Women's tennis fans only, please and this a NON-Serena thread

Ann

Hall of Fame
#1
Just wondering how actual fans of women's tennis stand on some of the issues that have been posted on this board. I know most of the posts on other threads are from people that never watch women's tennis.

Who are your favorite players?
Mine are Sabalenka, Keys (even though I think she has the physical skills but maybe not the emotional strength) and Barty (and yes still Serena)

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
I do whole-heartedly. I know conditioning will be an issue for some in the beginning but I think that's actually a good thing. Some of the players (in top seeds) on the women's tour are not in the best of shape. We'd see better tennis, with better conditioning, IMO. I always find 5 set matches to be much more compelling, they can't be won or lost just because of a slow start.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
I am completely on the fence with this, I just really want to hear the wisdom of others.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
I do, good lord it's not the middle ages.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
From my question, obviously I do. I'd love to see designers create some short sets for the women players that show less T&A for the women that would like to wear them.
 
#2
Favorites are Hsieh, Osaka, Niculescu, Brengle, Tatjana Maria, Peng, and Suarez Navarro.

Do I support 5 set matches? Not really. Tennis has become too physical at this point IMO.

Do I think coaches should be allowed to coach? No.

Do I think on-court changing should be acceptable? Yes.

My ideas on dress code are kind of on the fence. So long as it's not ugly, wear it I guess.
 
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Azure

Hall of Fame
#3
Who are your favorite players?
Haven't got someone I would compromise on my sleep for. For that to happen, I need consistency. I like Kerber's and Kvitova's game in general.

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
Yes for me, but I realise that it would be bad for the viewership. One thing it might put an end to is the equal pay debate.


Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
No. The part of why I like tennis in the first place is because you are alone out there to battle it out.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
It was a one off but yeah, I don't care but seeing that women are objectified already, do we need more of this?

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
Sure. Doesn't affect the tennis anyway.
 

helixx

Hall of Fame
#5
Who are your favorite players?
Sharapova, Osaka, Mugu, Venus, Ostapenko

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
No, I dont.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
No. Players should find their way out of the trouble by themselves

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Yes. Whats wrong about being only in sports bra? Thats how girls in gym go normally.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
I like the dress.
 

Soianka

Hall of Fame
#6
Who are your favorite players?
Favorite current players: Serena, Venus, Naomi, Cibulkova

I also think Taylor Townsend is a great talent. Would be nice to see her get her stuff together and do well on tour.

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
No. Those matches are too long. I don't even support BO5 for men. Perhaps, a 5 set match for a grand slam final but not for the other 6 matches.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
Something should be done to make the rule uniform. I personally don't think coaches should coach but I think it's human nature for a coach to sometimes get overly excited and make gestures. The player shouldn't be punished for this. Perhaps the coach should be warned and if he does it again kicked out. I don't know. It seems like that might introduce too much drama into a match.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Sure. Why not?

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
Yes, they should wear what they want.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#8
Who are your favorite players?
Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?

No. Those matches are too long. I don't even support BO5 for men. Perhaps, a 5 set match for a grand slam final but not for the other 6 matches.
You will get no argument -- I'm just curious is this just because you think the women's matches are too slow or you feel that way for both genders?
 
#9
Who are your favorite players?
Kiki Bertens, Daria Kasatkina, Naomi Osaka, Caroline Garcia. I also like Coco Vandeweghe for inexplicable reasons.

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
No. I don't see the point. It's already physically demanding. I don't think it would be beneficial.

Do I think coaches should be allowed to coach?
No.

Do I think on-court changing should be acceptable?
Absolutely.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
They should wear whatever feels comfortable to them.
 
#10
Some of my favorites are Svitolina, Kasatkina, Halep, Sharapova, Ostapenko.

Wouldn't mind seeing BO5 in the final two or three stages of Grand Slams.

Not in favor of coaching.

Changing shirts should be acceptable.

I don't know. I guess they should have an option for some different designs.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#11
On the dress stuff, do you think that its important to be respectful of local geography like say playing in Dubai or Doha?
To a point, respectful, but I do not believe women should have to be covered head to toe or wear head scarfs. Maybe just no plunging necklines and sleeves for The Nadal.
Women should boycott if the requests are extreme.
 
