Top Women at Pacific Life Open?
I know that this has been talked about in length before, but I wanted to ask some of you if you thought that Venus and Serena's refusal to play at the Indian Wells tournament has hurt the buzz on the women's side of the draw. To me it feels like Indian Wells has served as a more of a warm-up for the Miami tournament. I remember the Pacific Life Open was emerging as the 6th Grand Slam, but now it doesn't feel like that. It feels more like any other tier 1 tournament (which is not a bad thing). I am by no means trying to diminish another players performance there, but it just seems people are less interested when it comes to the women at Indian Wells, but probably once Miami comes around the buzz and build up will be back for the women. Maybe the WTA is more at fault for this, with years of top women withdrawing and leaving such a limited number of gold exempt players there. I don't think Venus and Serena will ever return to Indian Wells, so I hope the WTA is more proactive in doing more to get top women wanting to play this tournament on a more consistent basis.
What do you guys think?
"There's a different sense of pride that overcomes us when it comes to watching those girls play," he preached. "Yeah, we support 'em because they us, but our love is unconditional with them because they came up with nothin'. We understand that more than any other race in this country. Their careers are a microcosm of our existence in America, a reminder. That's why every time they touch that court it's a big deal with us. They are America's reminder of our struggle and our reminder of our triumph."
-Scoop Jackson's (of ESPN) uncle Steve on Venus and Serena