Published at Sunday, April 08th, 2018 - 12:08:04 PM. Tennis. By Astride Astrid.
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.
We love tennis. As with anything it isn’t perfect and never will be. We simply need to protect its image enjoy the here and now and ensure its future as it inevitably evolves into something slightly different. Society in general seems to be slipping into a less disciplined and respectful place. If tennis were to go the same way it would be a shame.
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