#12
Who are your favorite players?
Mine are Naomi, Kasatkina, CSN and Barty

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
No

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
Ok for WTA, not ATP. It seems to help many players and adds drama.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Why not ?

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
Don't really care what they wear. Players should have the discretion.
 

Hamnavoe

Professional
#13
Who are your favorite players?
Kasatkina, Osaka, Barty, Ostapenko

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
Yes

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
No

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Yes

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
On the fence
 

Soianka

Hall of Fame
#14
You will get no argument -- I'm just curious is this just because you think the women's matches are too slow or you feel that way for both genders?
I feel the same about both genders. Matches that go 5 sets are, in general, too damned long. It's just too much.

I think the BO5 is best for the established players and it makes it harder for there to be upsets in general, but the matches are too long and it's too much wear and tear on the body.

I'd love to see BO5 in GS finals though for both genders. That would make things more exciting.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#15
Who are your favorite players?
I also like Coco Vandeweghe for inexplicable reasons.
So do I but she's typically eliminated from competition before I get a chance to see her. Her skills are better than her record, what do you think her problem is?
 
#16
Who are your favorite players?


Barty.
Watson.
Radwanska
A few others.
Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?

Absolutely not! There is little variety as it is, plus it really wouldn't help an already tarnished WTA.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?

No. It makes women look as if they are unable to think for themselves. Plus the majority of coaches are men. Baby, you've come a long way. Not.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Yes. Silly given beachwear is the norm.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?

Yes. Better than matches featuring players in identical kit/visors.
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Azure

Hall of Fame
#17
So do I but she's typically eliminated from competition before I get a chance to see her. Her skills are better than her record, what do you think her problem is?
Like Ostapenko (and I am sure a lot of other players) she is a hit or miss, go for broke player.
 
#18
Who are your favorite players?
Lots.

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
On fence about this. My favorite players are the ones that would probably do well in these types of matches & i think it's a way to fix the shortcomings or bias of a 3 set match in a slam, like it does for the men. Also I think it's the only way to make it "fair" for wanting equal pay, etc is if you DO the same things guys DO to get it. That said, i don't want to see players of either set hurt unnecessarily or that matches drone on. So kinda ok with the status quo for now.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
No. I think it weakens women's position that they have their coaches come down to talk to them. ugh. To me, one of the best parts of tennis is that you are out there alone and need to figure it out on your own. On a total side note (but not enough to change my opinion), i do like hearing what they say to the players.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Yes. That is something that should change with the times IMO.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts ?
question is kinda of biased the way it was written. Allowed to, like the shorts/top combo that Nike used at this Aussie Open, I believe, sure. I don't like it as much because I think tennis is traditional and unique (and it looks good which in itself makes it marketable) with the tennis skirts and dresses. I think if it makes a woman uncomfortable to be a skirt, she should have the option for shorts like that Nike combo, which is exactly how they wear practice clothing all the time. I don't like, nor do I think it should be allowed, the "costumes". See: catsuit, one-armed ballerina. It's a joke those things and one that I hope doesn't invade tennis. But I also realize it's practically impossible to govern taste.
 

MasterZeb

Hall of Fame
#23
Who are your favorite players?
Kerber Azarenka Osaka Kasatkina

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?

100%. Imagine some of the matches we could get. But I do understand the issue this might entail regarding scheduling.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?

No. Tennis is a individual sport. When you step out onto that court, it’s You vs them. No one else. You have to figure it out on your own.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?

Something that needs to be changed ASAP. Very old fashioned rule

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?

Of course.
 
