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AntennA
Mar 31st, 2004, 10:19 AM
It's confirmed :D

Groen licht voor WTA Hasselt 31-03-2004

De WTA Tour heeft octagon cis de toestemming gegeven om een nieuw Tier III-tornooi te organiseren in ons land. Dat zal op 27 september in Hasselt van start gaan.

De steile opgang van het tennis in ons land en de populariteit van de Proximus Diamond Games gaven octagon cis de ruimte om nog een tweede tornooi te organiseren. Het nieuwe Tier III-tornooi, gedoteerd met 170.000 dollar, zal voor het eerst georganiseerd worden in Hasselt en start op maandag 27 september.

De nieuwe hal die gebouwd wordt bij de Grenslandhallen in Hasselt, zal plaats bieden aan 12.000 toeschouwers. Daarnaast komt er nog een kleinere hal, waar het tweede terrein wordt opgebouwd, met plaats voor 1500 toeschouwers.

Kim Clijsters heeft haar deelname aan het tornooi inmiddels al bevestigd. Het is de bedoeling dat ze ook de volgende edities nauw bij het tornooi betrokken blijft. De officiële naam van het tornooi wordt eind april bekendgemaakt. De ticketverkoop start in de loop van de maand mei.

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Geoffry
Mar 31st, 2004, 10:36 AM
:) I'm gonna go

arn
Mar 31st, 2004, 11:01 AM
Geweldig!!! Ik wil ook zeker gaan! Ik hoop wel dat de toegangsprijzen niet eenshalf zo hoog liggen als antwerpen ;) ;)

BelgianGirl
Mar 31st, 2004, 11:28 AM
Great! I will go :D

fleemke³
Mar 31st, 2004, 11:46 AM
Tja tis 'om de hoek' dus ik zal er wel zijn ... mss om te werken, mss als toeschouwer :)

Come-on-kim
Mar 31st, 2004, 12:09 PM
That sucks big time!!!!!!!!! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

It's at the far end of the country!!!!!!

tennisbelge
Mar 31st, 2004, 12:25 PM
Guess who'll be awarded a WC?

Fieke
Mar 31st, 2004, 12:47 PM
Guess who'll be awarded a WC?

Kirsten Flipkens and Evelyne Van Hyfte, because otherwise Bob Verbeeck’s office will be attacked by a mob of angry WTA World posters :angel:

The Crow
Mar 31st, 2004, 12:53 PM
Kirsten Flipkens and Evelyne Van Hyfte, because otherwise Bob Verbeeck’s office will be attacked by a mob of angry WTA World posters :angel:
lol (I'd join though :o ;)).

Anyway, why Hasselt? I agree with Come-on-Kim, it's way too far for most Belgians...

Josh
Mar 31st, 2004, 12:57 PM
Because Hasselt is "Kim's backyard" as they put it on VRT Teletext. ;)
So the 2nd WC will most definitely go to Elke. :lol:

Come-on-kim
Mar 31st, 2004, 01:43 PM
lol (I'd join though :o ;)).

Anyway, why Hasselt? I agree with Come-on-Kim, it's way too far for most Belgians...
I love Kim, but I hate when they do nearly all the events in her backyard :rolleyes: (Fed Cup, love match, Hasselt tournament,...)

They could have done it in Brussels for exemple! It's in the middle of the country! They said it was possible for them to do it in Vorst Nationaal! And why not at Heysel? :rolleyes:

Come-on-kim
Mar 31st, 2004, 01:45 PM
The only good thing is that the 27th September is the French Community day :woohoo: So that means day off at university :bounce: So I'll go the monday at least

Wimanna
Mar 31st, 2004, 02:05 PM
Nice :bounce: Again 1 point for our Belgian Girls in qualifying :bounce: :bounce:

Anyway, I don't give a sh*t where the event takes place...If you like tennis, you just go to there ;) I went 3 times to Knokke, 1 time to Koksijde....just figure out the distance from my place ;)

fleemke³
Mar 31st, 2004, 03:04 PM
Well I agree that Hasselt isn't the best choice (but it's a lot better than Bree => we got a railway station over here :eek: ). I know that the people from Octagon where 'complaining' when they had to go to Charleroi because it's to far ... so maybe another reason why Hasselt will be the place to be?

kiekeboe
Mar 31st, 2004, 04:11 PM
Well I agree that Hasselt isn't the best choice (but it's a lot better than Bree => we got a railway station over here :eek: ). I know that the people from Octagon where 'complaining' when they had to go to Charleroi because it's to far ... so maybe another reason why Hasselt will be the place to be?

