Originally Posted by Whitehead's Boy
I might get some details wrong but here's what I remember.
It was created by a Canadian guy named "Poe" for his small clique of friends. The website used to be called Wtaworld. He sold it to Verticalscope at some point.
The day Ashley Harkleroad played her JUNIOR match on Ashe at the US Open 2001, for some reason the official forum of the WTA Tour crashed, and never came back. Then a few days after, when September 11 happened, people from the official forum tried to find another site to talk to each other and check if people were fine. They came here. As month passed, the website grew bigger and bigger and became the replacement for the official WTA tour forum.
So basically this forum exists because the WTA Tour no longer wanted to have an official forum.
This is right, I think. The board started in May 2001, and I chanced upon it one night when I typed in wtaworld.com instead of wtatour.com (by accident; because I was sleepy). Back then the Sanex board was still working, so I didn't see the need to sign up, although I lurked for months. But come September, the Sanex board had crashed and there was notable immigration to this board, so I signed on too. I suspect many of us thought the move here was temporary, but the WTA never fixed the Sanex forum and this one was much better organised anyway.
I'm not sure about the details of the sale. But I knew at some point when the board was about 2 years old, it was closed for weeks and it seemed as though it was never going to be reopened again because of lack of finances/manpower. I remember writing some sappy email telling the administrators that the board had to be reopened.
In my defence, I was not the only one, and I was a teenager, and the board was a classier affair back then.
I remember the board as being fairly Belgian-heavy at the start. Other early posters were carot, Dahveed, Hurricane Lily, gentenaire (who still posts). I also remember The Leopard and Big Fat Pink Elephant / Marri.