#24
Loaded questions, but I'll indulge you

Who are your favorite players?
The Pliskovas and Wozniacki

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
No, because of scheduling issues. If they held separate events from the men, then sure.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
No, saying we should get rid of the rule just because breaks it is like saying we should get rid of the speed limit because nobody obeys it

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Yes, but it already is acceptable as long as they do it during the changeovers.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
What? The dress code is fine. It's obvious where the question comes from, and I don't know what to tell you if you think the skirts are more revealing than the outfit that was called into question

Women at the clubs at play in are not bound by tour regulations and they wear the same outfits
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#25
Loaded questions, but I'll indulge you

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
No, because of scheduling issues. If they held separate events from the men, then sure.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
No, saying we should get rid of the rule just because breaks it is like saying we should get rid of the speed limit because nobody obeys it

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Yes, but it already is acceptable as long as they do it during the changeovers.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
What? The dress code is fine. It's obvious where the question comes from, and I don't know what to tell you if you think the skirts are more revealing than the outfit that was called into question
The questions weren't "loaded" they were topical.
It is not obvious because I didn't like Serena's catsuit.
 

emilyhex

Hall of Fame
#26
Who are your favorite players? I have my sentimental favorites and my up-and-comer favorites. I'd love to see Kvitova dominate like I think she can. I'd love to see Keys figure things out and win a slam, which I think will happen. I usually want someone to win slightly more during a match. There are others.

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams? Absolutely, if that's what the players want. I know it's been done in the past (in the Open era) on a limited basis, and I think it's time to revisit it. It would create a new dimension to the game.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game? Nope. I disagree with BJK's statement on twitter. I don't think coaching should be allowed by either gender. A big part of the game is the mental aspect and players should have to figure things out for themselves on the court. This includes no coaching during the changeovers!! I think that was the stupidest thing when they introduced that, it's so demeaning to women. It's like they can't figure things out for themselves, so they bring out their coach (most of the time, a man) to help sort through their issues. Just say no.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath? Yes, no question.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties? I think the players should be comfortable with what they are wearing and I think the tournaments shouldn't be taking the role of fashion police. Wimbledon excluded of course, because good luck with that.
 
#27
The questions weren't "loaded" they were topical.
It is not obvious because I didn't like Serena's catsuit.
Then what's your problem with the dress code? Women are allowed to wear shorts instead of skirts and have done so on occasion
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#28
Who are your favorite players? I have my sentimental favorites and my up-and-comer favorites. I'd love to see Kvitova dominate like I think she can. I'd love to see Keys figure things out and win a slam, which I think will happen. I usually want someone to win slightly more during a match. There are others.

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams? Absolutely, if that's what the players want. I know it's been done in the past (in the Open era) on a limited basis, and I think it's time to revisit it. It would create a new dimension to the game.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game? Nope. I disagree with BJK's statement on twitter. I don't think coaching should be allowed by either gender. A big part of the game is the mental aspect and players should have to figure things out for themselves on the court. This includes no coaching during the changeovers!! I think that was the stupidest thing when they introduced that, it's so demeaning to women. It's like they can't figure things out for themselves, so they bring out their coach (most of the time, a man) to help sort through their issues. Just say no.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath? Yes, no question.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties? I think the players should be comfortable with what they are wearing and I think the tournaments shouldn't be taking the role of fashion police. Wimbledon excluded of course, because good luck with that.
I hope you're right about Keys. I really like her but her nerves are her worst enemy.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#29
The overall consensus seems to definitely be no coaching. I can't disagree because I really don't have a well-defined POV but I do think they need to start enforcing the rule. And I definitely didn't like the coaches coming on to the courts, it was demeaning to the women and never seemed to be all that helpful.

And one poster did bring up something that has bugged me for years, why are most of the women's coaches men? There aren't any qualified women out there? Wouldn't the women know the women's game better than men?
 

Soianka

Hall of Fame
#30
The overall consensus seems to definitely be no coaching. I can't disagree because I really don't have a well-defined POV but I do think they need to start enforcing the rule. And I definitely didn't like the coaches coming on to the courts, it was demeaning to the women and never seemed to be all that helpful.

And one poster did bring up something that has bugged me for years, why are most of the women's coaches men? There aren't any qualified women out there? Wouldn't the women know the women's game better than men?
I don't like the on-court coaching. It does feel very sexist and patronizing. I think Muguruza had one of the worst episodes I've seen with Sam Sumyk. He's a real ***.

But as far as coaching from the stands, this needs to be more specifically laid out on just what is and what is not acceptable. Should the player be punished for her team's actions or could the team simply be removed? Either way, they should have a separate person who is watching the coaches in order for the rule to be uniformly applied rather than the whim of the chair umpire whether he decides to look at one player's box or not.

