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Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

what is wrong with this picture? 4 of the most powerful nations in the world, Australia, France, Great Britain, and the U.S. having 4 most important tournaments in tennis history, yet they can't even produce the kind of talent to go along with their household names? Seems like all the talents are comming from Russia. I mean, when was the last time someone from their own country winning their slam besides Serena winning the US Open in 02 and Roddick in 03. At the moment, none of the top 4 countries have any real talents that would take over when the williams sisters, Amelie Mauresmo, Mary Pierce, Leyton Hewitt, and Andy Roddick retires. Yea, traditions have been around forever, but things do change, why can't there be a 5th or 6th grand slam? It could be in well-deserved Russia for developing so many great up-comming talents.
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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

Short Answer: No.
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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

I see what you mean but the calendar needs to be streamlined and there are no more room for any addiditional grand slams. Russia has the Kremlin Cup which is a "main" tournament, but get your point that there are many Russian players that are acheiving great things on tour.

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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

I understand your point but my answer is no

they already have a strong tier I

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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

yeah, you can't change tennis history...
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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

I'd love Russia to have one, but there are only 4 GS, and it should stay that way. And Russia has a Tier I tourny already

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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

No. Slams are slams.
Besides, there is not a single tennis center/stadium in Russia that could host a 2-week event.
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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

Don't a lot of players hate going over to Russia? They get treated better at Tier II Stuttgart and the entry lists show that. Last year 13 of the 28 players were from Russia, Ukraine and Belarus, the year before over half the draw was Russians alone. The Tier I in Moscow is basically a huge Arena portioned off into 4, I'd be amazed if they could hold a 128-person draw just for the women, let alone with the men too and then ... at what comfort for the players?

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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

Hmmm, They could Host it in Yakutsk. That would be exotic

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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

There certainly is a case to be made for adding one or two more smaller tournaments on Russian soil but as right now the WTA is trying to cut back it's schedule rather than expand it, now is not a good time.

A new Grand Slam? It would be extremely difficult to establish - anywhere. I don't see it happening.

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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

Because a nation does not produce home soil winners, ( Hewitt won USO and Wimb, not OZ, Venus has been winning Wimbledon, Serena OZ, Mauresmo won OZ and WIM ) this does not mean a 5th slam should be created. The reasons the slams exist do not correlate with home soil success.
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Re: Should a Grand Slam be in Russia?

they deserve YES actually based on many wonderful players they have.
but i'm gonna say NO because grand slam would be only four,forever and ever!!!
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