It's kind of obivious :tape:

Why were they complaining about Charleroi :confused:
I know that Justine presented the boss of Spiroudome ( was a partner of Stavaux agency) to Verbeeck, thanks to that Octagon had a place for the Diamond night in 2002 and the FedCup QF 2003 there! SO ........ :fiery:

fleemke³
Mar 31st, 2004, 04:36 PM
Well they said Bree was 'nicer' but the main prob was the distance. Look out what I say is what the 'workers' said, it's not that Bob said it to me or so ;)

I was in Bree and in Charleroi and I liked the atmosphere in Charleroi much more than the 'family'atmosphere in Bree ;)

~|Naomi|~
Apr 1st, 2004, 04:39 AM
I love Kim, but I hate when they do nearly all the events in her backyard :rolleyes: (Fed Cup, love match, Hasselt tournament,...)


Well where do you suppose they play the 'love match' it was always going to be in Bree, it is Kim vs Lleyton so ofcourse it is in her hometown:)

Come-on-kim
Apr 1st, 2004, 07:04 AM
Well where do you suppose they play the 'love match' it was always going to be in Bree, it is Kim vs Lleyton so ofcourse it is in her hometown:)
I know but not only Bree inhabitants want to see Kim :p So let the others have the opportunity to see her without being obliged to go at the far end of the country

tine
Apr 1st, 2004, 08:14 AM
Belgium is a small country. So, "the far end of the country" is never that far!!

Svennovitch
Apr 1st, 2004, 08:25 AM
Belgium is a small country. So, "the far end of the country" is never that far!!
Tell that to someone who lives +/- 250 km from Hasselt :sad:

arn
Apr 1st, 2004, 10:04 AM
250km is nothing! (at least in Spain it isn't :p ;) )

~|Naomi|~
Apr 1st, 2004, 03:14 PM
I know but not only Bree inhabitants want to see Kim :p So let the others have the opportunity to see her without being obliged to go at the far end of the country


If it was in Australia, it would be in Adelaide, which is very far from me so I would have no chance to get there, so the way I see it I guess is no matter where it is in Belgium you could get there it isn't far.

Allez-H
Apr 1st, 2004, 03:36 PM
I still think the tourney should've been organised in either Wallonia or Brussels.Charleroi was a huge succes with the FedCup 2003 and Diamond Tennis Night in 2002 and Forest National was also a great succes with the Noah vs. Henin-Hardenne exhibition.I mean Flanders allready has a big tourney with Antwerp.BUt Justine probably won't attented anyway.

Svennovitch
Apr 1st, 2004, 04:42 PM
BUt Justine probably won't attented anyway.
Justine really takes care of her PR in Belgium, doesn't she? :tape:

Allez-H
Apr 1st, 2004, 06:15 PM
Justine really takes care of her PR in Belgium, doesn't she? :tape:
Like who cares :rolleyes:
I'm sure Kim would've played if this tourney was played in Ciney.

Brαm
Apr 1st, 2004, 07:00 PM
I still think the tourney should've been organised in either Wallonia or Brussels.Charleroi was a huge succes with the FedCup 2003 and Diamond Tennis Night in 2002 and Forest National was also a great succes with the Noah vs. Henin-Hardenne exhibition.I mean Flanders allready has a big tourney with Antwerp.BUt Justine probably won't attented anyway.
Then why bother having it in Wallonia? :confused:
Besides Justine, there are no Walloon players :o (except for Jennifer De Bodt :scratch: )

Allez-H
Apr 1st, 2004, 07:03 PM
Then why bother having it in Wallonia? :confused:
Besides Justine, there are no Walloon players :o (except for Jennifer De Bodt :scratch: )
Actually I think that if it was in Wallonia,Justine would've had played.And even if she doesn't play it,don't the Frechspeaking people have the right to watch some decent tennis too without having to travel from one side to the other.

arn
Apr 1st, 2004, 07:06 PM
Then why bother having it in Wallonia? :confused:
Besides Justine, there are no Walloon players :o (except for Jennifer De Bodt :scratch: )
so that sentence between () brings us back to the sentence before; Besides Justine there are no Walloon players :devil: :o ;)

tennisbelge
Apr 1st, 2004, 07:43 PM
so that sentence between () brings us back to the sentence before; Besides Justine there are no Walloon players :devil: :o ;)

Maybe they could give a WC in the qualies to Gaelle Taton. They should have organized that tournament when she was still active :sad:

Anyway, there are two young players who could get their first wta points before september : Caroline Bailly and Cecile Baijot

arn
Apr 1st, 2004, 07:55 PM
Maybe they could give a WC in the qualies to Gaelle Taton. They should have organized that tournament when she was still active :sad:

Anyway, there are two young players who could get their first wta points before september : Caroline Bailly and Cecile Baijot
I doubt Gaelle will take that wildcard :sad: :sad:

I hope Caroline and Cecile will do well on the WTA-tour, but i doubt they will be top-200 or more :sad:

Wimanna
Apr 1st, 2004, 08:09 PM
Maybe they could give a WC in the qualies to Gaelle Taton. They should have organized that tournament when she was still active :sad:

Anyway, there are two young players who could get their first wta points before september : Caroline Bailly and Cecile Baijot
Oh yeah...Gaelle should get one for sure...and maybe she'll take it, she's still playing national events, no?... so her form won't be that bad?

