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<Sven>
Nov 18th, 2006, 12:25 PM
Bob Verbeeck has said that the Hasselt tournament won't be organized in 2007.
The tournament will move to Kitzbühel and will start on July 23.
Bob Verbeeck says that the reason is that the WTA doesn't give Tier III tournaments enough possibilities to attract top players...
source: sport.be

Viktymise
Nov 18th, 2006, 12:35 PM
:sad: i liked hasselt

xin_hui
Nov 18th, 2006, 12:39 PM
:sad: but it'd pretty much be a goner due to it's placement on the calendar/after kim's retirement

Paul.
Nov 18th, 2006, 12:40 PM
well it was gonna happen now that kim is standing firm on retirement.

bye hasselt :sad:

CooCooCachoo
Nov 18th, 2006, 12:42 PM
:lol: It's not a loss :) Just sad a tournament that is not too far away from me disappears. But really, it's a crap, overpriced tournament.

Dexter
Nov 18th, 2006, 12:46 PM
Wait a minute :scratch: So Gaz de France will now sponsor the ATP event, or Kitzbuehel will also have a WTA tournament? :confused:

The Crow
Nov 18th, 2006, 12:52 PM
Typical Verbeeck :rolleyes: I wonder how long the Antwerp tournament will last after Kim's retirement :tape:

The Dawntreader
Nov 18th, 2006, 12:57 PM
I dont understand the reason for not attracting top players. Its had top 10 and at least top 15 players there eg, Clijsters, dementieva, Schiavione, Safina etc.

Brαm
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:00 PM
Great! :rolleyes: How is Caroline Maes going to be able to defend her points next year! :(

The sole purpose of this tournament was to please Kim. Antwerp will probably be cancelled in 2008 too :o

GoClijsters
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:02 PM
the end of hasselt doesn't mean the end of Antwerp. Antwerp is a tier II tournament and it's better scedueled then Hasselt. I think Antwerp will stay for a few more years.

xin_hui
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:07 PM
why should antwerp be cancelled? :shrug: it's always had great fields, big names, high ranked players. and even trying to move up to tier1 status. doing pretty well, i'd say

-sugi-
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:11 PM
OMG :sad: I loved this tournament, I really, really, really, really, liked it when I went this year and I think it is one of my favourites I have ever been to. :sad: I will miss it so much

lolas
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:15 PM
it's so sad :( I wish she wouldn't retire

The Dawntreader
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:16 PM
it's so sad :( I wish she wouldn't retire

Is that ANca Barna in your pic? Has she retired, i only remembered her from her match against venus at the Aussie in 03:lol:

Geoffry
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:17 PM
I'm sad to see it go, even if there wasn't any atmosphere. It was a good tournament to see some lower ranked players in action. Oh well, we'll have to wait for the next Belgian top tennisplayer to have such an event, but I'm afraid I'll be dead by then. :tape::p

Let's hope Antwerp won't follow Hasselt's lead...

TheBoiledEgg
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:17 PM
Bob can always put up an inflatable Kim dummy whenever the Antwerp tourn is on to pleasure himself :tape:

Kitzbuhel.......... wonderful scenic venue :) :D

James
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:20 PM
Too bad, but maybe it was nice to have shipped it over to the Netherlands. Our players are much more Tier III level than the Belgians. ;)

FERLKE
Nov 18th, 2006, 01:43 PM
Kitzbuhel:bounce:

^bibi^
Nov 18th, 2006, 02:10 PM
typical Verbeeck, the guy's just dumb.. well, ay least I can say hat I attended EVERY year at the gaz de france open... but it's sad, it was my very first tournament :sad:

lolas
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:04 PM
Is that ANca Barna in your pic? Has she retired, i only remembered her from her match against venus at the Aussie in 03:lol:

Yep, that's the lovely, amazing and gracious Anca Barna. She's totally underrated ;)

I don't know if she's still pregnant. I hope she'll return even though she's almost 30

^bibi^
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:09 PM
Yep, that's the lovely, amazing and gracious Anca Barna. She's totally underrated ;)

I don't know if she's still pregnant. I hope she'll return even though she's almost 30


we (well actually Tijn) asked her sister about anca's return in Luxembourg and she said she would probably back in 2007...

matthias
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:09 PM
Kitzbühl is cool :cool:

Mileen
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:27 PM
:lol: It's not a loss :) Just sad a tournament that is not too far away from me disappears. But really, it's a crap, overpriced tournament.


I wouldn't say so, the players were treated like if it were a Tier I tournament.

Mileen
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:32 PM
the end of hasselt doesn't mean the end of Antwerp. Antwerp is a tier II tournament and it's better scedueled then Hasselt. I think Antwerp will stay for a few more years.

If everything is going according to plan, Antwerp will become a Tier I tournament. Also, there are plans to make it a tournament for both men and women.

