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Practice Sets
FAO the mods: I'm not sure this deserves it's own thread but I am curious to know what people think. Can you please merge it with another thread if you feel it's required? Smile

Before the US Open started I read some comments that Tommy Haas made with regard to practice at the slams and masters events that include WTA players. I'm afraid I can't remember what forum I read it on but the gist of it was that it can be very difficult for players to get the time required on the practice courts because the women never share courts. He said male players share courts all the time. I know that before and during this slam Murray has hit with Nadal, Wawrinka, Berdych and numerous other players. I know all the top 10-20 guys hit with each other all the time.

Why aren't the female players sharing a court? I know a lot of their hitting partners and coaches are men but should should they not be adding more variety? Should they not be hitting with the players they will be competing against? Should the female players get less court time if they're not prepared to share?

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(This post was last modified: 04-Sep-2013 07:40 PM by Iona16.)
04-Sep-2013 07:39 PM
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RE: Practice Sets
Well I saw a bunch of them practicing together at the US Open. Hantuchova seemed to be practicing a ton and I saw her hit with Cibulkova and 2 other women I didn't recognize. Interesting observation from Tommy.
04-Sep-2013 07:48 PM
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RE: Practice Sets
I wish I could remember what forum I read the comments on. I'm going to try and find it again.

I have to say when I was at Wimbledon and the French Open I didn't see ONE female player playing with another. Granted I didn't go round every single practice court but the female players I did see were all hitting with men.

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04-Sep-2013 08:03 PM
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RE: Practice Sets
(04-Sep-2013 08:03 PM)Iona16 Wrote:  I wish I could remember what forum I read the comments on. I'm going to try and find it again.

I have to say when I was at Wimbledon and the French Open I didn't see ONE female player playing with another. Granted I didn't go round every single practice court but the female players I did see were all hitting with men.

The funny thing is that this is contrary to the gender stereotyping. Women are generally
stereotyped to be social animals and group players while men are generally stereotyped to
be competitive and antisocial people.

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04-Sep-2013 11:11 PM
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