Birmingham Tier III - prize money - $175,000 - 56 DRAW
first round (R64) winners will only receive 9 WTA ranking points
second round (R32) winners will only receive 16 WTA ranking points
compare this to:
any $175,000 Tier III with 30 DRAW
first round (R32) winners receive 16 WTA ranking points
any $145,000 Tier IV with 32 DRAW
first round winners receive 12 WTA ranking points
ITF $75,000 with 32 DRAW
first round winners receive 8 points (with hospitality) and 7 points (without hospitality)
Birmingham is ridiculous as the only Tier III w/ 56 draw.
They need to raise $50,000 more per year to bring the prize money up to $225,000 and have it be a Tier IIIA. At least then first round winner will receive 14 points and 2nd round 25 points.
Otherwise, players might as well play an ITF
The only thing that made Birmingham appealing in previous years was that players could rack up bonus points but now those are gone