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Combined WTA/ATP Championships? (Talks have taken place)

Do you favor the WTA combining its yec with the ATP yec?



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WTA, ATP discuss combined championship
Ticker - Tuesday, October 25, 2011

WTA CEO Stacey Allaster tells the Herald of Scotland that talks have been held with the ATP about combining their year-end championships. The WTA Championships in Istanbul are contracted through 2014, while the ATP World Tour Finals in London are contracted through 2012.

The biggest problem appears to be that the two tours' seasons end at substantially different times. The WTA Championships are being held this week, while the men’s won’t start until the week of November 20. However, the men’s season will be shortened by two weeks in 2012, but that will still put them two weeks apart. Another potential problem is that the ATP is currently led by a lame duck CEO, Adam Helfant, and it is unclear what the new CEO will think of the idea.

"Combined events are very successful for our sport," Allaster said. "There’s no doubt that fans enjoy seeing men and women compete on the same stage. We’ve talked about combing the two year-end championships. There’s no easy solution, but wherever it makes sense to co-operate, we’re looking for those opportunities… The guys are focused on their calendar. We were able to make the changes to ours. If we could have them aligned, absolutely it’s something that we would be open to exploring."
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Nope. Absolutely awful idea - the YECs should be the pinnacle of the WTA calendar, not something they can just shunt alongside the ATP's scheduling. Also, the fact that the two championships are almost one month apart would make it even more ridiculous to schedule.
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The worst idea ever
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no. just no. please no. god no.

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Oh God, they're actually considering it?
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Please no, why would they even do that? The WTA event at Istanbul seems to be a big success, there's no need to pair up with the ATP.
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I take me words back, the dwarf aka Stacey Allaster needs fired now
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Compare attendances and profile of the Mens' Championships with the Womens'. The womens' flopped in Germany, LA, and last time played in NYC. The Mens' is a huge smash hit in London. The womens' Tour is at a terrible low despite all the sponshorship. I love the Womens' Tour, but most of the public do not even know who the Number 1 is! I think this can only raise the Womens' Tour's profile at a time it needs it most.

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No - I think they should reamin seperate. The WTA would just become a sideshow to the ATP, the way it is at all other combined events
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And if they don't consider it, it's called narrow minded and blinkered to new ideas! You don't have to do it but every consideration to raise the profile of the Tour should be welcomed.

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No - I think they should reamin seperate. The WTA would just become a sideshow to the ATP, the way it is at all other combined events
So you are actually confirming the views of those of those who believe equal pay is a load of PC bullsh&t!

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And if they don't consider it, it's called narrow minded and blinkered to new ideas! You don't have to do it but every consideration to raise the profile of the Tour should be welcomed.
No it shouldn't, becoming more of a sideshow to the ATP isn't the way for the tour to raise its profile. It needs to be strong and independent and the WTA has shown often enough that it can draw good crowds on its own.

I for one would welcome less combined events in general, it's more than enough that the WTA is treated second-class at the slams (especially Wimbledon).
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Awful, horrible, worst idea ever.



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It's bad enough the women are a sideshow at all the combined USO series/American HC events.

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So you are actually confirming the views of those of those who believe equal pay is a load of PC bullsh&t!
In what way am I confirming that view?

The question wasn't about equal pay, it was about whether or not both events should be combined, and that is what I answered
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Only if the women join the men in London
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