Well, they showed up for the dinner on Thursday to hand out the post-season awards, so I'm not buying that they wouldn't have gone on Tuesday.
They are not saying who the selected players were, but I suspect if they were Koreans, we would have heard their names so they could be publicly chastised. I suspect it's the golden girls like Thompson and the Kordas who blew it off and Beth-Ann the US rooter is covering for them.
Having said that, I suspect the real problem is MMS; I recall reading an article where she basically took the blame and said that she did a bad job of communicating what was going on. Perhaps everyone thought the dinner was canceled after Williams bowed out? You know how it goes: players ask each other, they say, 'I dunno, I think it's off?' and the next thing you know, no one shows up?
MMS never looks like she's entirely there. Look at that photo with Lydia; could she be more foggy looking?
I find it bizarre that 11 players had be bribed incentivized with an appearance by umpire-baiter Serena Williams in order to show up for a dinner that obviously included numerous civilians from the pro-ams. Yes, this is mostly on MMS ... she should have ordered a few random players to show up ... I thought that was part of "the job."
I said "mostly" above ... couldn't have Terry Duffy filed his complaints in private?
Good point about the Thursday dinner they did attend. Hard to know where we are at on Covid; I still see people wearing a mask walking their dog. To each their own. MMS should probably sneak in one or two interviews a year so it doesn’t all seem like it does.