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Junex
Mar 1st, 2005, 12:56 AM
with a prize money of $1M (and growing)

and a usually strong field, is the Dubai Duty Free a worthy Tier 1 in the future?

would it add up to the current teir 1 tourneys or would it pave the way for a dissolution of another Tier 1 event?

comments please.

beauty_is_pink
Mar 1st, 2005, 12:59 AM
that'll be great.
I dont have any complaints

Geisha
Mar 1st, 2005, 01:04 AM
I don't have any complaints, either. I mean, recently, Tokyo and Charleston haven't had the greatest fields and to have Venus and Serena, plus Lindsay and Jennifer (if she wouldn't have been injured) and many of the others in the Top 10, it deserves it.

martirogi
Mar 1st, 2005, 01:14 AM
but they cant have it so close to indian wells and miami. wait is it that close? kinda, right

RenaSlam.
Mar 1st, 2005, 01:16 AM
but they cant have it so close to indian wells and miami. wait is it that close? kinda, right

No objection here. :)

Junex
Mar 1st, 2005, 01:24 AM
I don't have any complaints, either. I mean, recently, Tokyo and Charleston haven't had the greatest fields and to have Venus and Serena, plus Lindsay and Jennifer (if she wouldn't have been injured) and many of the others in the Top 10, it deserves it.


Indeed.

And Justine has been playing there too before she was injured and i know she loved this event.

I am seeing in the near future this will be the next tier 1 were we can expect all the top ten to be there barring injury.

Fingon
Mar 1st, 2005, 01:32 AM
I might be wrong, but I think the only reason why Dubai and Doha are sponsoring events is because they want to make their countries better known worldwide.

I don't think there is any interest in tennis and neither is for the money, we know they could invest their money a lot more wisely.

it's known that Dubai wants to depend less and less on oil revenue and develop as a tourism destination and a financial hub for the Middle East.

Nothing wrong with it, but is the WTA getting anything out of it? better said, is women's tennis getting anything?

The point is that the events are not popular, it doesn't matter, but there is no much interest despite their status. Maybe the WTA doesn't have many choices but I wonder how long this events can go on without fan support.

The other matter is, another tier 1? it's getting ridiculous, really, there are 10 already, they should have kept the number in 9, they are actually lowering the bar with the tier 1s. If Dubai gets tier 1 status then 2 tier 1s should be dropped (because of San Diego).

Andrew.
Mar 1st, 2005, 01:38 AM
Quick question, will the players now get the larger tier II ranking points or the standard tier II ranking points because the change was unexpected?

Junex
Mar 1st, 2005, 02:01 AM
I might be wrong, but I think the only reason why Dubai and Doha are sponsoring events is because they want to make their countries better known worldwide.

I don't think there is any interest in tennis and neither is for the money, we know they could invest their money a lot more wisely.

it's known that Dubai wants to depend less and less on oil revenue and develop as a tourism destination and a financial hub for the Middle East.

Nothing wrong with it, but is the WTA getting anything out of it? better said, is women's tennis getting anything?

The point is that the events are not popular, it doesn't matter, but there is no much interest despite their status. Maybe the WTA doesn't have many choices but I wonder how long this events can go on without fan support.

The other matter is, another tier 1? it's getting ridiculous, really, there are 10 already, they should have kept the number in 9, they are actually lowering the bar with the tier 1s. If Dubai gets tier 1 status then 2 tier 1s should be dropped (because of San Diego).


You may have a point but the main point is having a tier 1 with a possibility of producing a very storng field of contenders, which Dubai recently has been enjoying for the past years.

the sport may not be that popular locally but what benefits the sponsors of this event is media mileage internationally. If the event have more top players playing, fans all over the world would be watching the coverage.

I agree that tier 1's should only be nine or lesser, so maybe along the line the tour should reconsider dropping some mickey-mouse tier 1 events to tier 2.

I suggest Charleston :devil:

Volcana
Mar 1st, 2005, 02:07 AM
Doha would be better. Or swap Dubai with Doha in the schedule (VERY doable.) There are already a stretch of five out of seven tournaments where the primary tournament is a Tier I.

Dubai
Indian Wells
Miami
Amelia Island
Charleston
Warsaw
Berlin
Rome

If the schedule was

Tier I TPP
Tier 2 Paris
Tier 2 Antwerp
Tier 1 Dubai
Tier 2 Doha
Teir 1 Miami

It wouldn't be quite as bad. Of course, what I'd really like is Eastbourne to become a Tier 1. Fat chance.