Arantxa Sanchez Vicario wants Venus to play Barcelona
Venus under negotiation period
Should dealings with the organizing board crop up, American Venus Williams might be back in for the WTA tournament in Barcelona, to be held June 11.06-03 | 14:08 hs. - Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario, director of the trophy, was at the tournament’s opening day, accompanied by the Spanish Real Federation of Tennis (RFET) Pedro Muñoz, and several former tennis players that were present at the meeting held at the Generalitat General Secretary of Sports, such as Sergi Bruguera, Carles Costa, and current Spanish captain Emilio Sanchez-Vicario.
Colombian Catalina Castaño, Spaniard Lourdes Dominguez, French Emilie Loit, Italian Romina Oprandi, and American Meghann Shaughnessy will appear at the WTA Barcelona, to be held there for the first time in 12 years.
Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario is working on current first seed Spaniard Anabel Medina’s inclusion, as well as hip figure Venus Williams.
Despite the rules forbidding top ten seeds to take part in a tournament of such characteristics, Arantxa unveiled her objectives: she wants to rally the competition from a current Tier IV to a Tier III, and to a Tier II in 2009.
Moreover, this year’s budget amounts to 500 thousand dollars, 145 devoted to awards. It is expected to increase up to 700 in 2008, to be ballooned to 1 million in 2009.
This is deemed possible due to an extension to the contract sponsored by Kia firm, which was announced at the presentation.
Arantxa Sánchez-Vicario pointed out that for the WTA to approve of this tournament, the audience must show a good response to it and the La Teixonera Stadium must be full to its capacity (3.450 sits). The fee, thus, will cost 5 euros.
Pedro Muñoz praised the RFET’s job for women tennis and promised that by 2009 Spain will count on 8 to 9 top 100 players.