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Question Why is 56-draw Birmingham an International and 32-draw Eastbourne a Premier?

I think Birmingham is the only International tournament with a huge draw (56 instead of 32). Why don't they switch the draw for Birmingham and Eastbourne or maybe switch the tournaments' status? It just doesn't make sense to me.



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Then why don't they just reduce Birmingham's draw to 32 and increase Eastbourne's to 56?



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Re: Why is 56-draw Birmingham an International and 32-draw Eastbourne a Premier?

Birmingham is the only grass tournament this week. And one of the few, if not the only, international tournament that is the only event played in X week. And Eastbourne has another tournament in same week and plus is the week before Wimbledon

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Re: Why is 56-draw Birmingham an International and 32-draw Eastbourne a Premier?

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6 matches in 6 days right before Grand Slam? Hardly a great idea.
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Birmingham is the only grass tournament this week. And one of the few, if not the only, international tournament that is the only event played in X week. And Eastbourne has another tournament in same week and plus is the week before Wimbledon
Monterrey is the only event played the week before Indian Wells and it only has 32 draw. They should switch Birmingham's and Eastbourne's week then. So Birmingham is played at the same week as 's-Hertogenbosch and switch the draw for Eastbourne (56) and Birmingham (32).



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Eastbourne is a combined event now. Now way it will be moved on the same week as Queen's Club.
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Tradition.
It's not tradition - at Eastbourne I remember it being a 64 player draw in the late 70's/early 80's and you'd have five matches on all courts on the first Monday (inc the likes of Navratilova, Evert, etc playing on the first day) - many days play would be going on till after 8pm.

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They should've reduced Birmingham's draw to just 32 then It just doesn't make sense for Birmingham (international) to have a bigger draw than Eastbourne (Premier).



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They should've reduced Birmingham's draw to just 32 then It just doesn't make sense for Birmingham (international) to have a bigger draw than Eastbourne (Premier).
WTA wants to reduce Birmingham's draw to 32 and add another grass tourney that week. But they have failed to find another tournament so far.
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They should've reduced Birmingham's draw to just 32 then It just doesn't make sense for Birmingham (international) to have a bigger draw than Eastbourne (Premier).
Why?
Players need match practice on the surface.
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WTA wants to reduce Birmingham's draw to 32 and add another grass tourney that week. But they have failed to find another tournament so far.
Oh now that makes sense. They should add another tourney that week and reduce Birmingham's draw to 32. Hope they can find a tournament soon.

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Why?
Players need match practice on the surface.
But the points distribution in Birmingham is a bit sadistic in my opinion.



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Monterrey is the only event played the week before Indian Wells and it only has 32 draw. They should switch Birmingham's and Eastbourne's week then. So Birmingham is played at the same week as 's-Hertogenbosch and switch the draw for Eastbourne (56) and Birmingham (32).
But then in the week after Roland Garros it would be a premier event. And since roadmap it can't happen.

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Players need match practice on the surface.
Eastbourne used to have a plate event (not sure if they still do) - most of the first round losers would play in it to get more match practice.

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