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pierce0415
Apr 6th, 2004, 12:36 AM
From Wertheim's Mailbag:

"Speaking of doubles, anyone else notice the continuing success of the female Chinese teams Jing-Yi Li/Tian Tian Sun and Zi Yan/Jie Zheng? .. Speaking of China, look for a big upcoming announcement. Both tours are planning marquee events there."


With the recent success of the Chinese girls in doubles and Zheng / Sun in singles coupled with building momentum to Olympics in 2008, I am glad that tennis will finally hit the big leagues in China. It is about time. It is the world's most populous country. Tennis used to be a sport which only the rich could afford - there are not many courts, especially in the rurul areas of the country. But now economy is improving and the middle class individual can afford it (even though most Chinese athletes are poor farmers' children picked out by scouts and sent to live at Athletic camp when they are young :tape: )

With proper coaching, I expect there to be a wave of players coming up very soon to follow in the footsteps of Zheng etc.


Being from Beijing myself, I practiced at Olympic training facilities in 1995 with some girls that hit me off the court. I don't really remember the names of the girls but it is quite possible that one was Zheng :p

So now that we know there will be big events in China, lets speculate:

We know for sure that Shanghai Tier II has switched to Beijing for 2004. We also know that there is new ATP event for 2004 featuring Srichipan and Safin. Shanghai also successfully hosted Year End championships for men a few years ago.

I think the big announcement will be there will be Tier I in China in 2005 and also perhaps Tennis Masters Series ... both will probably be in Shanghai or Beijing. The events could be upgrades of the current events or China can buy tournament from currently troubled tournament (Berlin ? Moscow? :tape: )

jrm
Apr 6th, 2004, 12:39 AM
Highly unlikely ... players won't travel from Europe to China and then back to Europe again!

Andrew.
Apr 6th, 2004, 12:40 AM
I don't understand why the tour or any other sport would put a tournament in a country whose civil rights violations are rampant, and it's not just China.

alextreiber04
Apr 6th, 2004, 12:51 AM
Her name isn't Jing-Yi Li, her name is Ting Li and they should have some respect :mad:

Either way it would be cool to have one in China, its new and its different! :D

VSFan1 aka Joshua L.
Apr 6th, 2004, 01:01 AM
It seems like China does well in selling out its events so perhaps it is deserved, although Belgium deserves a Tier I IMO.

Philip
Apr 6th, 2004, 02:01 AM
GBR deserves another event indoors. :mad:
not a tier 1, but atleast tier 2/3.

Eastbourne, Birmingham and Wimbledon just aint enough :mad: ;)
Enough with Grass already. :p

anyway, why not have a tier 1 in China? :)
they seem to like the tennis there.

fammmmedspin
Apr 6th, 2004, 02:19 AM
GBR deserves another event indoors. :mad:
not a tier 1, but atleast tier 2/3.

Eastbourne, Birmingham and Wimbledon just aint enough :mad: ;)
Enough with Grass already. :p

anyway, why not have a tier 1 in China? :)
they seem to like the tennis there.
Comeback Brighton.......

antonella
Apr 6th, 2004, 04:44 AM
... players won't travel from Europe to China and then back to Europe again!

As usual, the Chinese are always very-farsighted. They know that with their huge population and the growing popularity of tennis in Asia that in the not-so-near-future it won't be a case of players not travelling from Europe but rather the other way around. Good luck China!!

esquímaux
Apr 6th, 2004, 04:46 AM
:tape: SARS :tape:

Mateo Mathieu
Apr 6th, 2004, 05:04 AM
High unlikely because both tours in same tournament doesn't means it upgraded to Tier I, for example, Sydney - Adidas International (Tier II).

Mateo Mathieu
Apr 6th, 2004, 05:04 AM
However, I think China deserved to have a Tier I event, though :)

Matthew_Laker
Apr 6th, 2004, 07:01 AM
Belgium should get a Tier 1~

Steveg
Apr 6th, 2004, 07:19 AM
Speaking of China, look for a big upcoming announcement. Both tours are planning marquee events there."

I think that the news (that has already been announced) is that China is candidate to host both Men and Women masters events in 2005.

Masters Cup would be in Beijing while women event could take place in Shanghai.

Mateo Mathieu
Apr 6th, 2004, 07:22 AM
Belgium should get a Tier 1~
They already have in 2005 for Antwerp :)

Steveg
Apr 6th, 2004, 07:22 AM
Her name isn't Jing-Yi Li, her name is Ting Li and they should have some respect :mad:
Miami Nasdaq-100 Open should be more professional. They were the ones writing Jing_Yi Li during the whole tournament (order of play, results...) :rolleyes: .

The reporters could have picked that up though :rolleyes: .

Brian Stewart
Apr 6th, 2004, 07:35 AM
Miami Nasdaq-100 Open should be more professional. They were the ones writing Jing_Yi Li during the whole tournament (order of play, results...) :rolleyes: .

The reporters could have picked that up though :rolleyes: .

Ah, but that would require journalism. These are tennis writers.

And I agree with the earlier post. The "big events" in China that I've heard about are the YEC for both tours. If that's the case, I wonder if the WTA will flip-flop some events, such as putting Philadelphia after the USO, and moving Bali, etc., after the Euro indoor circuit.

Andy T
Apr 6th, 2004, 09:39 AM
There would be a case for moving the Tokyo Pan Pacific to an Autumn slot as well and putting Philadelphia in February

danra
Apr 6th, 2004, 10:24 AM
Comeback Brighton.......
agreed!

anybody know whether or not the Hendon Family - who ran the Brighton tourny - still have any involvement in Eastbourne?