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The Craziest Tennis Rule That Never Made It!

In all sports, we can easily admit that there are some pretty strange and crazy rules. We don’t really get them, we have no idea how anyone could have ever come up with them, yet we accept them because, well… those are the rules!

We found a rule in tennis that was proposed, but never made it.

According to an article on NCAA’s website, Division I has always struggled with regulating the amateur activities or prospective student-athletes. No sport is more highly regulated than tennis, but in 2007, the sport almost “went off the deep end of deregulation.”

The rule stated, “prior to full-time collegiate enrollment, an individual may accept prize money based on his or her place finish or performance in open athletic events, not to exceed $10,000 per calendar year… Once the individual has reached the $10,000 limit, he or she may receive additional prize money on a per event basis, provided such prize money does not exceed his or her actual and necessary expenses for participation in the event.”

Ok, so basically before you enter college, you can make up to $10,000 per calendar year as a tennis player. After that, you can make additional money, but only enough to cover your costs.

 Suffice to say, this rule was shut down pretty quickly.

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