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ys
Dec 1st, 2005, 01:31 AM
http://www.latimes.com/sports/tennis/la-spw-tencol30nov30,1,5594927.story?ctrack=1&cset=true

Infiniti2001
Dec 1st, 2005, 01:41 AM
TENNIS / LISA DILLMAN
A New Push for Elite Women to Meet More Outside Slams
LISA DILLMAN
Will there ever be a non-Grand Slam tournament featuring all of these players: Kim Clijsters, Justine Henin-Hardenne, Maria Sharapova, Venus and Serena Williams, Lindsay Davenport and Jennifer Capriati?

And now you can add Martina Hingis, soon to be coming off indefinite leave, to the list of elite players.


If the WTA and its chief executive officer, Larry Scott, have anything to say about it, Miami will be the place. For the first time, the organization running women's tennis is making Miami a mandatory event in 2006.

Non-participation by eligible players will mean zero points, greatly affecting rankings, and a significant financial penalty. Of course, major momentary hits to players aren't a cure-all. Just ask the sponsors and tournament directors at La Costa.

Scott said the goal was to have four or five mandatory events on the schedule in the next few years. The top men are required to appear at all nine Masters Series tournaments but the final two events, Madrid and Paris, were littered with withdrawals this year.

"I don't think nine is the right number for women's tennis," Scott said during the season-ending WTA Tour Championships at Staples Center earlier this month.

Call it a good start as the tour tries to create more high-profile moments.

"That's what mandatory tournaments are about," Scott said. "There was some significant amount of discussion [about Miami]. It's only one tournament. But it's the first step of a broader agenda.

"So there's a lot of discussion whether it's the right strategy or not, how to demonstrate to the players and tournaments that this is what our TV partners and sponsor partners were asking for in terms of not only a more clear structure, but bigger tournaments. More defining moments during the tour year. And some more opportunities where all the top players are going to play."

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Comeback Trail

Hingis won't have to play qualifying matches at events such as Sydney, Australia or Indian Wells next year. Though she has been off the tour so long she doesn't qualify for a protected ranking, Hingis has applied for gold emeritus status, a tour representative said Tuesday.

That allows her, among other things, unlimited wild cards into tournaments. Hingis qualifies for the status because she has won five Grand Slam singles titles. One qualifying criteria for the program is three Grand Slam singles titles.

Hingis, who Tuesday announced her plans to return to the tour next year, could surface in Australia.

Australia-based Lisa Chaffey of Octagon, Hingis' management company, told the Sydney Morning Herald: "January is definitely in the mix, she definitely feels she is ready to come back now and be competitive, but we are not certain at this stage. It could be January but it also could be February or March."

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Davis Cup

Perhaps there's some built-in Southern California bias, but it's hard to think of a more attractive venue for three days of Davis Cup play than the La Jolla Beach & Tennis Club in La Jolla. The club will be the site of the first-round match between Romania and the United States, Feb. 10-12.

The club will build a temporary hard court and stadium on its pitch-and-putt golf course, and tickets go on sale on Dec. 5. The USTA said tickets would be sold as a three-day series, with a price range from $75-$375.

This will be the sixth time the United States has played Romania. Romania is 0-5.

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Update

Sixteen-year-old Vania King of Long Beach lost in the final of a $75,000 USTA pro circuit tournament in Tucson earlier this month. Yuliana Fedak of Ukraine defeated King, 7-5, 6-0.

In the quarterfinals, King, who reached the second round of the U.S. Open this year, defeated top-seeded Amy Frazier. Her ranking has gone from 692 in August to a career-high 162, as of Monday.

