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WTA's Wacky Scheduling: Doha to become Tier I next year!

How's this for silly scheduling for the WTA: Doha is going to become a Tier I event in 2008. That would make three Tier I events in a row: Doha, Indian Wells, and Miami. This all but assures that players like Henin won't play at IW anymore. I think more and more people will play the "Gulf Double": Dubai and Doha, instead of IW.

However, this may mean that they either intend to move Doha or Indian Wells in the future. The organizers at Doha talked about combining the men's and women's event in the future. I don't know if they plan on moving the men's event that is before the Aussie Open, or moving the women's event to before the Aussie Open. Either way, it's a very weird move by the WTA.

Here's a link to a story that talks about it:

A week after celebrating the announcement of equal prize-money for this year’s Wimbledon Championships, the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour are benefactors of a huge financial boost when prize money at next year’s Doha event will be doubled to $2.7m. Only the game’s four Grand Slams, the WTA Tour Championships in Madrid and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami are more lucrative in terms of financial magnitude, and Doha will overtake long-standing tournaments such as Indian Wells, Rome, Moscow and Zurich in the money list.

“Tennis is important to this country and right now is the perfect time to stage an event,” said Sheikh Mohammed Bin Faleh Al-Thani, the president of the Qatar Tennis Federation who entertained the WTA’s chief executive, Larry Scott, last weekend and was assured Tier One status would be afforded to his event.

http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/spo...cle1466781.ece

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This probably means WTA Doha will be moved to January to be played simultaneously with ATP Doha, thus replacing Sydney as the big pre-AO warmup event.

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They are going to have to move it at some point, if they are making IW Mandatory in 2009

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I think more and more people will play the "Gulf Double": Dubai and Doha, instead of IW.
Great! I hope Venus & Serena play these tournies next year. Was it Dubai that Venus played once and even though she lost she was at final sitting with the Execs dressed in their local garb?

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Doha will overtake long-standing tournaments such as Indian Wells, Rome, Moscow and Zurich in the money list.
I think Doha wants to down grade IW and is certainly doing everything to kick their butts and the top players seem to be going along with it.

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quite a shocker

I never thought Dubai being a major sponsor of the WTA would allow them to award Doha Tier I status...
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why doha instead of dubai?

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Doha doesn't deserve to be a TierI

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why doha instead of dubai?
I would have thought Dubai would be made a Tier 1 over Doha also.

Especially as Dubai Duty Free is one of the tour's sponsors.

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the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour are benefactors of a huge financial boost when prize money at next year’s Doha event will be doubled to $2.7m. Only the game’s four Grand Slams, the WTA Tour Championships in Madrid and the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami are more lucrative in terms of financial magnitude, and Doha will overtake long-standing tournaments such as Indian Wells, Rome, Moscow and Zurich in the money list.

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those arab countries are really filthy rich...

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well doha have mega bucks (e.g. thanks to oil) which is why they can afford to do this

but they will definitely need to move this tournament to january as an australian open warm up, which would make alot of sense as the surface is rebound ace (they can't possibly have three tier 1's in a row )

but what happens to dubai? if they put doha in january will players really want to fly out to the middle east again in february to play dubai?


it will be interesting to see what the wta will do....
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well doha have mega bucks (e.g. thanks to oil) which is why they can afford to do this

but they will definitely need to move this tournament to january as an australian open warm up, which would make alot of sense as the surface is rebound ace (they can't possibly have three tier 1's in a row )

but what happens to dubai? if they put doha in january will players really want to fly out to the middle east again in february to play dubai?


it will be interesting to see what the wta will do....
probably nothing

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Good this is a great move imho.

I say downgrade IW. Doha and Dubai have a great atmosphere and they are willing to put monies into the tourney and players!

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I never see any fans in Doha
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