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What's the go with this and what about next year when the points drop off, the players wont be able to defend them, thats a bit silly ? :confused:
 

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I think it's nice that they've given an incentive for players to play the Olympics. I LOVE the Olympics...my favourite sporting event.
 

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It will be nice, until their rankings then drop the year after cos they dont have the opportunity to defend their points, and besides is rankings/money etc.... what the olympics are really supposed to be about
 

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They can play an event the same week next year...
 

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woww so many points, :D good reason to play in Athens
 

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yeah its good
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alwayshingis said:
I think it's nice that they've given an incentive for players to play the Olympics. I LOVE the Olympics...my favourite sporting event.
They need an incentive to play the Olympics? :confused:

Ok if anyone doesn't feel sufficiently motivated I'll take their place at Athens...............................
 

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It will be nice, until their rankings then drop the year after cos they dont have the opportunity to defend their points, and besides is rankings/money etc.... what the olympics are really supposed to be about
Money!?! What money? There are no price money at Olympics?
 

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I think it's ridiculous to offer ranking points when the entry criteria isn't just ranking -- i.e. there are top 20 players that won't be able to play and then players outside of the top 100 that will be able to -- obviously the olympics will carry more points than whatever run of the mill tournament is being held that week, which I think is really unfair from a ranking perspective for those from countries w/ lots of highly ranked players.
 

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I don't think the points are many, tier1 gives more
 

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Danke Anke said:
I think it's ridiculous to offer ranking points when the entry criteria isn't just ranking -- i.e. there are top 20 players that won't be able to play and then players outside of the top 100 that will be able to -- obviously the olympics will carry more points than whatever run of the mill tournament is being held that week, which I think is really unfair from a ranking perspective for those from countries w/ lots of highly ranked players.
I wish the entry problem could be solved, but it is nice to have a lot of countries represented. I think that because the players are in a tournament against many other top players, they deserve points for their results. For example, if some player breaks through who is outside the top 100 and wins a few matches, it would be crazy if their ranking didn't represent their result.
 

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Im sure they dont play for free!!!
No, it's been well-documented that countries pay their players to play Fed Cup and the Olympics, some more than others. (i.e. the USA would be able to pay more than, say, Croatia)...
 

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Danke Anke said:
I think it's ridiculous to offer ranking points when the entry criteria isn't just ranking -- i.e. there are top 20 players that won't be able to play and then players outside of the top 100 that will be able to -- obviously the olympics will carry more points than whatever run of the mill tournament is being held that week, which I think is really unfair from a ranking perspective for those from countries w/ lots of highly ranked players.
Sad but true.
totally unfair to players of similar rank from countries with lots of great players Vs those with very few great players.

I think an olympic medal and the chance to represent your country should be all the incentive you need. ThHe olympics are a publicity fest as well so $$ on the endorsements.

Tennis players earn an obscene amount of money as it is. This is the one occassion in 4 years when they should be greatful for what they have and not be greedy.
 

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Virginia Ruano Pascual and Paola Suarez will be battling it out for the end-of-year doubles #1 ranking here then, if doubles points are offered as well (not sure they are) cos it will mess up with their plan of playing all year together to be co-No.1 (unless they both lose early!).
 
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