Join Date: Jul 2001
Location: Ontario, Canada
Re: Charleston - the only green clay WTA event left - is it time for a surface change
Amelia Island was such a beautiful and unique event, it always drew a great crowd in attendance, and it also drew a lot of top names through the years. It was a crying shame that the road map all but destroyed its future, as it has so many tournaments that had years of tradition behind them.
We've also lost tournaments in Sarasota/Ponte Vedra Beach, and the old Houston event which was also on green clay. Again, I think money was ultimately what caused their demise because it certainly wasn't because of attendance. It's sad to think that a tournament like Amelia Island which was always PACKED gets squeezed out, while tournaments in the Middle East are near empty but can afford to keep going regardless.
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