I found it strange not to see Baijot and Bailly in Pre-Qualifying in Antwerp....I hope Verbeeck organises again such a PQ, so they can show their tennisskils...:) And how much better they are now :angel:

katrientje
Apr 1st, 2004, 08:30 PM
That sucks big time!!!!!!!!! :fiery: :fiery: :fiery:

It's at the far end of the country!!!!!!
it's only 85 km from brussels; I do it almost every week when I go see my parents who live near Hasselt. And it's very easy to do by train (1.20u from brussels)
don't let it stop you ;)

Svennovitch
Apr 1st, 2004, 08:39 PM
Like who cares :rolleyes:
I'm sure Kim would've played if this tourney was played in Ciney.
I am sure Kim would have played if it was in Ciney. She plays every year in Luxemburg and Rosmalen because it is close to home.

Come-on-kim
Apr 1st, 2004, 09:14 PM
Oh yeah...Gaelle should get one for sure...and maybe she'll take it, she's still playing national events, no?... so her form won't be that bad?

I found it strange not to see Baijot and Bailly in Pre-Qualifying in Antwerp....I hope Verbeeck organises again such a PQ, so they can show their tennisskils...:) And how much better they are now :angel:
I doubt she will... She'll probably have a job by then so... And she said she wouldn't play the 10K in Belgium as well...

Come-on-kim
Apr 1st, 2004, 09:15 PM
it's only 85 km from brussels; I do it almost every week when I go see my parents who live near Hasselt. And it's very easy to do by train (1.20u from brussels)
don't let it stop you ;)
Yeah, I know how far my train Hasselt is from Brussel :p :angel:

But, I mean, if it was for example closer to the center of the country, it would have been easier for many more Belgians!!

Allez-H
Apr 2nd, 2004, 06:14 AM
so that sentence between () brings us back to the sentence before; Besides Justine there are no Walloon players :devil: :o ;)
Wallonia might have just one player,but that one player is also the best in the world :devil:

Brαm
Apr 2nd, 2004, 07:30 AM
Maybe they could give a WC in the qualies to Gaelle Taton. They should have organized that tournament when she was still active :sad:

Anyway, there are two young players who could get their first wta points before september : Caroline Bailly and Cecile Baijot

Gaëlle has retired, she doesn't need a WC anymore. Give it to the younger ppl (like Evelyne!) :yeah:

Bailly & Baijot aren't that promising either, are they? :o :o
I don't even see them in the top-500!

Brαm
Apr 2nd, 2004, 07:33 AM
I don't get the "it's oh so far" drama! Please, Belgium has the size of a fart! :lol:
Get over it! :p

Imagine someone from Perth going to the Australian Open! That's far, ok?

tennisbelge
Apr 2nd, 2004, 07:43 AM
I found it strange not to see Baijot and Bailly in Pre-Qualifying in Antwerp....I hope Verbeeck organises again such a PQ, so they can show their tennisskils...:) And how much better they are now :angel:

Baijot wasn't there but Bailly was and she lost to Evelyne Van Hyfte (she saved only 1 game).

In fact for them I was thinking of a WC for the qualies. I think for the MD it has to be Evelyne, Caroline and Kirsten. (hopefully Els will still be ranked high enough for direct acceptance).

~|Naomi|~
Apr 2nd, 2004, 07:46 AM
There will be 3 wildcards:confused: How come there were only 3 in Antwerp then?

Kirsten will definately get one. I hope Kim and Elke get one for doubles:)

caafje
Apr 2nd, 2004, 04:29 PM
I hope Kirsten and Evelyne get a WC, they can give the third one to Els Callens, or to Elke Clijsters if Els is automaticly in the main draw.

Maybe some Limburg juniors get PQ-places? (Désirée Bastianon, ...)

arn
Apr 3rd, 2004, 12:08 PM
I hope Kirsten and Evelyne get a WC, they can give the third one to Els Callens, or to Elke Clijsters if Els is automaticly in the main draw.

Maybe some Limburg juniors get PQ-places? (Désirée Bastianon, ...)
Will there be pre-qualifying???

Come-on-kim
Apr 3rd, 2004, 01:32 PM
Will there be pre-qualifying???
I don't think so... I remember that Bob said the WTA gave them an exceptionnal autorization to do that for Antwerp

Brαm
Apr 3rd, 2004, 01:37 PM
I don't think so... I remember that Bob said the WTA gave them an exceptionnal autorization to do that for Antwerp
There are other tournaments with pre-qualifying I think :confused:

Wimanna
Apr 3rd, 2004, 01:51 PM
There are other tournaments with pre-qualifying I think :confused:
Yes, there are...but nobody gives a **** about it. Only we, devoted Belgian tennisfans, do :angel: :devil:

E. Blackadder
Apr 3rd, 2004, 08:42 PM
Els shouldn't have a problem getting into the maindraw ;)