"Jorge Lacerda is very close to take another big hit. With cash and credibility with sponsors, the Brazilian Confederation has priority in the purchase of a WTA-level tournament, which belongs to a French promoter"
I vaguely remember the announcement of an upgrade of 100K+ BCR Ladies Open Romania in Bucharest (to a Premier event), the creation of a warm up tournament for Wimbledon on Grass near Cairo and the introduction of a second WTA tournament in Germany. The only thing I know for sure that 220K Marbella was cancelled and Family Circle Cup remains the only WTA tournament in first week of April 2012.
However: As it is always refreshing to see diversification especially during these difficult economic times, good luck to the organizers!
Brazil is really investing in tennis, they are trying to buy/rent a date to start a new ATP 500 and keep the ATP 250.
a brazilian tennis news broadcasted on espn brasil stated that everything is already set, but they can't announce before next years calendar is released
Too bad it can't start this year to replace Marbella… It would be better to be during this season of the year (maybe last week) so there is a South American swing but it would be fine in the Marbella slot too as Brazil is extremely accessible from Miami.
Speaking of Latin American events, what ever happened to the one year in Viña del Mar, Chile? Any chance that would come back ?