Re: Anyone at Eastbourne ask about the future of the event?
Please do not forget that the WTA calendar will change starting in 2009. I think Madrid will be getting a regular tour event. There will be 4 mandatory tourneys besides the Slams and I think they are Indian Wells,Miami,Madrid, and Shanghai.
At the moment, the Williams Sisters said that they will still protest not playing at IW due to an ugly incident a few years ago when Venus withdrew before playing Serena in the semis. When Serena played (and won) the final, the crowd booed her consistently.