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post #1 of 62 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 2002, 05:44 AM Thread Starter
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How to increase attendance, boost championship

We will see by the end of this tournament whether attendance is closer to the old New York number (96,000) or last year's Munich numbers (36,000) but even if it is "good" it is still so disappointing to see so many empty seats during the first few days, especially in the day sessions. Aside from better publicity, etc, here's what the WTA should do:

Start the tournament Monday night!

THere are eight first round matches.
Play 2 Monday night
2 Tuesday night
2 Wednesday night
2 Thursday night.

4 Quarterfinals:
2 Friday night
2 Saturday afternoon

2 Semifinals
2 Sunday

1 Final
Monday night

Thus there are no day sessions, and the night sessions will be much better-attended. The only objection I can foresee is that some players will have played late into the week before -- however, those players will not have to play Monday. At the earliest, they'd have to play Tuesday, and hopefully it could be arranged that they wouldn't.

Wherever the tournament is held, I think this is what they should do.
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post #2 of 62 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 2002, 05:49 AM
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YEAH IT LOOKED PRETTY SAD SEEN SO MANY EMPTY SEATS. COME ONE A WHOLE ARENA FOR THAT MANY PEOPLE? THEY SHOULD OF HAVE A USED A HIGH SCHOOL TENNIS COURT.
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just move the tourni to Belgium
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to boost the championships ? Play them in France (did you see the attendance in Paris-Bercy Masters series ?)
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post #5 of 62 (permalink) Old Nov 7th, 2002, 06:50 AM
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Move the tournament ....

I was watching it on TV and it looked pathetic; I could somehow understand no people showed up for Elena/Justine but no crowd for home players (NAME home players) Monica & Lindsay is just sad ...
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In Melbourne we have:
a. The perfect venue
b. The tennis fans to fill it
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In Melbourne we have:
a. The perfect venue
b. The tennis fans to fill it
And impossible hours for the rest of the world
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LOWER THE PRICES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND BRING ANNA EVEN IF SHE DOESN'T PLAY JUST HAVE HER STANDING AT THE ENTRANCE.
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And impossible hours for the rest of the world
NO, you have impossible hours for us
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LOWER THE PRICES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND BRING ANNA EVEN IF SHE DOESN'T PLAY JUST HAVE HER STANDING AT THE ENTRANCE.
Get Anna to do basically what Martina is doing? That could work
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LOWER THE PRICES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!AND BRING ANNA EVEN IF SHE DOESN'T PLAY JUST HAVE HER STANDING AT THE ENTRANCE.
Very true for the price. For the second point I'd prefer Charlize Theron wearing swimsuit as chair umpire LMAO.
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Very true for the price. For the second point I'd prefer Charlize Theron wearing swimsuit as chair umpire LMAO.
LMAO!
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um doubles???

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It's mainly the prize I think, if it was held in Belgium at the same prizes I wouldn't think of showing up. For these kind of events tennis is still an elitist sport.

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The prices in Antwerp weren't exactly low either. I wish they'd only sell tickets for the entire day.

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