The controversy surrounding the WTA's Roadmap continues. However, the Tour and the top lady ballers will be sitting down during the WTA Championships in Doha to work towards common ground on next season's schedule.
But according to Kamakshi Tandon over at ESPN the ladies better voice their concerns now or risk a penalty for doing it later:
There will be more meetings between tour officials and players at the Sony Ericsson Championships in Doha, Qatar, next week to hammer out the final details. Perhaps the players should take the opportunity to make their objections known, because another new rule will take effect next year -- one that "expressly prohibits" them from making "public comments that a player knows or should reasonably know will harm the reputation or financial best interests of a tournament player, sponsor, official or the WTA."The ATP already has a similar rule with a $100K fine which is rarely enforced.
Whatever - I don't think this rule will stop Jelena Jankovic, Serena Williams, or Maria Sharapova from voicing any objections about the WTA Tour and it shouldn't; it's important to keep the process open to discussion and change.
But, I do hope it makes the lady ballers think twice before going public without correct information, a firm point of view, and a strongly written statement.
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