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The future of the German Open in Berlin

As you might now, Tier I Berlin is now run by the Qatar Tennis Federation because they have bought the tournament. Quite a strange situation.

Now I can't imagine that this will be a long-term solution. Qatar would probably love to have a Tier I at home but of course they can't have a clay-event in May there. And to be honest, their tier II isn't going that strong either as the number of spectators is rather disappointing.

And we should not forget that leaving Germany without a major clay-tournament would be an absolute disaster, since women's clay-court tennis in Germany has a history of more than 100 years, and during this time the German Internationals in Hamburg/Berlin have always been among the most important tournaments worldwide.
This has not prevented the DTB from selling it though (they had no choice because they are bankrupt) so it's not in their hands anymore, anyway.

But is there any other country/city in Europe that could host a successful clay Tier I in May? I doubt it. So cancelling Berlin would be a big blow for the whole European clay-season. The smaller events are already struggling, and Rome is not that great either attendance-wise.

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Perhaps putting another big, clay court tourney in Spain?
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The problem with Berlin is that they haven´t made any promotion for that tourney. When you tell people in Berlin you go the tennis tourney, they don´t have a clue that there is even a tourney. It´s a pity cause it has a brilliant players-attendance but absolute zero visitors. Of course tennis is not as appreciated as in the past, but the interesting thing is that every other tourney in this country are well attended, not only the ATP-ones but also Filderstadt. In my opinion it´s a lack of marketing...

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I just hope it still will go on!
It's my favourite tournament on clay, which means it's my favourite tournament overall!
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I have heard that they want to organize a woman's version of the World Team cup there from 2006 on. Not sure though.....

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Kitzbuehel also in big troubles ...

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Yeah I say put a tier I or II in Barcelona or Madrid, heck anywhere in the country Seville or Valencia they have so many great venues
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I agree a Tier I in Spain would be a good idea. Now there is no clay tournament for women in Spain, is there? Tennis is popular in Spain, even if the Spanish women aren't doing as well as a few years ago. They have plenty of clay courts/venues.
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I have heard that they want to organize a woman's version of the World Team cup there from 2006 on. Not sure though.....
Really? Why not just do that in Dusseldorf like the Arag World team Cup?

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I know, I love going there every year, too.

It was said in the TV, that's all.....

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I have heard that they want to organize a woman's version of the World Team cup there from 2006 on. Not sure though.....


Well, concerning the promotion aspect mentioned:
I guess that'll be always a problem. Last year's promotion was really not very intense, but actually it was a logic consequence. Since Berlin as well as Hamburg didn't run well the last years, the DTB was almost bankrupt. Thus, the budget for promotion activities was really small plus promoting the event in Berlin seemed difficult without causing big costs.
But however, you cannot say there was no promotion at all.
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Its a shame about the German events - there use to be loads - Hamburg, Leizpig and Berlin. Sometimes the YEC was hosted here too. It's a shame because we have seen what Anna Lena-Groenfield can do this year and she should be able to play in front of a home crowd.
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Germany? Who needs Germany when you have the lovely Qatar open where women walking the streets without a burka can indulge in a hot stone pummeling massage. Yes! The people are so loving and considerate of women that they will give you this treatment for free! How nice! My body tingles in anticipation, doesnt yours?

Then, after the stoning, if you are a lesbian they will rush you off to your very own Gangbang deflowering because you couldnt possibly be a true woman without hot desert cock, right? Such a treat! Germany offered none of the sort! The barbarians!

Then if you are really sweet and femenine and subserivent you will have your right to drive taken away and be sequestered in a small room to think about how to best serve your man, who will be provided if you do not currently possess one.

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It is also terrible that the ATP Rome master series is on the same week, so for fans of tennis, would have to choose between the two... Perhaps it is time to combine the two together, thus making it a Tier one involving both guys and girls like Miami and Indian Wells?

After all the next week, the ATP players play in Germany, while the WTA players play in Italy. They might as well attract more audiences by combining the two. And it is not a very impossible idea cos there are many lower tier with lower prize money that does combine both ATP and WTA events.

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