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Question Why does Filderstadt always get such a good draw?

It's not a tier 1, others offer more money and more points and yet, 8 of the top ten are competing there. It would probably be 9 of 10 if the Williams were healthy. Last week in Moscow, only 4 of 10 were there and it was a tier 1! And one of that 4 had to forced to compete (reportedly). Why? What does this tournament have that others don't?
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Bob Larson says it best:

But most of it is just this tournament. The Porsche that the winner gets. The wonderful way that it treats the players. It may be only a Tier II. It's still one of the elite tournaments on the Tour.

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Point taken. But is it that simple. I mean most these players can easily buy a Porsche. Why go through a whole tour. just to get one.
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This way they can say they won it.

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no really it's a good question. Year after year, the Fidler draw, MD and qualys both, is far stronger than it should be. I doubt that it's all in "the wonderful way the tournament treats the players" like Larson says, or in the fact that one player (invariably one of the top seeds) wins a car.

It might have more to do with Fidlerstadt benefiting from being the sole tour level women's tournament held during the entire year in the rich western half of Germany, which basically worships tennis players as stars like nowhere else in the world. So the stadium is always full, it's prestigious to play there, and it's convenient to get to, a lot of the European players can probably drive there. And the scheduling helps as well, it's far away from the Grand Slams and the week before Zurich, which is another very popular tournie.
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The Porsche is nice. If it's a well organized and well run tournament it will always attract a strong field. Also great fans attact top players, if you want the WS and Cappy to play you should have great fans, they love it. It's also the first indoor HARDCOURT tournament so those who didn't want to play on carpet will show up there.
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Porsche is the main sponsor for the WTA... do you think that may have something to do with how many top players it attracts?? Does the WTA maybe request they play there?? I read today they have 18 of the top 20 playing.. but that can't be right... where is Seles currently?

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17 of the Top 20 competed...it would have been 18 had Schiavone not pulled out. So, yes, the entire Top 20 save Williams and Williams were ready to play.

Seles is #46.

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That's pretty awesome...I can't believe Lindsay Davenport is playing... I know there is a thread on this.. but it is way off topic.. do you know what happened with her surgery??... and Seles has been out long enough to drop to 46?

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I think they also have blanket Europe-wide TV coverage, which no other Tier 2 event enjoys.
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Who cares why? Let's just celebrate it!!!
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No doubt about it!

IT'S that porsche baby! why else did hingis always show up so strong for it, it was the first tournament she won lol! its not the same thing buying a porsche and having it given to you as a prize, now is it? I'd definitely be even more motivated to reach that final and give my self the best chance of winning it.
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Jen goes for the cars, she already has 2 ferraris, a Porshe would compliment her love of fast cars nicely
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On the show "Girls on Tour" (The Tennis Channel) they focus on this tournament and talk about all the gifts the girls get from the orginizers. One everyday in their hotel room. Maggie Maleeva comments on that they might be small things but they are free (and some are really nice). They also get some big discounts on things like clothes and other items. That was two years ago when the special was shoot. Just imagine now.

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