that's a lot, one each month
so, some of 50K and 100K will be upgraded or totally new events?
Here is what Allaster said on sunday http://www.asapsports.com/show_interview.php?id=84618
(Relevant part are bolded by me)
I told you last year, and it continues to be one of our key strategic objectives: the growth of the sport in Asia‑Pacific and in China as a foundation. We have the China Open, we have Guangzhou, and in 2013 we would had a new international tournament in Shenzen.
And I'm hoping, with good cooperation with the CTA, that we will had one, maybe two WTA 125s onto the calendar in 2013"
Q. Ben Rothenberg, New York Times. I was wondering, you talk about mentioning the tournament in Taipei, the 125 there. It seems like the ATP has had much of an ownership role at the challenger level controlling tournaments down to I think 35 kids or so; whereas the WTA has always deferred to the ITF on that. Is that something the WTA is looking to take more control of, the lower levels of the tournaments?
STACEY ALLASTER: What we're trying to do is provide complimentary jobs to the system. So we've had the great work that the ITF is doing. We want that to continue. That is very important for the overall development of the sport.
But we do do have a gap between the ITF 100s and the WTA's ‑‑ our prize money is going up at all events next year, so our internationals will be 235s. We saw a gap, and literally I would say at least once a week, we're getting a call from a city somewhere in this world that wants to host a WTA event.
We've got a shortage in our supply because we're very disciplined with the Roadmap. We knew that we needed more jobs and strategic weeks, like second week of slams and second week of Indian Wells, Miami, Madrid opposite Tokyo where the cut‑offs are tough.
So we created this product. It's in its test form in year. Just here this week we approved another one in Cali, Colombia, so it's meant to be complementary.