The Russian reckons the revamped WTA Tour schedule is too confusing and restrictive - and players might revolt...

Safina warns of strikes against ‘Roadmap’



Originally published on 26/02/10 11:17

Dinara Safina has warned that leading players may boycott the WTA Tour next season over changes to the tournament scheduling from 2009.

The Russian, set to rise to a career-high world No.2 ranking this Monday after a semi-final appearance at the Kremlin Cup this week, said players aren’t happy with the WTA’s ‘Roadmap Calendar’.

“No one understands which tournaments you can play and which you can’t”

“If they don’t listen to what we have to say we might even choose to boycott the new Tour,” said Safina after losing to compatriot Vera Zvonareva in Moscow on Saturday.

“No one seems to understand which tournaments you can play and which you can’t.”

The WTA’s new schedule is meant to produce a “healthier calendar” with a longer off-season and less changes of surface. The current 26 Tier I and Tier II events will be reduced to 20 Premiere tournaments, with players having to play in at least 10.

Under the new ‘Roadmap’, the four

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