I don't think there's a way to practically eliminate coaching from the stands and I don't really think it helps a player much if at all. If someone really wanted to do this, they could come up with all sorts of ways to do it without detection like using a third party intermediary.

Maybe it's best to just let that one go.
 
#31
My current favorite is sabalenka.
I like Halep, ostapenko, Naomi, etc but they are not my favorite.
No to 5 set for women but semi finals and finals can be of best of 5.i don't mind.
No to oncourt coaching.
Yes to last two questions. Both men and women should be able to wear anything they want.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#33
My current favorite is sabalenka.
I like Halep, ostapenko, Naomi, etc but they are not my favorite.
No to 5 set for women but semi finals and finals can be of best of 5.i don't mind.
No to oncourt coaching.
Yes to last two questions. Both men and women should be able to wear anything they want.
Another Sabalenka fan! Awesome.
 

eelhc

Hall of Fame
#34
Who are your favorite players?
Mine are Sabalenka, Keys (even though I think she has the physical skills but maybe not the emotional strength) and Barty (and yes still Serena)
I generally don't care for the baseline ball bashers like Keys, Muguruza... which seems to be the trend these days. To me... part of what makes WTA tennis boring is that it seems that the women these days play more "cave man tennis" than the men... Just trying to hit through the other players. That said, my favorites is Radwanska, Venus, BMS (gotta love S&V) and other players who mix it up. Radwanska may be the smartest player in all of tennis (men included)... just love watching her drive her opponents crazy.

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
I do whole-heartedly. I know conditioning will be an issue for some in the beginning but I think that's actually a good thing. Some of the players (in top seeds) on the women's tour are not in the best of shape. We'd see better tennis, with better conditioning, IMO. I always find 5 set matches to be much more compelling, they can't be won or lost just because of a slow start.
Yes... the women will figure it out conditioning wise. If they did play 5 sets, I don't think we would see so many early round upsets in women's tennis. Sneaking/stealing a match is much easier when it's 2 out of 3. I'd bet though... Serena would have ~1/2 dozen majors if this were the case.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
I am completely on the fence with this, I just really want to hear the wisdom of others.
No... (for both Men's/Women's) what is it with this generation? Helicopter parents, supervised play every second of every moment of their lives, safe spaces/trigger warnings in college, etc, etc...

The beauty of singles tennis is that it's as much of a mental competition as it is a skills and a physical one.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
I do, good lord it's not the middle ages.
Don't care... but the same rules/practice should apply to both women and men.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
From my question, obviously I do. I'd love to see designers create some short sets for the women players that show less T&A for the women that would like to wear them.
Don't see the argument here... Women are free to wear shorts just like men. It's that most choose to wear skirts/dresses. Good for them. i'm sure they don't dress for mine or anyone else's benefit.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#35
I generally don't care for the baseline ball bashers like Keys, Muguruza... which seems to be the trend these days. To me... part of what makes WTA tennis boring is that it seems that the women these days play more "cave man tennis" than the men... Just trying to hit through the other players. That said, my favorites is Radwanska, Venus, BMS (gotta love S&V) and other players who mix it up. Radwanska may be the smartest player in all of tennis (men included)... just love watching her drive her opponents crazy.



Yes... the women will figure it out conditioning wise. If they did play 5 sets, I don't think we would see so many early round upsets in women's tennis. Sneaking/stealing a match is much easier when it's 2 out of 3. I'd bet though... Serena would have ~1/2 dozen majors if this were the case.



No... (for both Men's/Women's) what is it with this generation? Helicopter parents, supervised play every second of every moment of their lives, safe spaces/trigger warnings in college, etc, etc...

The beauty of singles tennis is that it's as much of a mental competition as it is a skills and a physical one.



Don't care... but the same rules/practice should apply to both women and men.



Don't see the argument here... Women are free to wear shorts just like men. It's that most choose to wear skirts/dresses. Good for them. i'm sure they don't dress for mine or anyone else's benefit.
I love your answers!
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
#36
Who are your favorite players?
Muguruza, Ostapenko, Cibulkova, Petkovic, Lisicki, Kerber, Kvitova, Giorgi, Osaka, Sveta, Schiavone, Vika, Vekic, Garcia, Putintseva, Bacsinszky.

