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Angry Tournament in Vienna devaluates grass-court-'season' even more

IMO there should be grass-court-events only in the 2 weeks before Wimbledon, like it is for the ATP: 2 tournaments in week 1 and 2 tournaments in week 2.
OK, the tournament in Tashkent is not really a problem. Only very few top-100-players travel thousands of kilometres to play a hard-court-tournament in exhausting heat. So it's not really an alternative for playing a grass-court-tournament.
But now we have a tier III on clay, and this attracts quite a lot top-players and that is a bad thing. It increases the tendency to ignore grass completely, playing Vienna and then going to Wimbledon just to cash in the first-round-money.
And the quality in Wimbledon could also suffer because the players don't have proper preparation.

But if we had another tier II or III on grass in week 1, then playing not at all for 2 weeks would definitely hurt some players, so they would decide to play on grass.

ATP is doing a much better job here.
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I agree....but if it was up to me...we would have about 6 or 7 weeks of grass court tennis


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Great post GoDominique.

The thing is that not much people like to play on grass and focus on Wimbledon. It's a natural thing that it gets devaluated. Also, in women's tennis, we know who will dominate on grass or not (Willies, Davenport). They don't need that much warm-up in grass events so I'm not against the tourney in Vienna, another opportunity for players to play in a medium tournament and gain some points/money.

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Agreed, but where should it be played???
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In Vienna. Organisers there should just stop maintaining the courts and the green will come.
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Seriously: I don't know. Probably not in Southern Europe, as it would be too dry. Maybe in Belgium ?
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Vienna really does not act as an alternative to the grass events I don't think anyway. A lot of the players that are in Vienna I do not think would have played a warm up even on grass anyway. Take Conchita for example she played eastbourne last year but apart from that rarely played a grass tourney apart from Wimbledon. Though I do think it did benefit her playing a warm up on grass seeing as she had her best result since 1995 last year!!!!!!

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I think the grasscourt season should at least be taken seriously! It's not like they're ever gonna remove Wimbledon from the schedule, so give the players time for a decent preparation - it will also lift the number of player who can do well on grass and therefore make it more attractive.

A clay tournament in the grass season doesn't help for that

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Seriously: I don't know. Probably not in Southern Europe, as it would be too dry. Maybe in Belgium ?
a grass court tournament in Belgium would also help the players getting used to rain delays
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a grass court tournament in Belgium would also help the players getting used to rain delays
lol, in England it rains more, and the Netherlands got one too, so there shouldn't be a problem
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I don't think there's one place in Belgium where there are enough grass court to host an event. It's all clay (and hardcourts) here.
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