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ASB Classic keeps revamped tennis tour spot

New Zealand's international women's tennis tournament has been included in the WTA Tour's revamped calendar to run from 2009.


Fears had been expressed for the future of the ASB Classic under the WTA's Roadmap 2010 reforms, which aim to revitalise the game with changes that include a shortened and streamlined schedule.

However, Classic director Richard Palmer today said the WTA had confirmed it wanted Auckland to remain on the circuit.

"We've been informed we are one of the tournaments they want on the calendar," he said.

"We just have to get our financial side together and it's all rock and roll, basically."

The new schedule will feature 20 Series A and 33 Series B tournaments, replacing the present four-tier structure.

The Classic would be a Series B event and would have to increase prizemoney from $US145,000 ($NZ200,000) to $US225,000.

There would also be a one-off $US450,000 franchise fee, which could be paid in a lump sum or spread over five years.

Palmer is confident the increased costs can be met.

He described the prizemoney issue as "quite manageable", while a working party was looking at options for meeting the franchise fee.

He also said the WTA had softened its stance on player access for Series B events.

The previous proposal ruled out top-10 players and put restrictions on the number of top-20 players allowed.

Now, each B event would be permitted one top-10 player, while there would be no limits from there down.

Another change in the Classic's favour was that a new lucrative Doha tournament to run in the same New Year week would have a main draw of 32, rather than 56.

Palmer said he never doubted the WTA wanted the Classic to continue as a build-up to the Australian Open.

"It was just a question of whether the rules and terms of reference under which we had to operate were going to be do-able, financially and in terms of the field we could assemble," he said.

"The financials can be done and player access is different from what it was going to be."

Palmer said next summer's Classic would run under much the same regulations as the last one.


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one topten player? how generous...

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Glad to hear Auckland staying- hoep they canb get the cash
HOw about this for the calender?

WTA
ATP
Week 1; Dec 29, 2008

Dubai/Auckland(Hopman Cup)

Dubai/Chennai/Delray Beach(Hopman)

Week 2; Jan 5, 2009

Doha /Brisbane

Doha /Brisbane

Week 3; Jan 12

Sydney /Hobart

Sydney/Auckland

Week 4; Jan 19


AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Week 5; Jan 26

Week 6; Feb 2

Bangalore

Davis Cup
Week 7; Feb 9

Kolkotta

Zagreb /Vina del Mar/San Jose

Week 8; Feb 16

Memphis/ Pattaya City

Rotterdam/ Costa do Sauipe/Memphis

Week 9; Feb 23

Quebec City/ Bangkok

Marseille/Buenos Aires /Delray Beach

Week 10; Mar 2

Fed Cup
Las Vegas

Week 11; Mar 9

INDIAN WELLS

Week 12; Mar 16

Week 13; Mar 23

MIAMI

Week 14; Mar 30

Week 15; Apr 6

Acapulco/Estoril

Estoril/Casablanca/Acapulco

Week 16; Apr 13

Amelia Island /Bogata

Monte-Carlo/ Valencia/Charleston (Houston)

Week 17; Apr 20

Charleston/Barcelona

Barcelona /Stuttgart

Week 18; Apr 27

Stuttgart/Budapest

Rome

Week 19; May 4

Rome/Prague

Munich/

Week 20; May 11

Madrid

Madrid

Week 21; May 18

Berlin/Strasbourg

Portschatch & WTC

Week 22; May 25


ROLAND GARROS
Week 23; Jun 1

Week 24; Jun 8

's-Hertogenbosch/Istanbul

's-Hertogenbosch/Gstaad/Newport

Week 25; Jun 15

Birmingham/Feys

Amersfoort /Queens /Bastad

Week 26; Jun 22

Eastbourne/ Kitzbuhel
Nottingham/Halle
Week 27; Jun 29

WIMBLEDON
Week 28; Jul 6

Week 29; Jul 13

Fed Cup
Davis Cup
Week 30; Jul 20

Palermo

Sopot/ Los Angeles/Bucharest

Week 31; Jul 27

Stanford /Stockholm

Indianapolis/Kitzbuhel/Umag

Week 32; Aug 3

Los Angeles /Portoroz

Canadian Open

Week 33; Aug 10

Canadian

Washington

Week 34; Aug 17

Cincinnati

Cincinnati

Week 35; Aug 24

New Haven/Forrest Hills

New Haven

Week 36; Aug 31


US OPEN
Week 37; Sept 7

Week 38; Sept 14

Fed Cup Final/Tashkent
Davis Cup
Week 39; Sept 21

Bali/Seoul

Mumbai/Basel/Bangkok

Week 40; Sept 28

Tokyo/ Guangzhou

Tokyo/ Stockholm/Vienna

Week 41; Oct 5

Beijing

Beijing

Week 42; Oct 12

Paris/Luxembourg

Shanghai /St Petersburg/Lyon

Week 43; Oct 19

Moscow/Linz

Moscow /Metz

Week 44; Oct 26

WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Paris

Week 45; Nov 2


MASTERS CUP
Week 46; Nov 9


Davis Cup Final
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That's good to hear ... ive always liked the Auckland event

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Glad to hear Auckland staying- hoep they canb get the cash
HOw about this for the calender?

