The top six Spanish ladies have had enough and they ain't gonna take it no more. Last week they announced that they would be ladycotting (yeah, I made that up for shits and giggles) next year's Fed Cup because they don't feel like they get any support from the RFET (the Spanish tennis federation).
The problem areas include a lack of medical resources and structure for women’s tennis, a decrease in the number of ITF tournaments held in Spain, a lack of structural investment, and the need for greater professional support for the Fed Cup team. According to the players, these issues were presented to the Federation in 2009, but no improvement has been made. The letter concludes, “Very much against our will, we have been forced to take a unanimous decision to stop playing and forming part of the national team for the 2011 Fed Cup.”
The RFET was all "The fuck? What you bitches be talkin' 'bout?" and issued a 13 point reply that basically amounted to "Nuh uh" and "Ok, fine we'll promise to do what we already promised to do but didn't actually do but no seriously this time we'll do it we promise" and "ZOMG, that is so weird that you brought this up! We were totally *just* going to give you 200k Euros! What a coincidence!"
But the ladies were having none of it. They've got Arantxa and Conchi on their side and they basically told the RFET that until they actually, you know, DO SOMETHING, they're not going to be going on any tours of the finer side of Estonia with Kaia any time soon.
I'm all for players standing up for themselves so kudos to Team Spain, Lady Edition. That doesn't mean that MGMT or Vives are off my ess list, or really, any of them thanks to this piece of international relations genius, but all power to them and I hope this forces the RFET to pony up some lady dollars.