Moving all the fall events to the US is just ridiculous
The whole Berlin discussion is putting pressure on organizers having the event in local (German) TV stations by the sponsors. It will be solved soon as the attendance in Berlin is brilliant with 2,000 spectators on qualifying days and 5,000 on Monday and Tuesday respectively.
So give up your hopes, we´re going to loose either Filderstadt or Berlin. Stuttgart is where PORSCHE is located and it´s the most loved event by the players so this is just ridiculous what you´re saying
Hamburg lost the event due to problematic financial situation of the organizers, German tennis federation, Hannover was sold by private organizer Ion Tiriac for financial reasons and Muncih was moved by organizer WTA for business reasons too - with a desastrous outcome regarding attendance in LA
Hamburg was always a problem due to cold weather in the North this month too, Warsaw and Berlin are in the East of Europe and have better weather conditions. The men playing 2 weeks later have mix of good bad weather too but that´s not comparable. Tier II in the WTA is not a Tier I on the men´s side.
Besides, there´s still POTENTIAL in German tennis regarding Marlene in the year-top30 at the moment and we´ve a couple of youngsters. You must take away the Wimbledon event due to no British player within the top100 then too
or the Austrian events for having no playing among the top50
same as Australian events for no top40 player
or the Warsaw event for no player among the top 200 to name just a few
So, give me arguments before you post this. There is nothing in your post stating anything. It´s a problem if sponsors shout out before an event and the event itself then becomes a success as it multiplyies rumours around the world. Let me assure you it´s a serious discussion YES but it´s just a discussion to give the TV rights to German TV again rather than EUROSPORT only. 2004 Steffi will return for naming the center court after her, so I doubt we´ve a problem having the event there then. Eberhard Wensky as the tournament director is one of the most well-known organizers around the world, I doubt this talking will have an effect on this event. Same as Porsche in Filderstadt or Sparkasse in Leipzig, German tennis federation money problems have NOTHING to do with these events, it was a fatal effect for Hamburg as two events weren´t to keep. This has nothing to do with Berlin or Stuttgart.
So keep on dreaming about new indoor events, they´ll for sure remain in Europe-or you´ll have to force events in Moscow Zurich Bratislava Linz or Luxemburg moving to. It´s the "old" tradition splitting the tour between US/Canada and Europe before the season ending event so even Monica Seles can afford to make her points for the top8 now somewhere
it´s just not that what some guys in the US believes that the tour ends with the US OPEN
We still have some prestigious and loved events here where US players love to come, so why don´t you do and stop talking about German or European tournaments into crisis ?