I think I am starting to understand your point, but it is more than mere nostalgia that should keep the tournament here.
I know that TV ratings are God, but you can see that big tournaments in China, even with the huge population, have poor attendance, at least compared to the Australian Open.
I am just saying as a tennis fan it is a very relevant event and not a MM which I can't believe was even suggested. I refuse to get caught up in the TV ratings game because to me that is less important, and if Australia was in a different time zone, wouldn't even be an issue.
The four Grand Slams are given to the countries with the richest tennis history and that's the way it should stay forever.
I must say I do appreciate having a sound discussion about this as opposed to offensive rants which are often the norm on the forum.
I have just a few things I would like to add.
First, as I have written earlier, I think everyone within this forum (myself included) really overrates China. Yes it looks like the future. But some tournaments there have been disappointing. China still has a way to go.
Secondly, I would like to address attendance.
Attendance in sporting events represents one of the strangest dynamics in all of sports. On one hand for major sporting events, attendance really doesn't have a lot to do with the bottom line. We see this with the Australian Open in that it has spectacular attendance, but is last in revenue among the 4 majors. The WTA has seen increased annual revenue, despite many tournaments at various events being poorly attended. Sometimes the lack of correlation between attendance and revenue can be downright weird. Especially to fans.
However at the same time, we all agree that one important measure with regard to the health of a sport is how well they are doing with attendance. Good attendance has a positive impact TV numbers, increases energy, and even the quality of play. It just makes more sense that sporting events that do well have great attendance. So attendance is a factor. It is a very important factor. But it can also be misleading. I for one don't like WTA events with terrible attendance. And of course for smaller tournaments, the importance of attendance rises in value.
Thirdly, I agree the Australian Open isn't going anywhere anytime soon. I have written in support of what organizers are trying to do.
But to call this a complete non-issue is foolhardy.
Clearly over the last few years organizers of the Australian Open were scared into thinking that the Australian Open moving was a real possibility. They said so themselves. This is why they are working hard to build TV contracts in China and attract more business ventures. They understand that hosting a slam in the modern era of the global market has challenges. This is especially true for a small country that is several time zones away from the markets advertisers covet most. its not 1989 anymore. To say that this topic as it currently sits within this thread came completely out of left field is untrue.
Good discussion. And please don't worry about TV ratings. Only nerds like me spend all their time concerned with what the TV number is at a particular event!