Australian Open tournament director Paul McNamee told reporters he was hoping that the electronic line-calling system Hawkeye would be ready in time for the 2007 event. The plan is to use the technology at the 2006 Hopman Cup in Perth, an exhibition indoor team event in January.

venus_rulez
Dec 1st, 2005, 01:45 AM
Why do i think that at least an underlying reason they picked Miami is because an overwhelming majority of top players already play this event.

hablo
Dec 1st, 2005, 01:45 AM
allez Martina :smoke:

ys
Dec 1st, 2005, 01:46 AM
So , what do you think other 4 mandatory events will be? I'd guess Rome is a lock. Probably Canadian Open as well. Between Moscow and Zurich .. it should have been Zurich, if it was not for a bunch of Russians in top 20. Oh well, they can make it Zurich because of exactly that reason .. Russians are going to play Moscow anyway.. The last one? Charleston or San Diego.. I would guess..

Anna F'd Enrique
Dec 1st, 2005, 02:24 AM
San Diego better become mandatory. At least 5 top 10 players withdrawl from that event every year ::roll eyes::

LH2HBH
Dec 1st, 2005, 02:34 AM
who'll be her doubles partner?? ~~~ ANNA ANNA ANNA PLEASE ~~~

cartmancop
Dec 1st, 2005, 03:25 AM
As long as they space out the mandatory events better than the men's tour. (Several are back to back weeks) it shouldn't be a huge problem

Probably:
Miami
Rome
Zurich
Canada
& maybe another one during the clay season, German Open or Charleston

It would be nice to see the top players all at more tournaments together.

Volcana
Dec 1st, 2005, 03:45 AM
NOTE: The elite player who hasn't been playing Miami regularly is Lindsay Davenport. She didn't play in 2004 or 2005. And since she doesn't play 17 tournaments a year anyway, she can afford the zero points. She basically gets that anyway. It a purely monetary penalty, in her case. She is the spokeswoman for the tour, as much as it has one though, so she may feel so pressure to play.So , what do you think other 4 mandatory events will be? I'd guess Rome is a lock.I'd agree.Probably Canadian Open as well. Between Moscow and Zurich .. it should have been Zurich, if it was not for a bunch of Russians in top 20. Oh well, they can make it Zurich because of exactly that reason .. Russians are going to play Moscow anyway.. The last one? Charleston or San Diego.. I would guess..I think they'll add one or two a year. Next year will be Rome and either Moscow or Zurich. The US Open Series is already there to motivate players to play the Canadian Open and San Diego, so they don't need the help as much. And there's likely some lingering resentment about the US Open Series anyway.

Toray Pan Pacific needs the help more than any other Tier I.

The best thing the Canadian Oen has going for it is that giving the USA three madantory tournaments is going to cause outrage.

Combining the two previous sentences, TPP is the tournament that needs to be mandatory. Asia deserves a mandatory tournament. It would be better to make the Beijing Opne mandatory, but it's not a Tier I.

The WTA owns Indian Wells, at least in part. Self-interest may operate. Self-interest will operate. But back channel communication with Team Williams is the determining factor there. If they say they won't show up, you don't make it mandatory. Too much bad pub.

I actually think Miami, Rome, Toray Pan Pacific and either Zurich or Moscow is the best mix from a marketing perspective.

DutchieGirl
Dec 1st, 2005, 05:20 AM
:rolleyes: Welcome to the WATP! ;)

Zauber
Dec 1st, 2005, 05:27 AM
Lets make it Australia.
lets not draw it out.

jonny84
Dec 1st, 2005, 09:47 AM
It would be good for Miami and for us tennis fans because we'd get some great tough Quarter Finals at Miami next year!

I think the other events should be one on each surface :

SAN DIEGO (Hard)
EASTBOURNE (Grass)
MOSCOW (carpet)
ROME (clay)

dinhd82
Dec 1st, 2005, 09:48 AM
oh Martina, you go girl!!

JulesVerne
Dec 1st, 2005, 10:06 AM
Mandatory Events

1) Is 5 the correct number. 9 on the mens tour is probably too many, but 5 seems too few. Possibly 7 would make more sense.

2) To reflect the global nature of tennis the mandatory events should be spread over the whole world. Holding 2/3 out of 5 in the US does not seem very global to me.

