Published at Sunday, April 08th, 2018 - 12:09:33 PM. Tennis. By Juliya Tatyana.
Towel: A towel is always good to have in your bag. It helps with sweat management but there's endless other uses for it as well. What if you need to stretch out after your match on a hot court or a grassy lawn? What if you slip and fall on the clay and need to wipe yourself off? I don't think I need to explain any furtherÉcarry a towel with you in your tennis bag!
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.
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