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The Monday Slice: All the wrong moves
By Martin Rogers

FIRST SERVE

It's bad enough for a professional sports tour to implement a toothless, useless and self-defeating piece of legislation. To make sure that its idiocy generates a flurry of media attention and overshadows one of the biggest tournaments of the year, however, takes a special brand of ineptitude.

The WTA Tour tried to get tough at the start of this season by attempting to force leading players to compete in "premier" events or risk penalties of ranking points or suspension.

But as soon as Venus and Serena Williams stood up for themselves on a point of principle, the Tour cowered into submission and rendered its own "Roadmap" program utterly ineffective.

The Williams sisters have boycotted the Indian Wells tournament, now known as the BNP Paribas Open, for the past seven years.

It all dates back to 2001 when Venus defaulted to her sister moments before they were due to take part in a nationally televised semifinal in front of a capacity crowd.

That prompted boos and outrage – and when Serena emerged for the final the next day the family claimed it was subjected to racist abuse, with father Richard Williams insisting it was the worst case of prejudice seen since "they killed Martin Luther King."

While the actions of some fans all those years ago can never be condoned, it is time for Venus and Serena to either forgive and forget, or be prepared to face the consequences of a continued boycott.

Under "Roadmap" rules, any top player skipping Indian Wells should receive zero ranking points and be ineligible for the following two tournament weeks. If WTA Tour chairman Larry Scott was serious about making his policy work, he had the ideal opportunity to lay down the law.

Instead, he has allowed the Williamses to exploit a loophole that permits them to avoid suspension by performing promotional duties for the tournament.

Now that the precedent has been set, it will be used liberally in the future. So much for defiance; Scott and his cronies just allowed an escape clause to be blasted open that renders its initiative worthless.

DROP SHOT

The decision to play the Sweden-Israel Davis Cup tie behind closed doors due to security fears robbed fans of the chance to witness one of the most exciting matches in tournament history. All four singles went to five sets, with Harel Levy outlasting Andreas Vinciguerra in a nail-biting final contest to clinch a 3-2 victory for the Israelis.

USE YOUR FREQUENT FLYER MILES

Don't let the annual Williams boycott to put you off - it's time to head for the desert for the first Masters Series event of the year at Indian Wells. Novak Djokovic has a stack of points to defend and needs to perform well if he is to achieve his short-term goal of catching Roger Federer at the No. 2 ranking. An early exit would give No. 4 Andy Murray the chance to start snapping at his heels.

CLEAN WINNER


Andy Roddick's failure to add to his one career Grand Slam title has frustrated many U.S. tennis fans. However, Roddick's continued commitment to the Davis Cup cause is admirable and impressive. His two victories over Switzerland in Alabama took him to 31 match wins in the event – second place on the all-time list behind John McEnroe, whose record of 41 will be in Roddick's sights over the next few years.

LAST WEEK'S WINNERS

Davis Cup: Argentina 5 Holland 0; Czech Republic 3 France 2; Croatia 5 Chile 0; United States 4 Switzerland 1; Germany 3 Austria 2; Sweden 2 Israel 3; Spain 4 Serbia 1; Romania 1 Russia 4.

Monterrey Open, Monterrey: Marion Bartoli

THIS WEEK'S PREDICTIONS

After breaking with tradition and performing rather well over the last couple of weeks, The Monday Slice is a bit disappointed there will be no tournament concluded this week. Three tournament winners out of four two weeks ago and seven correct results (with six correct scores) out of eight in the Davis Cup has given this column an inflated sense of self-worth. No doubt it will be back down to earth with a bump before too long. Meanwhile, we look ahead to Indian Wells, which starts midweek but doesn't end until March 22.

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells: Rafael Nadal

BNP Paribas Open, Indian Wells: Elena Dementieva
 

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After the Sisters retire, the rules will be amended and made more strict. This is a nice segway for the tour. Besides, suspending the Sisters from Miami would be the worst move in WTA history -- worse than this roadmap. The Sisters would gladly skip IW every year and miss Miami.
 

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This promotional loophole is the worst thing you could think of. The writer is right, if you make changes to the system, implement a 0 on ranking and a ban from the next big event they should stick to it. There is no injuryclaim from the williamsisters, just strictly saying they won't play.

What's even worse is the case for maria sharapova. She's playing doubles, but not singles. 0_o Will they ban her from Miami? Of course not. Creating an even WORSE loophole. I'm curious how they are gonna save themselves out of that.

If they want to make rules they should stick to them, not like this.
 
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^^blah, blah, blah
 

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Another idiotic article.

"Instead, he has allowed the Williamses to exploit a loophole" :rolleyes:
Well, it is a loophole isn't it? There's no other reason why they've put this in the rules. It's because of this case, and maria sharapova is about to use it to full force with her no singles-only doubles approach.

Don't get me wrong, i don't blaim the players. It's just a very non-valid way of inducting rules from the WTA. If they weren't going to stick to it anyways they shouldn't have implemented it.
 

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Well, it is a loophole isn't it? There's no other reason why they've put this in the rules. It's because of this case, and maria sharapova is about to use it to full force with her no singles-only doubles approach.

Don't get me wrong, i don't blaim the players. It's just a very non-valid way of inducting rules from the WTA.
He hasn't "allowed the Williamses to exploit a loophole," he made a compromise with them so that everyone wins (the tour doesn't lose their star power in Miami and they still aren't forced to play IW). Obviously if Maria were 100%, she would be playing singles in IW. Everyone is talking like the world is going to fall down because of this "loophole." It isn't. IW has its fullest field ever and no one is exploiting anything.
 

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This promotional loophole is the worst thing you could think of. The writer is right, if you make changes to the system, implement a 0 on ranking and a ban from the next big event they should stick to it. There is no injuryclaim from the williamsisters, just strictly saying they won't play.

What's even worse is the case for maria sharapova. She's playing doubles, but not singles. 0_o Will they ban her from Miami? Of course not. Creating an even WORSE loophole. I'm curious how they are gonna save themselves out of that.

If they want to make rules they should stick to them, not like this.
A good, well reasoned post. Thank you.

If you hold a different view, at least make a cogent argument for it.
 

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After the Sisters retire, the rules will be amended and made more strict. This is a nice segway for the tour. Besides, suspending the Sisters from Miami would be the worst move in WTA history -- worse than this roadmap. The Sisters would gladly skip IW every year and miss Miami.
How so? As long as Miami is a combined event, I don't see how attendance would be hurt if the Williams sisters weren't there.
 

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He hasn't "allowed the Williamses to exploit a loophole," he made a compromise with them so that everyone wins (the tour doesn't lose their star power in Miami and they still aren't forced to play IW). Obviously if Maria were 100%, she would be playing singles in IW. Everyone is talking like the world is going to fall down because of this "loophole." It isn't. IW has its fullest field ever and no one is exploiting anything.
Of course i understand what you're saying and the williamsisters playing miami obviously is a good thing for the tournament.
BUT the point i'm making is: why treat 'star power players' different in cases like this. Isn't the tour supposed to be equal? Or does this promotional rule only apply to gold/silver exempt players now?

I'm just wondering how they will treat lower ranked players once something like this happens. When we see one of those cases it's gonna be interesting to see how they will apply their rules.
 

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DF, I agree. The Williams have been taking all the fact, but the fact is TOB has been just as quick to take advantage of the toothless roadmap.

It's been a joke from the get-go. These three may be the first, but they won't be the last. The roadmap is a silly, half-assed solution that does nothing to address the real problem of an overcrowded schedule.

Sadly, the continuing economic slump may end up solving the problem for us.
 

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How so? As long as Miami is a combined event, I don't see how attendance would be hurt if the Williams sisters weren't there.

I would think that act of suspending the WS itself is a PR nightmare for the WTA.
 

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Of course i understand what you're saying and the williamsisters playing miami obviously is a good thing for the tournament.
BUT the point i'm making is: why treat 'star power players' different in cases like this. Isn't the tour supposed to be equal? Or does this promotional rule only apply to gold/silver exempt players now?

I'm just wondering how they will treat lower ranked players once something like this happens. When we see one of those cases it's gonna be interesting to see how they will apply their rules.
Lower ranked players do not have that luxury esp if they need the dollars and ranking points why would they boycott a big tourny? This is never going to be an issue!
 

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DF, I agree. The Williams have been taking all the fact, but the fact is TOB has been just as quick to take advantage of the toothless roadmap.

It's been a joke from the get-go. These three may be the first, but they won't be the last. The roadmap is a silly, half-assed solution that does nothing to address the real problem of an overcrowded schedule.
I have to disagree with you there, Max. Each player's schedule is only as long or as short as she makes it, and the calendar comes out far enough in advance for each player to map out a schedule the she deems appropriate for her. No one is being forced to play.
 

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I love how the media is so upset about this Roadmap bull not being able to force Venus and Serena to play IW. :haha:
 

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I would think that act of suspending the WS itself is a PR nightmare for the WTA.
Ya think? It definitely won't make the tour look good for suspending two black players for refusing to play an event they deem racist.

Of course i understand what you're saying and the williamsisters playing miami obviously is a good thing for the tournament.
BUT the point i'm making is: why treat 'star power players' different in cases like this. Isn't the tour supposed to be equal? Or does this promotional rule only apply to gold/silver exempt players now?
I thought the promotion rule applied to anyone who doesn't play a "mandatory" tournament?
 

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Of course i understand what you're saying and the williamsisters playing miami obviously is a good thing for the tournament.
BUT the point i'm making is: why treat 'star power players' different in cases like this. Isn't the tour supposed to be equal? Or does this promotional rule only apply to gold/silver exempt players now?

I'm just wondering how they will treat lower ranked players once something like this happens. When we see one of those cases it's gonna be interesting to see how they will apply their rules.
I think in this case it is a matter where the top players do get special treatment. They get rules made for them because they make money for the tour.

As for how they would treat lower ranked players when something like this happens, what did you have in mind? These really are special circumstances. But to give an example, if there were a Shahar-related issue then I'm sure she would get the same accommodations that V&S are getting.
 
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