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raquel
Sep 18th, 2004, 03:48 PM
:sad: I really like the German Open, lots of history there.


http://www.dailytimes.com.pk/default.asp?page=story_18-9-2004_pg2_11

Germany sells $1.3m WTA tournament to Qatar

BERLIN: The German Tennis Federation (DTB) has sold its 1.3-million-dollar Berlin WTA event, a traditional French Open warm-up event, to the Gulf state of Qatar for 6.7 million euros, DTB president Georg von Waldenfels told Saturday's Bild newspaper.

The tournament will be held for the last time in 2005 from May 2 to 8 before it switches to the Middle East. The event, played on clay in Germany and acting as a major tune-up for the second Grand Slam event of the season in the French capital which starts at the end of May, could not be switched in time for 2005.

Furthermore, a new date may have to be found for the event as the early summer heat in the Gulf would make it impossible to play outdoors in May. The money raised from the sale will go towards helping finance ATP men's tournaments in Berlin and Hamburg as well as funding junior tennis in the country. This is not the first time Germany has sold a WTA event having already accepted five million dollars from Philadelphia to take their Hamburg WTA event.

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I doubt the WTA tour will be too happy that this has been sold to help finance the men's events in Germany or maybe they think as long as someone is buying the event, who cares?

matthias
Sep 18th, 2004, 03:56 PM
but i heared they will try to have a Tier II event in Berlin

and there are planning to built a new Venue for a Men/Women Tournament in Hamburg
they Venues would be near AOL-Arena (football) and Colorline-Arena (Icehockey/Handball - indoor Arena) both placed in the "Volkspark" a big park in Hamburg

Allez-H
Sep 18th, 2004, 03:58 PM
It's a pity cuz that was defintly one of my fav tourneys of the year.Not just that one actually,I love the touney held in Germany they're simply great but they all seem to slowly dissapear :sad:

matthias
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:02 PM
the probelm in germany is we have no good player - specially on female tour
and without good player, noone want to watch it on TV
and without viewer no TV Channel pay for the TV rights
and without broadcasting on TV no big sponsor will pay for the Torunament because noone would see the name of the company on Tv - because of NO-Broadcast.

thats the problem

saphir1
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:02 PM
The article is not correct. Sure is that it will no longer be a Tier I after 2005, but there is an option to make a Tier II in 2006. I think it depends on how the tournament is in 2005.

matthias
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:04 PM
i heared the plans for a Women/Men Tournament are from 2009 on
i think thats why DTB is trying to keep the Mens Masterseries Tournament alive.
because this is the only chance for a big Torunament in the future

raquel
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:06 PM
The article is not correct. Sure is that it will no longer be a Tier I after 2005, but there is an option to make a Tier II in 2006. I think it depends on how the tournament is in 2005.
Thanks. I changed the thread title to 'Last Tier 1'. I hope they do keep an event in Berlin. The stadium is really nice and it always attracted great fields.

martirogi
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:10 PM
How could they change the date, unless they make it earlier it would make no sense.

Chunchun
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:11 PM
so Tier I in Qatar?

Gogo123
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:18 PM
so 3 Tier 1's back to back?

azza
Sep 18th, 2004, 04:55 PM
Out of all the Players it was sold to Qatar do they even have any players :rolleyes:

TennisVSTennis
Sep 18th, 2004, 05:25 PM
Out of all the Players it was sold to Qatar do they even have any players :rolleyes:
That's not important, Doha was upgraded this year because they have enough financial support for it to happen. At this rate, they might even have a grand slam in 10 years.
Not a good decision though, shifting clay tournaments to hardcourt tournaments is never good for the players. They are tipping the surface balance, and if there is only one red clay Tier I event left in Rome, Roland Garros will just be overlooked even more.

fammmmedspin
Sep 18th, 2004, 07:26 PM
the probelm in germany is we have no good player - specially on female tour
and without good player, noone want to watch it on TV
and without viewer no TV Channel pay for the TV rights
and without broadcasting on TV no big sponsor will pay for the Torunament because noone would see the name of the company on Tv - because of NO-Broadcast.

thats the problem

Looks like an argument for a joint tournament with the ATP and all the problems with that. We have Wimbledon with no British hopes in the womens and no realistic hope of a winner in the mens and we seem OK but to make a historic national tournament work you may need the men there too.

KoOlMaNsEaN
Sep 18th, 2004, 07:29 PM
Sold it to Qatar?!

*Yoav*
Sep 18th, 2004, 09:06 PM
great news :sad:
Tier 1 where Israelis can't play :(

Tripp
Sep 18th, 2004, 11:50 PM
great news :sad:
Tier 1 where Israelis can't play :(
What do you mean, they can't play? I hope you're not serious.

Chunchun
Sep 19th, 2004, 12:00 AM
great news :sad:
Tier 1 where Israelis can't play :(

becus Jews & Hitler!?!? :confused:

Icarus Wings
Sep 19th, 2004, 12:02 AM
Anna can't enter an Arab country, they won't recognise her Israeli passport.

*Yoav*
Sep 19th, 2004, 12:08 AM
becus Jews & Hitler!?!?
obviously, i talked about Qatar, Anna played at Berlin in the past (her best tournament in her career was Berlin2002)
What do you mean, they can't play? I hope you're not serious. Israel is not in peace with Qatar, i really doubt if they will let her play there.

Tripp
Sep 19th, 2004, 12:11 AM
Anna can't enter an Arab country, they won't recognise her Israeli passport.
That's unbelievable...