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
No. Maybe for the semis/final, maybe even quarter, but otherwise definitely not. Primarily on account of the fact that it'd be hell for the schedule, and probably require at least a few more days of play tacked onto the tournament, the quality of play is not high enough-deep enough to warrant it. WTA matches at slam level are more mental affairs than anything else. Physically they're probably easier than the tournaments they play week in and week out given the days rest between matches, but the amount of meltdowns you see where third sets especially seem to feature innumerable breaks of serve makes me think going to best of 5 would just create a mess of a situation in the earlier rounds.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
No. Tennis has managed to exist all this time without overt coaching being a part of the game. Players going toe to toe with coaches only being able to chip in during rain or heat delays is part of the gladiatorial beauty of it. I get that it's probably become an addition to the game to try and counter the fact that so many people do it anyway, but it just needs to be gotten rid of. Force coaches to watch from the locker room or something.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Obviously.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
Yeah. I mean shorts are becoming more of a thing the last couple of years, though they're often pretty short/tight too, but getting so caught up on what people are dressed in is dumb. I never read what the reasoning against Serena's catsuit was, but I'm guessing it was pretty stupid.
 
#37
Who are your favorite players?
Halep, Sloane, Garcia

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
No, I don't.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
No. The players should be able to think and problem-solve for themselves. That is part of what makes tennis such a great sport.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
No. The Alize Cornet incident was a one-off. It is my understanding that she basically had to change her shirt on court since she had no break-time left. The umpire should have exercised discretion in her case and recognized that she wasn't in a position to do anything else. If there is a rule change to allow women to change on court it will simply be another opportunity to objectify, exploit, and sexualize women - sometimes this will be done by the players themselves looking to get attention, but almost always by the media who will do anything (including up-skirting players) do get more viewers. In most cases, women have plenty of time to go into a locker room to change. Interesting that your next question is about women showing off their panties. Panties bad, bras good?

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
Not sure why you think they can't. Navratilova and Azarenka wear shorts quite often as do others.
 
#38
Who are your favorite players?

Halep, Osaka, Konta, Kasatkina, Radwanska, Venus, lots of others.

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?

It would kind of mess with the stats introducing five setters at this point. Maybe a separate event with a big fat paycheck? I'm genuinely curious as to which women have the conditioning for it. I often skip the first set when watching men's five setters, but a good, close fifth set tiebreaker is a thing of glory.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?

Should be same rule for men and women. I'm OK with some low key coaching from the box. Not a fan of on court coaching. I like seeing the players figure out solutions.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?

Yes. They should also be allowed to rip their shirts of with a roar when they win :)

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?

They're not allowed to wear shorts? I prefer wearing shorts to skorts when I play, but it's hard to get women's sportswear with pockets. I get tired of sticking tennis balls up my knickers. Most of the time I wear shorts I bought in the boys section. Not exactly flattering, LOL, but have nice big pockets. I remember one year Nike had 'em wearing these flowing white nightdress-looking things. They would have looked nice at a cocktail party, but totally inappropriate for playing a sport.
 
#39
Thanks for this thread — will hopefully inspire some more thoughtful discussion of the WTA.

Favorites (in no particular order) — Serena (though I was disappointed she prolonged the argument w Ramos) and Venus, not for their style but for their collective legacy. Halep and Cibulkova because they’re short like me and bring a big game. Suarez Navarro — short with a one-handed BH like me. Coco, Madison K, and Sloane — American women are KILLING it.

5 sets for women in GS — No. Men ARE bigger and stronger, it’s just biology. Does NOT mean the women aren’t training as hard or expending as much proportional effort.

On-court coaching — same rule should apply to both men and women and it should be a HELL NO. This sport requires real-time problem-solving and on-court coaching (usually from a male coach) makes the women look mentally weaker in comparison.

On-court shirt changes — absolutely should be allowed. What, virginal eyes are going to be shocked by the sight of a bra? People (especially on these boards) need to grow up. These women are athletes, not baby dolls for men’s amusement.

