Thursday, February 19, 2009

Quote For The Day

"The tournament should automatically lose the right to exist. I know that carries unbelievable financial and political ramifications, and sometimes you have to be willing to live in a two-faced environment. But if this tournament is going to send out invitations and only ask who they want, if that's the way they want it to be, then they're an exhibition."--Pam Shriver

Read the whole Bonnie D. Ford article at ESPN. The gloves are off.


tangerine said...

Rafa and Verdasco have officially pulled out of Dubai.

Also, Andy Ram was granted a visa to play doubles in the men's Dubai tournament next week.

I guess UAE fixed their security problems. :/

Helen W said...

tangerine, did Rafa and/or Fernando mention why they have pulled out of Dubai?

Gotta say, I'm glad to hear that Rafa is not playing there -- he needs to be very careful with his schedule IMHO.

Craig Hickman said...

tangy, I have a post that says he hasn't been granted a visa yet.

But it's a source I'm unfamiliar with. What's your source?

charags said...

If this helps...
Rafa's official website says it's due to his knee. Also check this out; Verdasco wants to "rest his injured left foot".

Another face of "diplomacy" perhaps? ;-)

tangerine said...

Roddick has now pulled out of Dubai, but he lists no reason. This could be problematic for him, he could actually be fined and given 0 points if he doesn't come up with a valid reason.

Craig, here's the link for Ram story.

Craig Hickman said...

Roddick's ranking isn't an issue right now. It just isn't. I expected Andy to pull out. I didn't expect him to make no statement, though.

Simply put, the players are being cowards by keeping the traps shut.

MMT said...

“Sports can be an unthreatening force for good, politically and culturally. I believe Scott, whose administrative skills are widely admired, is sincere about this vision. I also believe it is more tempting to try to make that ambassadorial concept work when the country in question is an oasis of money in a world where cash is drying up.”

In other words, cash tempered the WTA's willingness to take a stronger stand against the tournament.

‘"The tennis community has boycotted over less important things," Shriver said, recalling the men's mass walkout from Wimbledon in 1973 prompted by Niki Pilic's exclusion.’

Exactly - there it could have been argued that the boycott was a matter of self-interest for the remaining players, but here it appears the non-boycott was.