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Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

Is there a specific reason ?
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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

Not sure. Probably to do with money. But this is the last Zurich tournament as its not on next years calender.

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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. If you don't know the reason, it has to do with $.

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its got to do with money indeed. they didnt have any options, but to downgrade the event to be able to host it for one more year. it was sort of like trying to buy themselves more time to find a way to keep the tournament alive for the next years as well, but they couldnt obviously. they said there were at least 8 different scenarios they could try to keep the tournament, but neither of them worked unfortunately. but maybe they'll try to get it back for 2010 who knows.

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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

They don't have hawk eye.
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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

they learned early on that maria sharapova would not be playing so they didn't need to offer as much prize money.

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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

They don't have money left to carry the tournament any longer.
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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

To spite Schnyder.

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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

No $$$$$$$
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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

And Zürich was just a beautiful tournament
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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

the whole of the european indoor autumn circuit has been decimated for next year. it has huge appeal to fans and television, but seems there's no money
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the whole of the european indoor autumn circuit has been decimated for next year. it has huge appeal to fans and television, but seems there's no money
Yes I always like to see the year end championships held indoors, I also went to the championships in Madrid last year and had a great time, I wish they kept it in Madrid a few more years, the atmosphere there was great and the ticket prices very reasonable, even for the final (I paid only 33 euros for a final ticket in a good spot in the stadium!!!). But it doesn't feel the same now it will be in Doha for the next two years.

I remember the ATP held the Masters cup outdoors in Texas in 2003 and 2004 because a Texan multimillionaire (billionaire?)financed it - it didn't work - it didn't feel right, the stadium was small plus in 2004 the weather was so bad that the final between Federer and Hewitt was reduced to 3 sets just to get it played.
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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

Because Venus likes Zurich, and she's going to win it, and the tour just can't have Venus winning a tier-1 or above tourny outside of Wimbledon...

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Re: Why has Zurich been dowgraded to Tier II ?

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Because Venus likes Zurich, and she's going to win it, and the tour just can't have Venus winning a tier-1 or above tourny outside of Wimbledon...
so what about all those years that venus didnt play zürich anymore when it was tier1 although she likes it and now its tier2 and she's back... makes sense that the wta did this for this reason, right?

after 99 she's only played there once in 04 and reached qf. thats it.

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