Witz78 wrote:up until now ive tried to be reasonable Monique......................
BUT its clear now that you just have some sort of personal gripe and fear of the sport becoming big.
Do you fear the cosy little snooker community and clique will become a thing of the past?
Absolutely not. I'm someone who probably see the players close-up more than most on here and who knows that playing in the events is only a part of the efforts they have to sustain to be competitive sportsmen and up to the task.
They have to practice, they have sponsors meetings, promo work, travel time etc... and they have families for many of them.
It's not like in other more physical sports where basically you're retired at 30 and can then think about building a family after a few intensive years. Players in snooker are still around at 40 and over. And it's not as if the price money was such that it's "worth" sacrificing everything for it (BTW I think it NEVER is ) ... Djokovic this season only has earned more than Hendry in his whole career.
Like Sonny said before the guys need time to recharge their batteries, they need time to prepare properly for majors. Mental exhaustion is not as visible but just as real as physical exhaustion and snooker takes a lot out of the players mentally and emotionally.
Just like in other sports, they should have a limited set of compulsory majors and for the rest the possibility to manage their season knowing that a pre-defined number of best results will count for the rankings.
What angers me, and it DOES anger me, is people making judgement and deciding shedules for others - the others being in this case the players - while they don't have the faintest idea what their reality is. Those "lazy" players are pros because of thousand and thousand of hours of practice, of millions of balls potted since a young age, often spending their time at the club when the other kids went out and were partying. It's a lot of hard work to become a pro snooker player. There are no lazy gits on the MT.