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Why is Rome so much better than Madrid?

This shouldn't be seen as bashing thread, but my question is, why Rome seems to be so much better than Madrid.
I mean, look at the crowd, yesterday and today, we get full stands (e.g. Pennetta vs. Kirilenko) and even Masha vs. McHale on Center Court was filled really good.
Madrid had like 5 people in the stands for the women's matches till Friday, then 10
What's the reason for such an huge crowd at Rome?

Also the transmission of the matches is waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay better than in Madrid, we get a lot of matches on ES/ES2/Livestreams.

IMO, Rome is a really good advertisement for the sport, Madrid wasn't.

What's your opinion on that?
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Re: Why is Rome so much better than Madrid?

Rome has more tradition, better clay courts and the fans appreciate women's tennis. Not so much in Madrid.
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Rome is a 70 years old tournament and more known, Madrid is not...

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Re: Why is Rome so much better than Madrid?

yeah, but both cities are nearly the same size (Madrid: 3,2 Mio inhabitants; Rome: 2,7 Mio)
and still Rome has the much bigger crowd, although I think tennis is higher in Spain than in Italy, isn't it
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Madrid is still in its infancy and is owned by a lunatic determined to make it the biggest farce on tour. Rome has always been great.

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yeah, but both cities are nearly the same size (Madrid: 3,2 Mio inhabitants; Rome: 2,7 Mio)
and still Rome has the much bigger crowd, although I think tennis is higher in Spain than in Italy, isn't it
I did watch some mens matches, at the BIG 3 there were full crowd, so maybe they don't like the womens in madrid...

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Rome has more tradition, better clay courts and the fans appreciate women's tennis. Not so much in Madrid.
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Re: Why is Rome so much better than Madrid?

outdoors. more attendance.
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I like this pennetta v kirilenko match there is much atmosphere it really does make the sport good.

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I like this pennetta v kirilenko match there is much atmosphere it really does make the sport good.
yep, that's what I'm talking about, Rome should be the 5th slam
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Italian Open was the 5th slam and regarded as such until this new stupid name change into Masters and whatever name it is now

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I did watch some mens matches, at the BIG 3 there were full crowd, so maybe they don't like the womens in madrid...
Matches with Spaniards were also full.
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Matches with Spaniards were also full.
But not on the women's side
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outdoors. more attendance.
? Madrid is outdoors as well
Italians are more into tennis then the Spaniard.
And in terms of tradition Rome >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Madrid
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Re: Why is Rome so much better than Madrid?

Proper clay clourts with dust swirling in your eyes
Nice attendance in all matches
Beautiful arenas filled with passionate italians

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