WTA
ATP
Week 1; Dec 29, 2008
Dubai/Auckland(Hopman Cup)
Dubai/Chennai/Delray Beach(Hopman)
Week 2; Jan 5, 2009
Doha /Brisbane
Doha /Brisbane
Week 3; Jan 12
Sydney /Hobart
Sydney/Auckland
Week 4; Jan 19


AUSTRALIAN OPEN
Week 5; Jan 26
Week 6; Feb 2
Bangalore

Davis Cup
Week 7; Feb 9
Kolkotta
Zagreb /Vina del Mar/San Jose
Week 8; Feb 16
Memphis/ Pattaya City
Rotterdam/ Costa do Sauipe/Memphis
Week 9; Feb 23
Quebec City/ Bangkok
Marseille/Buenos Aires /Delray Beach
Week 10; Mar 2

Fed Cup
Las Vegas
Week 11; Mar 9
INDIAN WELLS
Week 12; Mar 16
Week 13; Mar 23
MIAMI
Week 14; Mar 30
Week 15; Apr 6
Acapulco/Estoril
Estoril/Casablanca/Acapulco
Week 16; Apr 13
Amelia Island /Bogata
Monte-Carlo/ Valencia/Charleston (Houston)
Week 17; Apr 20
Charleston/Barcelona
Barcelona /Stuttgart
Week 18; Apr 27
Stuttgart/Budapest
Rome
Week 19; May 4
Rome/Prague
Munich/
Week 20; May 11
Madrid
Madrid
Week 21; May 18
Berlin/Strasbourg
Portschatch & WTC
Week 22; May 25


ROLAND GARROS
Week 23; Jun 1
Week 24; Jun 8
's-Hertogenbosch/Istanbul
's-Hertogenbosch/Gstaad/Newport
Week 25; Jun 15
Birmingham/Feys
Amersfoort /Queens /Bastad
Week 26; Jun 22

Eastbourne/ Kitzbuhel
Nottingham/Halle
Week 27; Jun 29

WIMBLEDON
Week 28; Jul 6
Week 29; Jul 13

Fed Cup
Davis Cup
Week 30; Jul 20
Palermo
Sopot/ Los Angeles/Bucharest
Week 31; Jul 27
Stanford /Stockholm
Indianapolis/Kitzbuhel/Umag
Week 32; Aug 3
Los Angeles /Portoroz
Canadian Open
Week 33; Aug 10
Canadian
Washington
Week 34; Aug 17
Cincinnati
Cincinnati
Week 35; Aug 24
New Haven/Forrest Hills
New Haven
Week 36; Aug 31


US OPEN
Week 37; Sept 7
Week 38; Sept 14

Fed Cup Final/Tashkent
Davis Cup
Week 39; Sept 21
Bali/Seoul
Mumbai/Basel/Bangkok
Week 40; Sept 28
Tokyo/ Guangzhou
Tokyo/ Stockholm/Vienna
Week 41; Oct 5
Beijing
Beijing
Week 42; Oct 12
Paris/Luxembourg
Shanghai /St Petersburg/Lyon
Week 43; Oct 19
Moscow/Linz
Moscow /Metz
Week 44; Oct 26

WTA CHAMPIONSHIPS
Paris
Week 45; Nov 2

MASTERS CUP
Week 46; Nov 9

Davis Cup Final
To be completely honest, that is an outstanding schedule. It addresses real problems that have existed in both the WTA and ATP scheds for many years, such as the Australia Open started on the 3rd week of the year before the players have gotten back in from the winter recess and the short time between Roland Garros and Wimbledon. It also adds more combined events, something which is always popular.

Obviously, the powers that be would never consider such a sensible schedule however.

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one topten player? how generous...
Well weve only ever had 1 top 10 player here before (Nadia Petrova in 06) - this year we had 4 top 20 players there which is quite good for a Tier IV event.

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Well weve only ever had 1 top 10 player here before (Nadia Petrova in 06) - this year we had 4 top 20 players there which is quite good for a Tier IV event.

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This sounds like a nice schedule to me
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