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Understanding tennis, experts come take a look

Hey everyone

as some of you already know, I'm new to tennis, therefore I have some questions to answer from the pros:

1. The highest/most prestigious tennis tournaments are the 4 grand slam, USO, AO, Roland Gaarros, and Wimbledon. COrrect?

2. In womens tennis, there is an association called WTA and the highest is called....what? I know after the highest its tier 1 - 4 , 4 being the lowest.

3. In mens tennis, what is the one equivalent to womens highest one? (before tier 1?).

Well.. basically if anyone wants to teach me more about the rankings, competitions, they are very welcome...

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Re: Understanding tennis, experts come take a look

1. yes
2. not sure what you're saying, the highest tournament after a tier 1 is probably the year end championships, then the grand slams...
3. the equivalent to a women's tier 1 on the men's side is the atp masters series. it's like 9 tournaments (indian wells, miami, monte carlo, rome, hamburg, cincinatti(sp?), montreal(?), paris, madrid) that are the biggest deal after the year end championships and the slams.

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Re: Understanding tennis, experts come take a look

1. Yes
2 and 3. Above the Tier I's are the Grand Slams and a special tournament called the Year-End Championships. The best 8 performers of the year participate in it. However, among Tier I's there are two Super Tier I's, Indian Wells and Miami. These two tournaments last two weeks and offer more prize money.
In men's tennis, they have the Grand Slams and then the ATP Masters Series, a series of tournaments which are basically equivalent to Tier I's. After that there is the International Series Gold, and then the lowest International Series.
In both women's and men's tennis, there are lower-tier tournaments below Tier IV in women's and International Series in men, and these are organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). There are 10K, 25K, 50K, 75K, and 100K events, with 100K events offering the most prize money and ranking points. In men's there is usually a differentiation between ITF events as Challengers and Futures; (experts correct me if I'm wrong) 10K and 25K are Futures events while the other three are Challenger events.

I'm actually sure you can find more info on the ITF homepage: http://www.itftennis.com or Wikipedia.

Hope I answered your questions.

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THanks all

ANything else you guys think I should know as a noob in Tennis?

EDIT: that end-year championship, what exxactly is that and is it for both males and females? WHere can i find more info on it?
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Re: Understanding tennis, experts come take a look

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THanks all

ANything else you guys think I should know as a noob in Tennis?

EDIT: that end-year championship, what exxactly is that and is it for both males and females? WHere can i find more info on it?
That Venus Williams is going to win Wimbledon 2008.

Both tours have year end championships, however they are organised separatly with the mens' one being called the 'Tennis Masters' Cup'.

WTA Year Ending champs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTA_Tour_Championships

Tennis Masters Cup:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tennis_Masters_Cup


WTA Tour:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WTA_Tour


ATP Tour:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Associa..._Professionals
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