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Zurich Open Fails to Reach Attendance Goal

Zurich Open fails to reach attendance goal despite participation of Hingis

http://www.metronews.ca/storyCP.aspx?pg=./k102210A.xml

ZURICH, Switzerland (AP) - The Zurich Open failed to reach its goal of 40,000 spectators, despite the return of Martina Hingis to professional tennis.
Organizers said Sunday that they sold 35,638 tickets through the week.
"I don't think Martina had a big effect on attendance," tournament director Beat Ritschard said. "The 'Hingis effect' didn't prove itself."
Hingis, who made her comeback this season after about three years of retirement, made her first appearance in six years at the Swiss tournament.
The former top-ranked Swiss player reached the quarter-finals, where she was eliminated by third-seeded Svetlana Kuznetsova of Russia.
"Financially, it wasn't a catastrophic scenario. We almost broke even," Ritschard said.

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im disagree with the director i think without martina the attedance had been small in my opinion
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A Hingis/Sharapova final may have been the only way they sellout a match.

But hes right in a way. It is surprising Martinas return wasnt better recieved tickets wise. Maybe the tickets were too expensive?
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A Hingis/Sharapova final may have been the only way they sellout a match.

But hes right in a way. It is surprising Martinas return wasnt better recieved tickets wise. Maybe the tickets were too expensive?
As i already wrote in another thread, the tickets seems quite expensive to me but as i don't know too much about other wta events I am not sure. Prices are the following (making a conversion in $ with $1 = 1.25 Sfr):

category I seat (basically the best "normal" seats, already quite far away from the court) cost $71 during the first days and $103 form thursday ro sunday.

category II seats (so so seats) are $47 for the first days and $71 after.

category III seats (really far away) are $31 and $39.

If you want to have good seats at any end of the court (these are the only seats i consider good for a live tennis experience, but it may be me only ) you have to take a so called VIP seat, that will cost $115 and then $175... no wonder these were empty for most of the tournament and it is not even people enjoying tennis that can generally aford those...
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Filderstadt is very expensive too, I guess most indoor events are.
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As i already wrote in another thread, the tickets seems quite expensive to me but as i don't know too much about other wta events I am not sure. Prices are the following (making a conversion in $ with $1 = 1.25 Sfr):

category I seat (basically the best "normal" seats, already quite far away from the court) cost $71 during the first days and $103 form thursday ro sunday.

category II seats (so so seats) are $47 for the first days and $71 after.

category III seats (really far away) are $31 and $39.

If you want to have good seats at any end of the court (these are the only seats i consider good for a live tennis experience, but it may be me only ) you have to take a so called VIP seat, that will cost $115 and then $175... no wonder these were empty for most of the tournament and it is not even people enjoying tennis that can generally aford those...
sure the tickets are quite expensive there..

I noticed that as well, they weren't THAT many people all the week, even today..

but personally I hadn't any problem with tickets, because I didn't buy any during the whole week. (Oh yes in fact I did, last week on Sunday.)
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sure the tickets are quite expensive there..

I noticed that as well, they weren't THAT many people all the week, even today..

but personally I hadn't any problem with tickets, because I didn't buy any during the whole week. (Oh yes in fact I did, last week on Sunday.)
Damn you have to give me your secret Lefan!
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Wow

What was attendance like last year?

Ivanovic * Kvitova * Serena
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Mais si t'as une facon de les avoir, ca m'interesse pour l'annee prochaine (j'ai pas rate un tournoi de puis 5 ans la bas)
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Mais si t'as une facon de les avoir, ca m'interesse pour l'annee prochaine (j'ai pas rate un tournoi de puis 5 ans la bas)
I was given this one by a player that I know pretty well..

Her coach told me he was gonna give me one next year as well.
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i'm not really that surprised actually. they would have sold more tickets if players like justine, the williams sisters & even ivanovic didn't withdraw let me tell u.
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I was given this one by a player that I know pretty well..

Her coach told me he was gonna give me one next year as well.
That's cool, but if it is not from Patty you shouldn't be allowed to accept it!!!
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That's cool, but if it is not from Patty you shouldn't be allowed to accept it!!!
That's not from Patty but another player that I really like and know.

sorry to be close to some players.
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That's not from Patty but another player that I really like and know.

sorry to be close to some players.
Don't be sorry and enjoy!
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Don't be sorry and enjoy!
that's what I did and will do
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