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MADRID, Nov 12 (Reuters) - The WTA season-ending Championships will return to Madrid in 2007, WTA chief executive officer Larry Scott announced on Sunday.

"It's been a fantastic week that has exceeded all expectations, especially in terms of the response from the public, with estimates of a 60,000 attendance over the week," Scott told a news conference.

"The general view is that this has been the best Championships ever.

Madrid staged its first Championships this year, only the second time in the 34-year history of the event that it has been held outside the United States. The Spanish capital also hosts a men's Masters Series tennis event in October.

Scott said that the 2007 women's calendar, which would include record-breaking prize money of over $62 million and a 62-event schedule, would feature a new tournament in Barcelona to be held in the week of June 11.

The tour will again feature two events in China and two in India, two of the biggest growth markets for women's tennis.

Scott also said that the WTA planned to make radical revisions to the tournament schedule for the 2009 season.


"We will be carrying out a dramatic remake of the tennis calendar which will end by October in 2009," he said.

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60,000 attendance doesn't sound like a big deal.
The NYC and LA stadiums have about 20,000 seats each
That's why they looked empty.

They are losing the US audience totally by going to Versus.

I would love to see US tv ratings for it.

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I hope Serena gets there next year because I might be able to go
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I hope Serena gets there next year because I might be able to go
i know she will be there next year
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thanks for the article and whirlpool signed a new three year contact. That is really positive but unfortunately 2007 will be Kim's last season and I hope that she wins another Slam or she will "only" be remembered as a 1 Slam wonder which is not true.

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This is dissapointing news to me. Tennis in America and tennis coverage in America is on the verge of oblivion. The WTA Chanpionships never should have left New York City and Madison Square Garden. The weekends were always packed and the atmoshphere was electric.

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I would like the TMC in Madrid, on clay
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A great decision by the tour, its been a fantastic success in Madrid and im really glad it's staying in Madrid. I think the girls really helped the tournament this week though, they put on a great show.


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I would like the TMC in Madrid, on clay
and helping Justine win each time?

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ok...maybe next year
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I'm glad to hear that. But I hope this time without models as ballboys

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good to hear maria trying to say gracias again and catch thieves

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and helping Justine win each time?
No , no . ATP Tennis Masters Cup

That means Nadal Parera winning each time .
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Did the YEC get a lot of media coverage in Spain?

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Did the YEC get a lot of media coverage in Spain?
Yes

good news, it's been a fantastic week, very funny, and a crowd bigger than expected!!!
good news for Madrid ambitions for a mixed event
the WTA has left Madrid with an excellent opinion of this tournament, and players were really happy with the support!

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The NYC and LA stadiums have about 20,000 seats each
That's why they looked empty.
MSG established amazing crowd numbers. After four years the Staples Center was dead for the RR matches and nowhere near full even for the semi-finals. It was empty because the tournament sucked, not because there were too many seats.

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