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A tournament in Croatia, where?

If we could get some nice event over here besides Bol, where do you think it should go (asside from right next door to you )?

I think Varazdin would be a very reasonable choice, assuming they find the right facility, but since Davis Cup and Fed Cup were both already held there, I don't think a tournament would be so impossible to organize. Tennis is very popular in that part of Croatia and it gave many good players - they could hire Karolina Sprem as a director/promotor, for example

It's economically in one of the more developed parts of the country so attendance shouldn't be an issue, and geographically it's close to several countries, many of which are among the more affluent in Europe, with a lot of tennis fans (about a 90-minute drive to Austria, Italy is 3,5 hrs and even Germany or the Czech Republic are just over 4 hrs away).

Overall, many good reasons. Besides the city is beautiful and quite a popular tourist destination already. I'd sure go every year, even if it were "just" a 100k or something similar.
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Re: A tournament in Croatia, where?

Varazdin would be good - Karolina Sprem Trophy.
Also Karlovac would be good - Adrijana Lekaj Open.
But if Croatia can afford some WTA event - it should be Umag as it's the most fantastic venue you have.


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Re: A tournament in Croatia, where?

I really wouldn't mind Umag (or Karlovac for that matter, not that I think it'll happen though), but if they wanted a WTA event, I'm sure they'd have it by now. They have a great facility, nice location, money...so I just think they're not interested. One tournament during the summer is obviously enough for them as they're looking at it primarily from the standpoint of it being just another feature of the tourist destination. The sport itself pretty much plays a second fiddle.
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Re: A tournament in Croatia, where?

I love idea of Varazdin having a tournament, I think it would do very well.
I remember very good Davis Cup and Fed Cup ties held there and like you say people have interest for tennis.

Otherwise I also like following places as potential hosts of tournaments:
Umag, Dubrovnik, Osijek and Karlovac ().
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Re: A tournament in Croatia, where?

^Yasss, Varazdin WTA during Spancirfest would be something


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Re: A tournament in Croatia, where?

Karlovac will never happen

I would go with Dubrovnik on hard during the summer.
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If they could make it somewhere close to city it could be great.




Other than Dubrovnik, I would also like something like Zadar or Pula(Arena would be fantastic, if they could have done ice for hockey there..)

But it now seems its official we have WTA challenger at Bol next year.



But 2nd week of Roland Garros? Who will come? All Croats will probably skip and work for grass. I really want Miki there, hope it somehow happens.

Martic, Fett, Lekaj, Lukas, Njiric, Jurak will surely be there.. but we need Ana, Miki, Donna..
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Re: A tournament in Croatia, where?

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Karlovac will never happen

I would go with Dubrovnik on hard during the summer.
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If they could make it somewhere close to city it could be great.

Other than Dubrovnik, I would also like something like Zadar or Pula(Arena would be fantastic, if they could have done ice for hockey there..)

But it now seems its official we have WTA challenger at Bol next year.

But 2nd week of Roland Garros? Who will come? All Croats will probably skip and work for grass. I really want Miki there, hope it somehow happens.

Martic, Fett, Lekaj, Lukas, Njiric, Jurak will surely be there.. but we need Ana, Miki, Donna..
Dubrovnik is too cramped and has no real tennis facility, especially for a serious tournament (which is also why Ana's been in Zagreb for ages now). Also, it's far away for many fans (even some of us from Croatia - I'd need like an 8-hour drive...) and most tourists that visit Dubrovnik get there on cruise ships and spend very little time in the city itself, certainly not enough to include tennis matches into their visit. But then, when you see some cities that actually had tournaments, makes you think it could even work.

Arena in Pula sounds cool, but apart from an exhibition of some sort, it probably wouldn't work. Conservation experts would probably object, God knows what the WTA itself would say about it and, besides, you need more than one court for a tournament so unless there are some right next to Arena...but it sure sounds fun

Zadar, on the other hand, sounds interesting, but I'd prefer one tournament that's not on the coast now that we've lost Zagreb, because we have probably the most ridiculously shaped land territory in the human history.

As for Bol, I share the same fear, that it could turn into something really lousy, unless all of our girls bomb out early in Paris in both, singles and doubles (which would be lousy in itself). Yeah, watching Miki in Bol again would be like a dream come true, and I'd definately go, but we all know what are the chances for that to happen. Anyway, depending on the field, I might as well still go there. This year in that slot (2nd week of the French) there was a 100k challenger in Marseille and it featured the list that included Kanepi, Niculescu, Maria, Hercog, Krunic, Allertova, Rodina and Parmentier as the seeds, with the field also hosting Sasnovich, Hesse, Tig, Zanevska, Voegele, Tatishvili, Bondarenko, Panova, Duque-Marino, Hogenkamp, Muhammad, Cepede Royg, Dominguez Lino, Cepelova, Vickery, Abanda...could be interesting if we'd get something similar with a few of our own.

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Re: A tournament in Croatia, where?

Vara˛din sounds great.
It is pitty there are no facilities in Samobor.
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