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Dubai field slightly stronger than Indian Wells field

Let me emphasize 'slightly'
Dubai - 6 of top 10, 13 of top 20, #1, #4, #5, 3 GS champs
IW ---- 5 of top 10, 13 of top 20, #1, #2, #3, 2 GS champs

01 IW D Lindsay Davenport
02 IW . Amelie Mauresmo
03 IW . Maria Sharapova
04 .. D Serena Williams
05 .. D Anastasia Myskina
06 IW . Elena Dementieva
07 IW D Svetlana Kuznetsova
08 .. D Alicia Molik
09 .. D Venus Williams
10 xx x Jennifer Capriati
-- -- - -----------------------
11 IW . Vera Zvonareva
12 IW . Nadia Petrova
13 IW D Nathalie Dechy
14 .. D Patty Schnyder
15 IW D Elena Bovina
16 xx x Justine Henin-Hardenne
17 IW D Francesca Schiavone
18 IW D Elena Likhovtseva
19 IW . Karolina Sprem
20 IW D Paola Suarez


What jumps up and bites you on the leg of course, is Dubai is a Tier II, and Indian Wells is a Tier I. That begs certain questions.

Should Dubai be a Tier I?

Should Indian Wells be a Tier II?

Should they both be Tier I?

Should IW be only one week?

Is four Tier I's out of five tournaments insane? (yes)

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Dubai is obviously shelling out appearance fee. I think it should remain as is. Even if it were Tier V the field is bound to be strong there.

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IW is a super tier 1, 96 in the draw and a winners check that if half the size of a slam.

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Dubai is obviously shelling out appearance fee. I think it should remain as is. Even if it were Tier V the field is bound to be strong there.
Really? What ARE the appearance fees? The field sure wasn't this strong in 2001.

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maybe dubai should be tier 1.... i think indian wells should stay as it is.... in the atp, don't they penalize players for missing a "super tier1"?
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Really? What ARE the appearance fees? The field sure wasn't this strong in 2001.
Isn't it obvious?

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i think in 2001 just loaded hingis with appearance money becaused they were interested in having the #1 player at all costs. that really got the ball rolling. remember, that was (i think) the first year of the tournament. they couldn't do then what they can do now.
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Having the Willy sistahz doesn't make the tournament stronger than one without them. In fact IW has no.2 and 3 in the world which is missing in Dubai so I would say IW's field is gonna be stronger barring a few top players' withdrawal. I really think the Williams sistahz presence in any event is over-ratted.. I'm sorry to say this... I just don't think they are as important as some ppl make them out to be... sorry... very sorry... don't hate me for saying this.. just can't help it! They are not what the tour is... the tour could do without them.... sorry... dun hat'on me...
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It is clear Dubai is forking out a lot of money for their tournament. I mean they aired commercials about it constantly during the Year-Ending Championships in the states...the ones with the players pertaining to "Love Dubai." The corniest and fakest commercial I'd ever seen. I already posted about it before, but oh well, the commercial annoyed the heck out of me







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Yeah Dubai is dishing out a lot of money for the players and the tourni. Who wouldn't want to stay in a 7 star hotel. Who wouldn't want to play on the helipad. Dubai is a beautiful place. Dubai technology is even better than the grand slams. I can watch tennis online on Centre Court at Dubai. I can't do that with the slams. I think it's good though as a good Teir II. If Dubai wants to dish out more money to make it a Teir I than let them. But until then Indian Wells will be a weak Teir I and Dubai one of the strongest Teir II's.
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post #11 of 47 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 2005, 08:50 AM
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That is definetly true, regarding the live cams. The Kremlin Cup has an online cam, as well. The only reason I can think of that prevents the Slams from doing the same, is that it will take away viewers from sponsoring networks. These tournaments in Dubai and Moscow do not carry so much coverage, so they can show matches online without really taking away from major networks. I do wish they would show the "not-so-popular" matches of the slams online, at least.







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what do u mean u can watch tennis online??
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I pay a certain amount of money. They have a Live video stream from centre court. I watch the matches on Broadband Live. Since I don't have the tennis channel, it's a good thing for me.
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DHfan, yes, if you have broadband (DSL or Cable Modem), then you can watch matches live for the Dubai or Kremlin Cup tournaments...maybe some others that I don't know of. During the events just go to the tournament's official website and they have a link to watch matches live.







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Really? What ARE the appearance fees? The field sure wasn't this strong in 2001.
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