Tournements that have gone
I was reading my WTA guide last night, looking at schedules in previous years.
Although I remembered certain tournemnets, I was surprised how many tournemnets were in the US compared to today.
Sure I thought, some of the smaller ones change here and their, but larger tournaments also have been axed, in large influential cities. Washington DC, New Orleans, Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicargo and Houston are an example of these. Boca Raton, San Antonio Oakland were other large US tournement that went. The VS series had a rung of middle-lower tier events that are all gone; they include, Witcha, INdianopolis, Phoenix, Tampa, Little Rock, Alberquerie, Newport, Stratton Mountain & Nashville
Boston hosted a tournie in 98.
San Juan often held tournies
Their ae a lot moe Us ones, just don't have my book with me. They really dominated though
IN Asia, Singapore, Taipai and Hong Kong all hosted smaller events.
IN Europe, Athens, Geneva(European Open), Malmo Prague(surprsingly, as it is such a strong tennis nation) Sofia, Taranto, San marino, Essen, Hannover, Cardiff and French cities of Aix, Bayonne, Montpellier, Paris(smaller tournie after US Open) are no longer on the calender. A variety of Austrian clay court tournies played between Wimbledon and Us Open have also gone.
I think the curent group of tounries are fine, no probs, its a good idea to bring tennis to more nations, regions. I just thought it was interesting to see how tournaments have changed geographically quite dramatically.
I wonder if any tournements in the US will 'make a comeback'?
I certainly don't think its a good idea to have 3 tournements played in a week, so the intro of more tournies wouldn't be good.
A couple of changes that could be made would be to streamline regions-surfaces better, generally done well, but to group South american tournies together, include tashkent with Dubia and Doha would be great.
It would be better for all european indoor to be playd at the end of the year, (ie move paris) and make Antwerp a clay court event, play it the week before French and move madrid-strasbourg to another week in May.
The biggest suggestion would be to have 3 weeks between French Open and Wimbeldon. It is so much more sensible and fair. An extra week of grass court tennis for those specialists or/ and an extra week for players to have off. Newport could be re introduced and players could have a quick dash over the atlantic for a week!
Anyways, anyone miss a certain tournie, or have any ideas thoughts?