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why not. we have threads about everything...and i thinks it's not fair to withdraw als the time...the spectators buy tickets, etc


it can't be always a serious injury
 

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I think the WTA should publish a league table of player withdrawals to name and shame. If you pick up an injury at the previous tournament and provide the WTA with status and an estimate of how long you'll be out and updates on your progress then that needn't count. But to not say anything but just keep withdrawing is unprofessional.
 

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Without a doubt the WS have pulled out of more tournaments than any other player in the history of the game. 50% may have been injuries and 50% probably personal reasons.
 

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mr_burns said:
Sorry, but it can only be a williams...

I'd really like to know this
So go to the wtatour website, look up each player's history and count the withdrawals.

BEar in mind, while you're at it, that since players make their schedules at the beginning of the year, most of the players who've lost major parts of various years have withdrawn from a lot of tournaments. Also there's the matter of age. Davenport and Pierce have withdrawn from an awful lot of tournaments, but both of them have played way more tournaments than most of the top players.

Just a note. A couple years ago, somebody had the same idea about retirements. Turned out neither Venus nor Serena was anywhere near the top. Remember, it's not news when most players withdraw from tournaments. But the wta website has the info you're looking for.
terjw said:
I think the WTA should publish a league table of player withdrawals to name and shame. If you pick up an injury at the previous tournament and provide the WTA with status and an estimate of how long you'll be out and updates on your progress then that needn't count.
And exactly where does the WTA keep us updated on that?
terjw said:
But to not say anything but just keep withdrawing is unprofessional.
How do you know nothing is being said? Or to whom. The earlier a player withdraws, the fewer tickets a tournament can sell using their name. Announcing withdrawals late isn't fair to fans, but it's totally professional. As in, all that counts is making money.

If the tournament directors wanted the players to have to announce injuries and possible withdrawals earlier, they could get that from the WTA. But all it would do is cost the tournaments money, which is why they don't push for it.

A possible solution?

If you're Gold or Silver exempt, and you withdraw fewer than __ days before a tournament, then you have to show up, and do all the corporate stuff anyway. In return, the player gets some percentage of their appearance money. Medical exemptions for anything requiring hospitalization.
 

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sunset said:
Without a doubt the WS have pulled out of more tournaments than any other player in the history of the game. 50% may have been injuries and 50% probably personal reasons.
How much money would you bet on that? :hehehe:
 

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mid match withdrawals probably goes to alexandra stevenson (at least in percentage of matches).

As far as before the tournament starts....who cares? If you're a fan of tennis, you shouldn't be buying a ticket to see one particular player.

You made clear by your original post that you are no fan of the williams sisters, so why should it bother you whether they withdraw or not. You don't seem to be the person who is buying a ticket just to see Venus or Serena.
 
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