Liam Broady urges grand slams to ban late withdrawals from main draw

British tennis player Liam Broady urges grand slams to not allow late withdrawals from the main draw of events because it creates an unbalanced draw.

The topic is in the news again with Novak Djokovic refusing to pull out of the main draw of the US Open despite the draw being imminent. The Serbian did the same a couple of times and it got him a lot of hate from tennis fans because it was obvious he wasn't going to play at that event.

It creates an imbalance in the draw and lower ranked players that enter the main draw due to top players withdrawing lose that chance. Some of them play the qualifiers and lose which makes the situation even worse. Broady would like to see that stop:

"There should be a rule against late withdrawals from slams when you know you aren't going to play. Really tough on number 1 seeds in slam qualifying seeing players they know aren't playing on the main draw list but still having to going through qualifying."

While the timing of the comment clearly alludes to Djokovic Broady was adamant that it's not related to him but more so generally:

"This tweet isn't about ND. It's about players who KNOW way before the withdrawal deadline and still don't do it due to lack of caring. It can cost the guy one out of main draw a lot of money as qualifying isn't guaranteed..."

Daria Saville saw something similar happen recently when Andreescu pulled out late which would have sent her into the main draw had it been earlier. She played the qualifiers but failed to qualify.

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