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saphir1
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:17 AM
In today's Berlin newspaper "Berliner Morgenpost" they are reporting about the press conference given yesterday by Sheikh Bin-Faleh Al-Thani. He said that they want to stay in Berlin if they also find local sponsors (besides TOTAL who will be again sponsor in 2006, but not as a title sponsor).

Also, the article discusses the possibilities for the future. It might be possible that the Qatar people want to change the status of their tournaments (Doha:Tier 1, Berlin: Tier 2), but this should be very difficult as
1. Doha stadium does not provide enough seats for a Tier I tournament (according to WTA rules)
2. WTA is unlikey to approve because of Indian Wells and Key Biscane coming up after Doha
3. Dubai as a main sponsor of the WTA might interfere
4. players are supposed to interfere as they should prefer Berlin at this time of the year and in preparation for the French Open

However, the Sheikh expressed his willingness to keep the tournament in Berlin (no matter which status) depending on whether they also find local sponsors.

Finally, he said that Berlin is likely to be Tier I in 2007 again.

PS check out the German Open web site (www.german-open.org (http://www.german-open.org)) and see the snow falling ;)

Lady
Nov 29th, 2005, 09:41 AM
Good news for me as I LOVE Berlin tourny.

hale-bob
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:03 PM
Now thats some great news!

heres the link to the article (in german)
http://morgenpost.berlin1.de/content/2005/11/29/sport/795243.html

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 12:21 PM
Yippiiiiiee yay;)

However, I am wondering if they ever find a sponsor. Of all the German tourneys incl. ATP, Berlin is the one with the lowest visitor numbers. Itīs really a shame as it always have the best players.

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 03:52 PM
Article on www.inside-tennis.net in english based on the article by the Berliner Morgenpost:

http://www.inside-tennis.net/index.php?action=news&id=1131

mr_burns
Nov 29th, 2005, 03:58 PM
the new stuutgart tournament deserves the tier I status

No great idea to have one more Tier I at the beginnig of the year

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 04:00 PM
the new stuutgart tournament deserves the tier I status

No great idea to have one more Tier I at the beginnig of the year

As long as Stuttgart doesnīt pull a "Zurich". The atmosphere in Filderstadt was so nice, wondering how it will turn out in such a huge stadium.

jonny84
Nov 29th, 2005, 04:51 PM
Well its good that the tournament is sticking around (and not being downgraded) as there were talks about axing the tournament completley.

jimbo mack
Nov 29th, 2005, 05:45 PM
good news

sensible decision IMO

Carmen Mairena
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:14 PM
:worship:

felipe2004
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:19 PM
Nice, I like Berlin, cause Justine always wins it :)

JuchuKai
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:45 PM
:D cool.I will be there :bounce:

Spunky83
Nov 29th, 2005, 07:55 PM
Is Martina going to play there? I really thought I would never ever ask that question again...AWESOME