View Full Version : If Tier 1's became mandatory, what would happen to the smaller tournaments?

Apr 4th, 2004, 09:46 PM
There have been a lot of discussions on this board that the tier 1's should be mandatory, like the Masters Series events are for the men. And some people have said that it would probably hurt the tier 2-5 tournaments. However, some of the ESPN commentators (Mary Joe for instance) think the tier 1's should be mandatory.

I think the ATP's smaller tournaments aren't hurt by the mandatory Masters requirements because the top men play more tournaments than the top women. Although they only need to play 5 smaller tournaments, most exceed that by a lot. So the smaller events don't suffer. Most of the top 10 women play around 5 fewer events than the top men.

If the WTA makes the tier one's mandatory, I think they should cut back the number of events from 10 to 6 or 7. Otherwise, I think the rest of the tournaments would suffer.

Apr 4th, 2004, 10:06 PM
The tier 2's will suffer, I don't think it will hurt the smaller tournaments.
If the WTA will decide to make its version of Masters Series, they will increase the points for those tournaments to make a clear distinction between them and the rest of the tournaments.
If players will not increase the # of tournaments they play in a year, they will surely prefer the tier 1s and that will be at the expense of other tournaments.
Take this month for example... if players will have to play Indian Wells, Miami and Charlton, many will skip Amelia Island.

Apr 5th, 2004, 12:11 AM
There would be an outcry and many would not comply b/c they don't care about fines...

Apr 5th, 2004, 12:14 AM
I don't think the Tier 2's would suffer at all. When you have players like JHH and Kim that play every thing anyways, it won't hurt.

And some of Venus' favorite events (New Haven, San Diego) have been Tier 2's...although, I think San Diego is now a T1

Apr 5th, 2004, 12:17 AM
So what if it hurts Tier 2 fields, the Tier 1's are supposed to have the best fields and if they want to market Tier 1 events as the next best level of tournaments after the slams they have to provide the fields for it. There is no way that the Middle Eastern events or Amelia Island should have a better field than Indian Wells or Miami.