This is from Henin's website. How does things work on the ATP?
This is a traduction from WTAworld.com. I just wanted to share 'coz this has been a serious issue between tours and players lately
Squeezed as lemons
The last years the elite players of the WTA are having more and more injuries. The williams sisters, J. Capriati, L. Davenport, A. Mauresmo en most recent Kim and Justine. For Carlos Rodriguez it isn't a coincidence ...
Carlos Rodriguez doesn't hide his dissatifaction about the WTA. Already a few days before RG he didn't hesistate to say what a lot off people thought already for a long time ...
"Well it's sad to says these things but imo the WTA is shriking their responsability more and more for what is happening in women's tennis today. And it's not only the WTA, several agency who are partners with the WTA are also reponsable.
They find subtil ways to let players do more and more, be more around for several things. Welll players need rest, one hour rest is as important as one hour tennis or physical training."
They are squeezing them, jut like lemon's...
"They are squeezing the players like lemon's and that's the reason topplayers are out for a long time. Kim, the number 2 in the world, 8 months out, Justine maybe out for several months. These 2 girls did a lot for women's tennis and look how they got rewarded ... both in a period of recovery!"
Justine's coach doesn't hesistate to bring out the lack of respect from the WTA to her players.
"Let me say something very important: some time ago Justine got a call from the WTA. Not to ask how she was, how she felt, no, the only thing they said was that if she didn't play that one tournament, she had to participate to another. In my opinion that's a lack of respect for everything Justine did to the sport and it shows perfectly how they care about the players. They use them, throw them away and when they are back on court, they will squeeze them again."
Another example from Carlos again shows the lack of respect.
Justine had to fill in a questionary in Paris (RG). One of the questions asked her opinion about the injuries in the circuit but the answer was already filled in, they replied in her place. It's hypocritcal, again a lack of respect and profesionalism from the organisation. The problem is ... nobody says something about it.
This problem isn't new...
"What's happening today isn't something that started a month are two ago, it has been there alreday for years and it's got bigger and bigger. If we take the 10 players fro the top 10 we'll see that 8 of them had already an injury, and had been out for 1.5 month at least, in the first 6 months of this year!"
The medical assistence for the players is working very well ...
"As much as I give critism to the organisation, as much good words for the medical assistance because that's very well arranged. But there is a huge difference between the things the doctors, kinests and dieticians from the WTA are saying and what happens on the courts. The WTA doesn't matter what the doctors are saying. An example: Justine has Filderstadt on her scedule followed by 1 week of rest and Zurich and the WTA called her to say she has to play Moskou instead of resting!"
Topplayers has to be everywhere all the time. Playing a lot of tournaments and lots of obligations are pushing them to the limit. For some of them there's a injury, for others the body resisted such as Justine. She was fysically perfectly prepared but still has to wait to be healthy again ...The solution: playing less tournaments and less obligations off court!
"When you're a top 8-player you must play at least 18 tournaments, and that's already a lot, without counting the Fed Cup, Olympics, ... I don't get it? Where does those people wonna end?" Carlos explains.
"When you play 6 or 7 days in a tournament, there are 4 days when they are obligated to do things, and I'm not talking about the interviews. The players aren't made to do those things."
If a player doesn't show up at a tournament she has to pay a fine...
"If Justine doesn't go to Moskou, she'll have to pay 50 000$! It's a shame. If she isn't going, it is because of her health but they don't get it. When a player withdraws from a tournament, she must have a medical certificate or a very good excuse but certificate or not they have to pay that fine. And there isn't a way to object or refuse because they take the amount of the fine away from the next prizemoney won in other tournaments. I made a little calculation: 500 000-750 000$ is earned by the WTA each year by getting those fines ... but you don't know where the money goes too."
Carlos doubts WTA will change some things but one thing is for sure, if Justine comes back, things will change for her!
"It's necessary to talk about it, I don't know why others don't do it, maybe they are afraid, but I don't care. The things I go through with Justine today is very hard for her. If Justine gets back, and she will, things are going to change! They aren't gonna push her to go there where they want her to go. She won't do anything she doesn't want to, she will do things for herself, things she likes. Players aren't made to do all those things off court. If she wants to play several years, she'll have to change her methodes. From the next tournament she plays, we will play following our rules, no negotiations. I said to Justine: you wonna pay for 6 years? Well if you wonna play only 12 tournaments a year than that's the thing we'll do and we will pay those fines but the whole world will know why you'll have to pay them."