The Womens’ Tennis Association (WTA) have sanctioned the forming of a mutual aid society , No. 1s Anonymous (Who Have Never Won A Major), whose primary purpose is to help players stay focused (and No.1) and to help past and present No.1s clinch majors.
The self-help body is co-founded by Caroline Wozniacki, Jelena Jankovic and Dinara Safina.
The group will meet every fortnight and describe their frustrations on the tour at not winning the tournaments that count despite being heads-and-shoulders over the competition in the points table.
The move follows the shattering loss experienced by Ms. Wozniacki in the third round at Roland Garros. This is Wozniacki’s third straight Slam ranked No.1, only to find herself crashing out of the tournament.
If members of the group cannot meet in person, they can join in via conference calls on a speaker phone.
The WTA has also arranged for keynote speakers to address the group. Kim Clijsters and Marcelo Rios have agreed to talk to the group and recount their experiences and how they have dealt with the pain of being No.1 without having won a major.
They will advise members of the group how to deal with jibes from fans and fellow players on the tour.
Should the body prove effective, membership will extend to players who have ranked within the top five but never No. 1.
(All facts and “quotes” in this article are made up but you knew that already, didn’t you?)
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