There may be some interesting changes heading for the Women’s Tennis Association, as the board revealed that they are considering a proposed rule change that would allow the top competitors on the tour play 2 international events, instead of one throughout the season.
The tournaments in discussion are the international events, which give $250,000 in prize money, are generally in the lower end of the tournament spectrum and usually give top players a fee for appearing at the event.
Auckland tournament director Karl Budge, who is the Asia-Pacific representative on the board, told the Sunday News that he is requesting an increase in the amount of International events Top 10 players can play.
“It’s something that’s in the best interests of everyone,” said Budge. “It gives the players the opportunity of playing more International tournaments over the first six months, which we all want and need.”
“I’m not suggesting that we need to have more Top 10 players in our week, we’re happy with our level, but we need the ability of getting a Top-10 player and making sure every year we can and we’re not competing with a tournament like Monterrey three months after us,”
The proposed change has now become a motion that is being considered by the WTA board.
Details via Tennis.com.