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Does Clijsters deserve exemption into year-ender?

Updated: October 27, 2009, 9:18 AM ET
By Sandra Harwitt, ESPN.com

If Kim Clijsters played tennis on the men's tour, she'd be guaranteed a spot in the season-ending championships as the reigning U.S. Open champion.

On the ATP Tour, up to two players who win a Grand Slam tournament, but aren't among the top eight in the points race during that year, will be given automatic admittance to the season-ender.

But the WTA Tour has different rules. The women don't have this Grand Slam champions special-exception clause, but wisdom suggests they should. ...

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