I was curious about this 92K "Tier V" tournament
so I did some research and found this article...
Forest Hills tourney no threat
By SEAN BARKER , Special to The Press 02/19/2004
A women’s tennis tournament will be held at Forest Hills, the former site of the U.S. Open, the same week as the Pilot Pen Tennis tournament this year, but the New Haven-based tournament will not be affected as far as competition for players.
Both are USTA events. The Pilot Pen is a Tier II event, offering $585,000 in prize money, including $92,000 to the winner. Forest Hills is a Tier V event (one step above a satellite stop) and offers $70,000 of total prize money.
The Pilot Pen is a direct-entry tournament, so the top 22 players who compete the week of Aug. 22-28 are required to play at the Pilot Pen. The WTA does not allow players to "play down."
Six players gain entry into the Pilot Pen main tournament through the qualifying draw. It is possible some players who in the past attempted to qualify for the Pilot Pen would opt for the Forest Hills event.
The Forest Hills event is designated for the next tier of players who had not had a tournament to compete in the week before the U.S. Open.
The weeks before the Australian Open, French Open and Wimbledon all offer multiple tournaments, with the same guidelines.
There will not be battles for players like those that took place between New Haven and Indianapolis when both had men’s tournaments.