On-court wardrobe — players should be able to wear whatever the hell they want. I wear a skirt only for matches, otherwise it’s shorts. (And as an aside, can manufactureres PLEASE put some effing pockets on the skirts and women’s shorts??? Some do, but they’re hard to find.) I’ve noticed more WTA pros wearing shorts in matches — Azarenka has for a while now, and I’ve also noticed Osaka and Halep on occasion. There’s a doubles player, Demi Schuurs I think, who wears men’s adidas gear in her matche (I believe she’s an out lesbian, not that it matters).
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#40
Thanks for this thread — will hopefully inspire some more thoughtful discussion of the WTA.
That's my hope. I'm not a very creative person but I'm trying to come up with ideas for threads. I'm sure there are other people here with far better ideas than I have. I think many are too intimidated to post because there are so many insults that come from some of the members regarding women on the court and off.

On-court shirt changes — absolutely should be allowed. What, virginal eyes are going to be shocked by the sight of a bra? People (especially on these boards) need to grow up. These women are athletes, not baby dolls for men’s amusement.
I have to give this an AMEN!

Thank you for your post.
 
#42
Not a huge WTA fan so apologies if this isn't meant for me.

But I find a few of the younger players like Stephens, Osaka, Kasatkina interesting.

No interest in Bo5 but if they want to, fine. I'm fine with equal pay despite unequal sets.

Coaching on court should be fine, but not the stupid mic'd kind, they should designate a discreet place for the coach just like any other sport.

Dress code questions - I think dress code is appropriate.
 

Ann

Hall of Fame
#43
Not a huge WTA fan so apologies if this isn't meant for me.

But I find a few of the younger players like Stephens, Osaka, Kasatkina interesting.

No interest in Bo5 but if they want to, fine. I'm fine with equal pay despite unequal sets.

Coaching on court should be fine, but not the stupid mic'd kind, they should designate a discreet place for the coach just like any other sport.

Dress code questions - I think dress code is appropriate.
Not being a huge fan is just fine. :p
 
#46
Who are your favorite players?
Halep, Sloan, Camila, Osaka, Suarez-Navarro

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
If they want same money they should produce the same output

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
No. To me, one of the things that makes tennis so compelling is watching someone solve the riddle on their own. I cant think of any other sport where there is no coaching at some point during the contest.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
I prefer if *no one* would change their shirt on court, men nor women.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
They can wear what they want. But this is a market/demand issue. If a person doesn't like what he apparel maker is putting out there, don't buy it. But clearly there is a market for the styles you describe.
 
#47
Who are your favorite players?
Past: Martina Navratilova, Gigi Fernandez, Monica Seles, Amanda Coetzer, Jelena Dokic, Amelie Mauresmo, Kim Clijsters, Li Na
Current: Simona Halep, Jelena Ostapenko, Daria Kasatkina, Naomi Osaka

Do you support 5 set matches for women in Grand Slams?
Not in general. I think it would be fun for the finals though, but have a tiebreaker in the fifth set.

Do you think that coaches should be allowed to coach during the game?
Coaching helps wealthier players who can presumably afford better coaches. On the other hand, since coaching from the boxes happen anyway and is hard to enforce, it would help keep stuff like yesterday's U.S. Open final from happening. So, gesture coaching from the box should be legal; direct coaching on the court should not be allowed.

Do you think it should be acceptable for women tennis players to change their shirt on the court, assuming they're wearing a sports bra underneath?
Yes. New York City law is that women can actually legally walk around bare chested.

Do you think women should be allowed to wear something besides the short skirts designed to show off their panties?
Players should be allowed to wear anything that's not too flamboyantly distracting.
 
#49
Favorite players
Of all time, Graf, Navratilova, Hingis and Henin and Dementieva. The last 3 were Fun to play against for sure.
Current I like Radwanska and Kerber. And Kasatkina.

5 set matches? Absolutely! Fitness should matter, and it rarely does in best of 3.

Coaching? Not ever. . at any time. Tennis should not allow coaching during a match. It is a sport of 1 on 1. All coaching is before and after the match, not during.

Change shirt in the court? Of course on a changeover. Not on court.

Skirts? Odd and misleading question, since women have often worn shorts. See Azarenka. I wore shorts in many matches, as well.
 
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