Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Ontario, Canada
Re: Support wears thin for WTA in Canada
The WTA is simply not marketing their players enough, this has long been a problem and it's only getting worse. They've relied too much on the same players for the past near 10 years and haven't done enough to bring attention to newer players. So when the players they rely on don't turn up, the tournaments are left scrambling to try and suddenly bring the leftovers to the forefront and it's too little too late really. For real tennis fans, we know the likes of Jankovic, Ivanovic, and many more, but to the average viewer, they may have heard of the name, but they aren't familiarized with them enough to often be bothered with paying to see them.
I do think the elimination of San Diego will be a help to Toronto, but another summer Olympics is coming up next time, and with the event squeezed in between that and the US Open, it's still going to be tough to avoid the withdrawals. Players just don't want to risk further injury if they have any kind of ailments so close to the US Open.
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