 enters the Tier III, IV or V Tournament.

<br />c. Gold Exempt Players listed 9-20 may play down. However, Players must appeal to the Sanex WTA Tour in order to play down more than two (2) times per Tour Year.<br /> <br />4) Notwithstanding the above Playdown for restrictions for singles, Gold Exempt Players may play doubles at Tier III, IV or Tier V events provided that the Tier I, II, or III Tournament opposite it (if any) has its Contractual Player Commitment.

Note: The provisions of the Tier III/IV/V Playdown Rule applys on the Gold Exempt List regardless of whether such players make the commitment specified in Section III, A.4. </font>

<br /><font size=3 color=yellow>6. Gold Exempt Player Privileges </font> <font color=yellow><br />a. Tournament Acceptance <br />Gold Exempt Players 1-13 will be accepted into Main Draw of any Tournament entered by the entry deadline if her singles ranking is 35 or better.

Gold Exempt Players 14-20 will be accepted into the Main Draw of any Tier III Tournament by the entry deadline, but accepted into all other Tournaments by ranking. </font>

<font size=3 color=lime>b. Late Entries</font> <font color=lime><br />All Gold Exempt Players may enter Tournaments late after the Official entry deadline up until the Qualifying sign-in deadline or in no Qualifying, by 4:00pm the Friday prior to the start of the tournament. If a Gold Exempt Player withdraws from a Tournament, a Gold Exempt Player waiting to get into the Tournament will move in first above all other players waiting if her ranking is 35 or better on the ranking used for player movement. If a Non-Gold Exempt Player withdraws from a Tournament, the highest ranked singles player waiting to get in will move in first.

If more than one Gold Exempt Player is waiting to get into a Tournament, and a Gold Exempt Player withdraws, the Gold Exempt Player Listed 1-13 higher on the Gold Exempt List will move in first above Gold Exempt Players 14-20. If more than one Gold Exempt Player 14-20 is waiting to get in, the highest ranked Gold Exempt Player 14-20 on the ranking used for player movement will move in first.

Top 13 Gold Exempt Players may enter a Tournament late after qualifying has started, but before the main draw has been made. If there is such a withdrawal, the Gold Exempt Player will move in first, ahead of a lucky loser, if such player is the highest alternate for the main draw. If the Top 13 Gold Exempt Player is not the highest ranked alternate, she will not move in, and the spot will go to a lucky loser.

Gold Exempt Players may also be accepted into a Tournament up until the star of play of the Main Draw if such entries are necessary towards satisfying Tier I, II or III Contractual Player Commitment according to any contract agreement with the Sanex WTA Tour. Once Player Commitment is met and Qualifying has commenced, all openings in the Main Draw will be filled by Lucky Losers. Except <br /> As mentioned above in relation to Top 13 Gold Exempt Player Late Entries. </font>

<font size=3 color=red>c. Commitment Contracts</font> <font color=red><br />Gold Exempt Players will receive a commitment contract in accordance with the Bonus Pool Rules for their commitment to the Tour. </font>

<font size=3 color=skyblue>d. No Withdrawal Fines </font> <font color=skyblue><br /> Gold Exempt Players will not be subject to withdrawal fines from withdrawing to <br /> Tour event. Instead they will receive deductions in their Bonus Pool Money as oulinted in Bonus Pool Rules. </font>

<font size=3 color=lime>e. Wild Cards</font><br /> <font color=lime> Gold Exempt Players may receive unlimited wild cards in both singles and <br /> doubles during the Tour Year.</font>

<br /><font size=3 color=yellow>7. Gold Exempt Player Penalties</font> <font color=yellow><br /> Gold Exempt Players will receive deductions from their Bonus Pool earnings for <br /> missed commitment tournaments as outlined in the Bonus Pool Rules
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[ November 29, 2001: Message edited by: TheBoiledEgg ]</p>
 

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It is not the WTA that gives out WC for Gold Exempt Status , its the Tournament Directors.

The Other 16 were the top 16 after the US Open.
 

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Why is Farina on the list if she has retired? Or did she decide not to and I didnt read it somewhere...?

If she does retire, will Babsi move up to 20?
 

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Farina is listed #20 with Seles in<br /> and #19 without Seles ( Seles isn't included for tourns in Germany)
 
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