3) They should restructure it in 1 year not over several years. It would also give them a chance to change the points system to gives more weighting to grand slams and mandatory events. In many ways reflecting the way that the ATP has gone.

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 1st, 2005, 10:20 AM
but are they gonna tell us which of the mandatory players who were eligible didnt play

the ones at the top of ranks will be easy to make out but ones around cut-off
and what about those players who dont make cut-off (will they make it like ATP where they have players who can use 6 optional events ??)

making it really complex :fiery:

Wannabeknowitall
Dec 1st, 2005, 10:32 AM
NOTE: The elite player who hasn't been playing Miami regularly is Lindsay Davenport. She didn't play in 2004 or 2005. And since she doesn't play 17 tournaments a year anyway, she can afford the zero points. She basically gets that anyway. It a purely monetary penalty, in her case. She is the spokeswoman for the tour, as much as it has one though, so she may feel so pressure to play.I'd agree.I think they'll add one or two a year. Next year will be Rome and either Moscow or Zurich. The US Open Series is already there to motivate players to play the Canadian Open and San Diego, so they don't need the help as much. And there's likely some lingering resentment about the US Open Series anyway.

Toray Pan Pacific needs the help more than any other Tier I.

The best thing the Canadian Oen has going for it is that giving the USA three madantory tournaments is going to cause outrage.

Combining the two previous sentences, TPP is the tournament that needs to be mandatory. Asia deserves a mandatory tournament. It would be better to make the Beijing Opne mandatory, but it's not a Tier I.

The WTA owns Indian Wells, at least in part. Self-interest may operate. Self-interest will operate. But back channel communication with Team Williams is the determining factor there. If they say they won't show up, you don't make it mandatory. Too much bad pub.

I actually think Miami, Rome, Toray Pan Pacific and either Zurich or Moscow is the best mix from a marketing perspective.


Lindsay isn't playing Miami. Lindsay still has not made any committments after Indian Wells. I'm sure this development isn't helping her to make the decision to continue to play after March.
I really don't think Larry Scott wants Lindsay as an enemy. The women is very sneaky and sly and she knows that most of the tennis community knows the condition of Indian Wells.
I think most would support Lindsay playing a struggling Teir I tourni over one that is doing fine.
Now if Lindsay isn't playing the clay season then maybe she might look a little closer at Miami.
Likely as the two time defending champion, she's going to try to defend her title at Amelia Island, which makes Miami really doubtful. Lindsay isn't going to play 5 weeks in a row on hard courts and clay.
If Lindsay gets penalize she is going to have a fit.

Rising Sun
Dec 1st, 2005, 10:35 AM
Does this apply for MD only or qualifying too? :confused:

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 1st, 2005, 10:42 AM
Does this apply for MD only or qualifying too? :confused:

who knows with Larry Scott :rolleyes:

on ATP if you lose in qualifying, then the TMS dont count on your required events.

JulesVerne
Dec 1st, 2005, 10:50 AM
The 2 highest ranked on the ATP accumulated 7 zero's for not playing events out of the potential 18 events between them; Roger not playing 4 out of 9 and Rafael 3 out of 9. They both ended well ahead of the field.

Winning and reaching finals is more highly weighted on the ATP. It is quality over quantity.

Greenout
Dec 1st, 2005, 10:54 AM
who knows with Larry Scott :rolleyes:

on ATP if you lose in qualifying, then the TMS dont count on your required events.


:lol:

True. We're talking about Larry Scott, who couldn't give a shit about any individual player unless they suck up and play 28 events all over the globe.

I assume they chose Miami because of the daily TV rights on ESPN, American media coverage and more $$$.

It has nothing to do with helping a tournament. If it's help a tournament needs be like BERLIN, and sell it the the Middle Eastern tennis loving Sheiks!

An event like DOHA or DUBAI doesn't need Larry Scott's approval. In fact he needs them! The Sheiks go directly to the star players, and never have any problems finding top talent for their events now.

GoDominique
Dec 1st, 2005, 11:04 AM
I hope the 2006 Rulebook will appear soon.