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WTA's Roadap Takes Another Turn

By Richard Pagliaro
01/08/2007

The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour's Roadmap 2010 tournament selection process has begun and now the 57 tournaments bidding for the 48 available slots on the WTA Tour's 2009 schedule will wait until March to learn if they have retained the right to remain roadside attractions or end up as road kill on the Tour's new route.


In addition to the 57 tournaments applying for 48 spots on the calendar, a total of 25 tournaments completed applications for the most prestigious 14 events envisioned under the Roadmap plan.
"We are thrilled with the global tournament interest in being a part of the enhanced calendar called for under our Roadmap 2010 plans," said Larry Scott, CEO of the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour, in a statement release today.
A search team, led by Tour President Stacey Allaster, "will meet with tournament applicants and review applications over the coming months, with the Board expected to make a final decision in March 2007 as to which tournaments will compose each level of the enhanced calendar structure to be launched in 2009," the Tour announced.
The WTA has devised its Roadmap to reduce its calendar, streamline the schedule, encourage rivalries among top players and create a shorter season that concludes in October by the year 2009, but some tournament directors and tennis associations executives, while not expressing road rage, are not exactly enthusiastic about the restructured route the Tour may take.
It has been rumored that some of the current U.S. Open Series events leading up to the U.S. Open are in jeopardy of failing to make the cut in the main draw that is the 2009 WTA Tour schedule. The Bank of the West Classic at Stanford, Acura Classic in San Diego, JPMorgan Chase Open in Carson, CA, the Rogers Cup, which alternates between Toronto and Montreal and the Pilot Pen in New Haven, Conn., comprised the 2006 U.S. Open Series women's events.
USTA President Jane Brown Grimes told Tennis Week today the USTA has expressed its concerns to the WTA and will continue talks with the Tour in an effort to work out an equitable solution.
"I would consider it a success if we can work things out with the WTA," Brown Grimes told Tennis Week. "I think women's professional tennis in the U.S. has a long and glorious history. We've been supporting it for 36 to 37 years and we're going to continue to support it and we're in discussion with the WTA because we have major concerns over some of the elements of their Roadmap, which we feel would be contrary to some of the best interests of professional tennis in the United States."
Discussions between the WTA Tour and the USTA are ongoing, but based on its public posture it is clear the USTA is committed to preserving its present U.S. Open Series events even if it means continuing any tournaments that are excluded from the WTA's 2009 calendar.
"Our feeling is that they [the WTA] haven't come along as far as we need them to for these tournaments to not only survive, but thrive and we're committed to that," Brown Grimes told Tennis Week. "We're continuing to talk to them and it is my fervent hope that we will find a way through and that we can work together. But we are also going down parallel tracks and whatever it takes we will make sure that the tournaments that we have in this country are protected and grow."
The 2007 Tour schedule is comprised of 62 tournaments in 35 countries, and includes the Sony Ericsson Championships, 10 Tier I tournaments, 15 Tier II tournaments, 17 Tier III tournaments and 15 Tier IV tournaments, in addition to the four Grand Slam events. In 2007, 13 tournaments, including the U.S. Open, will be staged on North American soil.
The challenge the WTA faces is a numbers game: how does it expand the global reach of tennis into Asia and other areas without alienating or eliminating traditional tour stops in North America and Europe?
Asked if she believes it is inevitable the WTA Tour will opt to cut one or more U.S. Open Series tournaments from its 2009 schedule, Brown Grimes replied "I don't know. We feel we have to have an assured player field. Obviously the player commitment area is where the discussions go on and hopefully we can come to an accommodation. We will make sure that these tournaments are protected and do grow. A tremendous number [of North American women's events have already left] and we're not going to let anymore go and we're going to do whatever it takes to hold on to them and support them. I do believe that we can find an accommodation with the WTA. That certainly would be my hope. Everything is on the table."

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In addition to the 57 tournaments applying for 48 spots on the calendar, a total of 25 tournaments completed applications for the most prestigious 14 events envisioned under the Roadmap plan.

So the WTA has a lot of options

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In addition to the 57 tournaments applying for 48 spots on the calendar, a total of 25 tournaments completed applications for the most prestigious 14 events envisioned under the Roadmap plan.

So the WTA has a lot of options
.....and there are 62 on the 2007 schedule, so that means 5 have not applied. 1 is presumably San Diego, but I wonder which other 4 are preparing to bow out...

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48 tournaments are really few

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It sounds like the WTA is leaving money on the table.
Any tournament that will pay the women like a men's TMS event should be on the WTA calendar.

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So the WTA thinks moving from 62 to 48 tournaments is progress for women's tennis? The lunatics really have taken over the asylum.
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It seems crazy. They should have A's and B's the same week, except for the 2 week mega-events.

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The thing that worries me the most about the new roadmap is this: "Streamlined top level of tournaments with the top players competing against each other more often"

Does that mean the top seeds will get byes further in to the tournements?
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I think it means that like Miami, the A tournaments are mandatory

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So the WTA thinks moving from 62 to 48 tournaments is progress for women's tennis? The lunatics really have taken over the asylum.
Word! Larry Scott, and the rest of the insane morons who run the WTA, should be taken out to pasture and SHOT!

Is that something to brag about, to have LESS tournaments? Man, I'd laugh my fucking ass off if the top players STILL pull out of top tournaments in 2009, regardless of fines or penalties. All this bullshit about hacking up the calendar will have been for what? Top players will make money regardless (slams and endorsements); it's the rank and file of the WTA who'll be left with the consequences of this "roadmap" (less oportunities to earn an income).

Fuck Larry Scott, that sack of dog shit.
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You have to see what the total prizemoney is. If it doubles from now to 2010, then it's not bad.
If these A's are like TMS, which is double a normal women's Tier I.
And if the 4, 2-week events pay more than Miami does now.
And if all the B's pay better than current Tier III's, then at least there's more money for the rank and file.
But they should have B's all year long.

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So the WTA thinks moving from 62 to 48 tournaments is progress for women's tennis? The lunatics really have taken over the asylum.
yep, it's totally dumb!

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You have to see what the total prizemoney is. If it doubles from now to 2010, then it's not bad.
If these A's are like TMS, which is double a normal women's Tier I.
And if the 4, 2-week events pay more than Miami does now.
And if all the B's pay better than current Tier III's, then at least there's more money for the rank and file.
But they should have B's all year long.
It's always bad when they cut tourneys (for the lower players it's bad) whether they up the total prizemoney or not!

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