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How 'bout a grass court Tier I event?

Now that Eastbourne is gonna be a joint event, I started wondering, why the heck there's no grass-court Tier I event?

We've got so many big events played on hard-courts, why not go back to the roots and play more on grass?
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because it's the week before a GS
if there would be 3 weeks between RG and wimbledon, and eastbourne was put in the middle, I'd agree
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They should expand the grasscourt season IMO. It would make it easier for players to adjust to Wimbledon.. which they should then make faster. Too many hardcourt tournaments make the game monotonous(sp?) and reward a one-dimensional game for all surfaces.

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I agree. their should be some grass teir 1's. Even clay courts have 3 and not even one for grass. this should be changed.

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They should expand the grasscourt season IMO. It would make it easier for players to adjust to Wimbledon.. which they should then make faster. Too many hardcourt tournaments make the game monotonous(sp?) and reward a one-dimensional game for all surfaces.
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I agree. their should be some grass teir 1's. Even clay courts have 3 and not even one for grass. this should be changed.

"some grass Tier 1's"? So you want to have several of them??

And what does "even clay courts have 3" mean, please?
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Re: How 'bout a grass court Tier I event?

They need to cut some of the clay season and add some for the grass. No other sport in the world makes a transition that difficult.

You can't have a Tier 1 a week before a grand slam. They need 1 or 2 more weeks for grass.

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Grass is the least interesting surface, there are already too many grass tournaments.

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Grass is the least interesting surface, there are already too many grass tournaments.

If you find it interesting or not (I can definatley see why some people could find grass court tennis interesting), it is "outdated" IMO. A relict of the past basically.
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I've been saying this for years it would add symmetry to the season

even if they put the grass Tier I after Wimbledon, it just seems weird to have MULTIPLE Masters Events on every surface except grass

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They need to cut some of the clay season and add some for the grass. No other sport in the world makes a transition that difficult.

You can't have a Tier 1 a week before a grand slam. They need 1 or 2 more weeks for grass.
there are already few clay court tournies, compared to the hard court season.

Put Indian Wells with the Californian summer tournies and organise LA and Stanford during the same week and we have a spare week for a grass tennis tournament
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I am not so sure. I think the beauty of the French Open and Wimbledon is the short turn around time the players have. The players really don't have much time to transition between clay and grass.Also, the weather in England is so unpredictable a longer grass court season could be disaster. i mean look at Wimbledon every single year it rains a lot. I think the system is just fine. I do think the clay court season could be a bit longer.
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Grass is the least interesting surface, there are already too many grass tournaments.
For WTA, it's not, Wimbledon has been the best Slam for the past 3/4 years.

ATP, it's awful though

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For WTA, it's not, Wimbledon has been the best Slam for the past 3/4 years.

ATP, it's awful though
Ever since they slowed it down, it's been awful. Some of the greatest matches of all time have been on grass.

I'm still waiting for the day that grass becomes slower than clay.. it's disgusting how much the surface has changed. Serve-fests are not good for the sport, granted.. but neither are slugfests or grinding claycourters on grass.

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Re: How 'bout a grass court Tier I event?

Having fewer tournaments and less large ones keeps Wimbledon and the grass season feeling more prestigious. If more tournaments were added, grass would start to lose it's exclusive-feel. I do think bumping up the status of Eastbourne is a good idea, though.

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