Yes, cyandream. I read it a few weeks ago, as mentioned in a brief post I made last night and also several weeks ago in one of our OT threads, and it only adds to things I had been thinking already. I don't know how accurate Michael Mewshaw's research is, but it looked pretty well-sourced to me. I've also read his book about the men's tour, "Short Circuit" - and there he is extremely specific about many of his sources and crooss-checks. I found both books interesting, but the one about the WTA tour much more disturbing and upsetting. In fact, unless someone can disprove some of the things that he asserts, I will never look at the WTA tour in quite the same way again.
Posted by Nancy J
05/08/2007 at 04:51 PM
Pete, I've not written here in awhile, but had to let you know that I feel that your post is a harsh assessment (since I liked Kims game AND I found her a nice person).
A member of the tribe used to write alot about "accounts," and players only having so much in their accounts to give to the game. This is what I think happened with Kim. Her account both mentally and physically is drained. It doesn't matter that she's only 23. There's nothing left.
Its not about her desire to marry, or to have children, or the travelling that takes her away from home. Her body and mind "account" simply ran dry. Why push it this year if its no longer there for Kim? Sure, I would have liked a better ending, but when its gone -- its gone.
Best of luck to Kim.
p.s. Will she be back in a few years after the divorce (you all remember how cynical I am about youngster's marrying)? I won't bet against the possibility! ;)!
Posted by Pete
05/08/2007 at 04:54 PM
Nancy J - it was worth writing just to have you back!
Posted by cyandream
05/08/2007 at 04:58 PM
Rose, I read a passage last night, and was thinking I could have written the same passge with newer names.
I have a guestion with regards to the "girls" of the WTA, I wonder how much of this is because since they are girls, education as well as long term goals aren't as important to the familes? Are they seen as quick money makers with the thought that they can be "married off " later, if I may fall back on old fashioned notions.
OTOH, I see a scary trend emerging on the young men too, now that prize money is so much higher. It seems you have a push for these young boys to make the decision to go pro at relatively younger ages than in the past. Is this just a perception of mind or do others see it too. And if that is the case are we going to have a generation of young men, suffering from some of the same pressures?