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Acura Classic Leaving San Diego?

Can someone who subscribe to tennisreporter please post the article that says the Acura Classic is likely to leave San Diego after '07. It seems that they have already sold the tournament back to the WTA.
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Acura Classic likely to leave San Diego after '07

The Acura Classic, a tennis fixture in San Diego since 1984, has sold its Tier I designation back to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and will more than likely see its last year of play in 2007, ******************** has learned.

Co-owners Raquel Giscafre and Jane Stratton had put the well-attended tournament at the La Costa Resort for sale and were apparently unable to find buyers. The tournament would have been forced to leave La Costa after 2007 anyway as the resort owners no longer desired to have the event there.

Giscafre and Stratton briefly looked into getting financing for a new stadium in San Diego, but we unsuccessful.

The WTA, which is reconfiguring its calendar for 2010, stepped in and bought the Tier I designation and will likely sell it to Cincinnati, which is looking to host a combined men’s and women’s tournament the same week that the women’s Canadian Open is now played.

The tour is looking to establish three “A-level” tournaments during the US Open Series, one that is almost sure to be Montreal, another that could be Cincinnati and another that could be Los Angeles or Stanford. The tour will opening up bidding on this new “A” designation, where the tournaments will be asked to provide at least $ 1 million in prize money in exchange for an increased player commitment from the tour’s stars. Currently, the Tier II tournaments at Stanford and Los Angeles offer around $600,000 in prize money.

At this point, any tournament that does not receive an "A" designation will be dropped to a “B” level, where they will only have to offer around $225,000 in prize money, but not be guaranteed any Top-10 players.
However, negotiations on the topics between the tour, the Slams, the ITF and the tournaments are still ongoing.
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That's sad news, but I think making Cincinnati a combined men's/women's Tier I event is a GREAT idea.
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Thanks for the article.
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That's sad news, but I think making Cincinnati a combined men's/women's Tier I event is a GREAT idea.
Yeah, it definitely is. Hope,it will come true..
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Quite sad, I like San Diego's tournament. It's also a very nice resort.
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The WTA, which is reconfiguring its calendar for 2010, stepped in and bought the Tier I designation and will likely sell it to Cincinnati, which is looking to host a combined men’s and women’s tournament the same week that the women’s Canadian Open is now played.
I don't like that, and I don't like combined events.
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can´t wait to see the changes, i hope the WTA-Tour will finally come up with something good after all the bad stuff in the past (no public entry-lists, oncourt coaching)

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if it is a combined event, ESPN will NOT show any women until the qtr. final round. don't like that at all. I like the La Costa Resort where the event is held, but if it must leave, then it must leave.
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The WTA, which is reconfiguring its calendar for 2010, stepped in and bought the Tier I designation and will likely sell it to Cincinnati, which is looking to host a combined men’s and women’s tournament the same week that the women’s Canadian Open is now played.
it doesnt mean this new tourney in Cincinnati is being played at the same time as the Rogers Cup does it?! I'll kill if this is tru

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The WTA, which is reconfiguring its calendar for 2010, stepped in and bought the Tier I designation and will likely sell it to Cincinnati, which is looking to host a combined men’s and women’s tournament the same week that the women’s Canadian Open is now played.
Great, just lovely !

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it doesnt mean this new tourney in Cincinnati is being played at the same time as the Rogers Cup does it?! I'll kill if this is tru
it wont be played at same time as Rogers Cup
Rogers Cup will be moved.
probably it will be played the same week as the mens which would mean no tourn in Montreal or Toronto each yr, instead it would be every 2 yrs that tennis returns to that city.

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at this point if cincinatti bougth the tier one status, the wta would have two tien one tournaments in the same week. i think la should be bumped up into a tier one.

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it wont be played at same time as Rogers Cup
Rogers Cup will be moved.
probably it will be played the same week as the mens which would mean no tourn in Montreal or Toronto each yr, instead it would be every 2 yrs that tennis returns to that city.
Strongly doubt that would happen, they'll just move the calendar around so there's a two week difference. That's smarter, because as of now, the final of the TMS Canada, is the same day as the first days of qualifying for the Rogers Cup, leaving some Canadian officials unable to attend the week for either.
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