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Marcell
Jul 30th, 2006, 02:18 PM
Can someone who subscribe to tennisreporter please post the article that says the Acura Classic is likely to leave San Diego after '07. It seems that they have already sold the tournament back to the WTA.

vw.
Jul 30th, 2006, 02:21 PM
Acura Classic likely to leave San Diego after '07

The Acura Classic, a tennis fixture in San Diego since 1984, has sold its Tier I designation back to the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour and will more than likely see its last year of play in 2007, ******************** has learned.

Co-owners Raquel Giscafre and Jane Stratton had put the well-attended tournament at the La Costa Resort for sale and were apparently unable to find buyers. The tournament would have been forced to leave La Costa after 2007 anyway as the resort owners no longer desired to have the event there.

Giscafre and Stratton briefly looked into getting financing for a new stadium in San Diego, but we unsuccessful.

The WTA, which is reconfiguring its calendar for 2010, stepped in and bought the Tier I designation and will likely sell it to Cincinnati, which is looking to host a combined menís and womenís tournament the same week that the womenís Canadian Open is now played.

The tour is looking to establish three ďA-levelĒ tournaments during the US Open Series, one that is almost sure to be Montreal, another that could be Cincinnati and another that could be Los Angeles or Stanford. The tour will opening up bidding on this new ďAĒ designation, where the tournaments will be asked to provide at least $ 1 million in prize money in exchange for an increased player commitment from the tourís stars. Currently, the Tier II tournaments at Stanford and Los Angeles offer around $600,000 in prize money.

At this point, any tournament that does not receive an "A" designation will be dropped to a ďBĒ level, where they will only have to offer around $225,000 in prize money, but not be guaranteed any Top-10 players.
However, negotiations on the topics between the tour, the Slams, the ITF and the tournaments are still ongoing.

MH0861
Jul 30th, 2006, 02:24 PM
That's sad news, but I think making Cincinnati a combined men's/women's Tier I event is a GREAT idea.

Marcell
Jul 30th, 2006, 02:26 PM
Thanks for the article.

Beny
Jul 30th, 2006, 02:26 PM
That's sad news, but I think making Cincinnati a combined men's/women's Tier I event is a GREAT idea.
Yeah, it definitely is. Hope,it will come true..
Sand Diego has been crap for last couple of years..(except 2004) :wavey:

Uranus
Jul 30th, 2006, 02:32 PM
Quite sad, I like San Diego's tournament. It's also a very nice resort.

ToeTag
Jul 30th, 2006, 03:15 PM
The WTA, which is reconfiguring its calendar for 2010, stepped in and bought the Tier I designation and will likely sell it to Cincinnati, which is looking to host a combined menís and womenís tournament the same week that the womenís Canadian Open is now played. I don't like that, and I don't like combined events.

matthias
Jul 30th, 2006, 04:34 PM
The WTA, which is reconfiguring its calendar for 2010.....

canīt wait to see the changes, i hope the WTA-Tour will finally come up with something good after all the bad stuff in the past (no public entry-lists, oncourt coaching)

K-Dog
Jul 30th, 2006, 04:37 PM
if it is a combined event, ESPN will NOT show any women until the qtr. final round. don't like that at all. I like the La Costa Resort where the event is held, but if it must leave, then it must leave.

beauty_is_pink
Jul 30th, 2006, 05:20 PM
The WTA, which is reconfiguring its calendar for 2010, stepped in and bought the Tier I designation and will likely sell it to Cincinnati, which is looking to host a combined menís and womenís tournament the same week that the womenís Canadian Open is now played.
it doesnt mean this new tourney in Cincinnati is being played at the same time as the Rogers Cup does it?! I'll kill if this is tru :explode:

hablo
Jul 30th, 2006, 05:24 PM
The WTA, which is reconfiguring its calendar for 2010, stepped in and bought the Tier I designation and will likely sell it to Cincinnati, which is looking to host a combined menís and womenís tournament the same week that the womenís Canadian Open is now played.


Great, just lovely ! :rolleyes:

TheBoiledEgg
Jul 30th, 2006, 06:18 PM
it doesnt mean this new tourney in Cincinnati is being played at the same time as the Rogers Cup does it?! I'll kill if this is tru :explode:

it wont be played at same time as Rogers Cup
Rogers Cup will be moved.
probably it will be played the same week as the mens which would mean no tourn in Montreal or Toronto each yr, instead it would be every 2 yrs that tennis returns to that city.

*Jool*
Jul 30th, 2006, 08:03 PM
San Diego without Conchita Martinez is not San Diego anyway :p

Brashkoala
Jul 30th, 2006, 10:49 PM
at this point if cincinatti bougth the tier one status, the wta would have two tien one tournaments in the same week. i think la should be bumped up into a tier one.

416_Man
Jul 30th, 2006, 10:54 PM
it wont be played at same time as Rogers Cup
Rogers Cup will be moved.
probably it will be played the same week as the mens which would mean no tourn in Montreal or Toronto each yr, instead it would be every 2 yrs that tennis returns to that city.

Strongly doubt that would happen, they'll just move the calendar around so there's a two week difference. That's smarter, because as of now, the final of the TMS Canada, is the same day as the first days of qualifying for the Rogers Cup, leaving some Canadian officials unable to attend the week for either.

416_Man
Jul 30th, 2006, 10:56 PM
at this point if cincinatti bougth the tier one status, the wta would have two tien one tournaments in the same week. i think la should be bumped up into a tier one.

:tape:

The calendar WOULD MOVE. They'd NEVER even have 2 Tier IIs in the same week, let alone Tier Is.

If Roland Garros wanted to be a few weeks later, you think that the ITF would say to Wimbledon "sorry, RG wants that week, you're going to have to share the players" :retard: