By Aki Mai. Tennis. Published at Tuesday, April 10th, 2018 - 07:34:59 AM.
Both of those solutions boil down to money. Naturally for many in a 128-player draw that first round prize money is a big deal which is why they will show up to play even if they go in knowing they are unfit and may have to pull the plug mid-match. As a concession to that driving factor players will now be allowed to collect fifty percent if they withdraw after noon on site on Thursday but before the main draw begins. Coupled with this players who are knowingly unfit to play and still opt to compete could face a fine up to the total amount of their first-round prize money if they fail to finish the match or “perform below professional standards.” Together these two rules should encourage players to make the smart choice and subsequently improve the overall optics of the sport.
Do sponsors support their charge’s behaving in such a manner? Do they appreciate having their products smashed just to advertise (and how is it more of an advert anyway?)? Do they condone such an example to the rest of the world that could potentially get further into the sport and what of the tennis federations and associations that could stamp this behavior out and do very little? Of course it’s necessary to express oneself in the simmering experience of top-level tennis but violent conduct needs to be curtailed before it gets out of hand. Tennis is evolving rule changes are being brought in the subject of equal pay has been addressed and there is a fierce new generation of talent. But now is the time to make sure tennis doesn’t become just another modern spectacle that surrenders its very essence in order to entertain. It can and always has entertained but it doesn’t need to dumb down or reduce what makes it so unique what makes it such a fascinating and compelling sport both from a mental and physical viewpoint.
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