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saphir1
Jul 12th, 2005, 04:32 AM
According to Eberhard Wensky, the former tournament director of the German Open in Berlin, the WTA has now approved the Tier I status for Doha in 2007. He is saying that he thinks next year will be last time Qataris will hold the event in Berlin.

source (only German): http://www.berlinonline.de/berliner-zeitung/sport/465205.html

TF Chipmunk
Jul 12th, 2005, 04:34 AM
Wait wait wait. Now I'm totally :confused: Ok wasn't this year the first time that people from Qatar ran Berlin? And why is the tournament director of Berlin talking about Doha? Everything's all mixed up :confused: :o I'm sorry it's late at night and my brain's a bit thick right now :sad:

So Doha will be Tier I and Berlin not?

saphir1
Jul 12th, 2005, 04:48 AM
Wait wait wait. Now I'm totally :confused: Ok wasn't this year the first time that people from Qatar ran Berlin? And why is the tournament director of Berlin talking about Doha? Everything's all mixed up :confused: :o I'm sorry it's late at night and my brain's a bit thick right now :sad:

So Doha will be Tier I and Berlin not?

Well, your're right, it's actually a little bit complicated. It's true that Qatar ran Berlin this year for the first time. The reason was that they did not get the approval of the WTA to just "pull" the Tier I license to Qatar due to scheduling reasons. Same for 2006. But in 2007 they can make Doha the Tier I. The future of Berlin is still not clear.
I don't know why Mr. Wensky is talking about this, but you know in the last time, former organisation members always tried to get bad press for the Berlin tournament.

TF Chipmunk
Jul 12th, 2005, 05:32 AM
Well, your're right, it's actually a little bit complicated. It's true that Qatar ran Berlin this year for the first time. The reason was that they did not get the approval of the WTA to just "pull" the Tier I license to Qatar due to scheduling reasons. Same for 2006. But in 2007 they can make Doha the Tier I. The future of Berlin is still not clear.
I don't know why Mr. Wensky is talking about this, but you know in the last time, former organisation members always tried to get bad press for the Berlin tournament.
:ras: bitterness sucks :( Berlin is a nice Tier I...

Volcana
Jul 12th, 2005, 05:45 AM
Sawe this comin'. Hope Germany manages to keep at least a Tier II event. Sad that it's come to this in the country that gave us Gottfried von Cramm and Boria Becker and Steffi Graf.

GoDominique
Jul 12th, 2005, 08:24 AM
Hardly surprising.

I have nothing against downgrading Berlin as long as it's still there. Germany without a claycourt tournament would be shameful. :(

VeeDaQueen
Jul 12th, 2005, 08:35 AM
So since Doha owns the Berlin tournament, they are Berlin it to Doha and moving the Doha tournament to Berlin? Interesting :D

S-T-E-V-E
Jul 12th, 2005, 12:08 PM
Sawe this comin'. Hope Germany manages to keep at least a Tier II event. Sad that it's come to this in the country that gave us Gottfried von Cramm and Boria Becker and Steffi Graf.

Germany will have at least a Tier II event, because Filderstadt is not part of the DTB...fortunatly...

416_Man
Jul 12th, 2005, 12:26 PM
What is the DTB? (sorry to sound stupid)

Spunky83
Jul 12th, 2005, 12:42 PM
What is the DTB? (sorry to sound stupid)

Deutscher Tennisbund (German Tennis Association)

Well this was expected I guess. At least there´s still 2006 and we´ll see what comes after that. There were some ideas like just to make a Tier II out of it or maybe even pull off a World Team Cup tourney like the ARAG World Team Cup in Dusseldorf, Germany on the men´s tour.

Well, if it´s becomes a Tier II and there are no other tourneys at the same time (I mean, Doha will stay as hardcourt tourney very likely), a lot of players still will go to that tourney.

Wiggly
Jul 12th, 2005, 01:33 PM
So Doha will be con hard one Tier I on clay less? :confused:

DragonFlame
Jul 12th, 2005, 01:38 PM
This sucks, i like berlin it has a strong players field too, i would make rome a tier II before berlin. this is just dumb.

martirogi
Jul 12th, 2005, 02:23 PM
why doha and not dubai? isn't that the tourney really trying to get tier 1 status. and only one tier 1 on red clay, that's sad.

VeeDaQueen
Jul 12th, 2005, 02:31 PM
why doha and not dubai? isn't that the tourney really trying to get tier 1 status. and only one tier 1 on red clay, that's sad.

Dubai will be Tier I aswell, in 2006. They have $1000000 in prize money.

martirogi
Jul 12th, 2005, 02:42 PM
is dubai replacing tokyo or will there be an additional tier one next year

Oneofakind0490
Jul 12th, 2005, 02:45 PM
I don't think Dubai can become a tier 1. They jsut wanted equal prize money for men and women. It will just be a expensive tier 2.

jfk
Jul 12th, 2005, 02:54 PM
Both Doha and Dubai cannot be tier 1. They are back to back and at that point in the season, it just doesn't work to have two huge tourneys in a row. Dubai has had better fields for the last few years, so it should be the Tier 1 IMO.

Fantastic
Jul 12th, 2005, 03:25 PM
Indian Wells and Miami are back-to-back. Berlin and Rome are back-to-back. Moscow and Zurich are back-to-back. Why can't Doha and Dubai be back-to-back?

Pretty soon, the WTA Tour will just be Grand Slams and Tier 1's. LOL.

saphir1
Jul 12th, 2005, 03:37 PM
I think there will be a new scheduling in 2007, also the Tier Super-Series will be introduced, so Tier I will be less worth.