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.
2 Friday night
2 Saturday afternoon
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.