Tennace
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:35 PM
Is that ANca Barna in your pic? Has she retired, i only remembered her from her match against venus at the Aussie in 03:lol:

I remember watching her against Serena at the USO some years ago. She won a set, and I told my parents she was the next Steffi Graf :tape: :tape: :tape: :tape:

Derek.
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:37 PM
I remember watching her against Serena at the USO some years ago. She won a set, and I told my parents she was the next Steffi Graf :tape: :tape: :tape: :tape:

:spit:

The Daviator
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:48 PM
Can't say I'll miss it :shrug:

darrinbaker00
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:51 PM
Bob Verbeeck has said that the Hasselt tournament won't be organized in 2007.
The tournament will move to Kitzbühel and will start on July 23.
Bob Verbeeck says that the reason is that the WTA doesn't give Tier III tournaments enough possibilities to attract top players...
source: sport.be
"Possibilities" being a euphemism for "appearance-fee money"..... ;)

GoDominique
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:52 PM
Yep, that's the lovely, amazing and gracious Anca Barna. She's totally underrated ;)

I don't know if she's still pregnant. I hope she'll return even though she's almost 30
Pregnant for 18 months or so???????????? :eek: Hopefully not. :o

GoDominique
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:53 PM
I remember watching her against Serena at the USO some years ago. She won a set, and I told my parents she was the next Steffi Graf :tape: :tape: :tape: :tape:
Errrrr ... not really. :o

Anca :hearts:

ViennaCalling
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:55 PM
WTA in Kitzbühel??????

:D :bounce: :drool: :woohoo:

That's great ;) I know where i'll be next summer :wavey:

matthias
Nov 18th, 2006, 03:56 PM
I remember watching her against Serena at the USO some years ago. She won a set, and I told my parents she was the next Steffi Graf :tape: :tape: :tape: :tape:


nose-wise, not tennis-wise, or?

Uranus
Nov 18th, 2006, 04:55 PM
I'm sad I've never attended this tournament, it's so close from my home...

I don't think Antwerp will be cancelled as well, there were plans that it becomes a Tier I tournament within a few years, and I hope it becomes an ATP tournament too! Belgium needs an ATP tournament :D

Natalicious
Nov 18th, 2006, 04:59 PM
:woohoo:

another wta-tournament in austria!! that's great!!

crazillo
Nov 18th, 2006, 05:02 PM
Now we know why Kim said that her last event will be at Antwerp (in Belgium)...

But I don't get his reason....

Hasselt was so close from my home every year. :(

Wojtek
Nov 18th, 2006, 05:39 PM
anyway it was shitty event

Uranus
Nov 18th, 2006, 06:39 PM
Why shitty? Only because of the calendar :o

Ballbasher
Nov 18th, 2006, 06:44 PM
Stanford
Budapest
Kitzbühel in the same week? I doubt it :confused

Slumpsova
Nov 18th, 2006, 06:54 PM
:haha:

-sugi-
Nov 18th, 2006, 06:57 PM
Stanford
Budapest
Kitzbühel in the same week? I doubt it :confused
Also it said it would attract top players :confused: Presumably the top players would go to Stanford:confused:

Slumpsova
Nov 18th, 2006, 07:08 PM
another tournament in Austria, another title for Tamira Paszek :woohoo:

Ben.
Nov 18th, 2006, 09:39 PM
shame that Hasselt isn't gonna be there anymore :sad: i actually thought it was a great tournament with excellent organisation :)

antwerp will stay put for the next 3-4 years let me tell u. i'm sure of it.

goldenlox
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:09 AM
San Dieo is ending also.
The whole tour is being reorganized.

Vamos
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:52 AM
I was in Hasselt at all the three tournaments, it had a great field but no ambiance and atmosphere. Belgiums only liked this tournament at the moment Kim was playing. I liked Knokke-Heist much more, but after one year Brussels, this tournament also dissapeared.

It is sad, but what can we do about it?

Corswandt
Nov 19th, 2006, 12:54 AM
The tournament will move to Kitzbühel and will start on July 23.

Oh joy.

More clay.

.Andrew.
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:36 AM
I actually thought that the field in Hasselt was great especially this year but the last two years were great too :o

DutchieGirl
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:40 AM
:sad: I wanted to go to Hasselt next year!

DutchieGirl
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:42 AM
Stanford
Budapest
Kitzbühel in the same week? I doubt it :confused

Yeah, it should be better if they put Kitzbuehl on the 30th where there's only 1 tourney at the moment.

DutchieGirl
Nov 19th, 2006, 01:43 AM
San Dieo is ending also.
The whole tour is being reorganized.

This is about next year.

monster
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:08 PM
Sad to see Hasslett go.

If the WTA is serious about shortening the season- perfect perfect perfect oppoprtunity to shorten it for at least 1 week now by moving Madrid to that week- ideally moving Quebec City (to the week after the US Open- but even if they don't still put madrid there).

As for Kitzbühel mving tot he same week as Stanford & Budapest- how dumb.
Move it to the week of San D when there is no Euro tounament.

(So it would run: Palermo, Budapest, Kitzbühel & then Stockholm in consecutive weeks)


Has Kitzbühel ever held a WTA topurnie before? I knmow Austra has Maria Lakowicz for a few yeras??


Budapest
Kitzbühel i

Ingokoer
Nov 19th, 2006, 09:23 PM
Where do you know from that Hasselt and San Diego are cancelled?

Any official confirms? It doesn't seem true. In 2007 both HASSELT and SAN DIEGO will take place :bounce: , look here at the official WTA Tournament calender 2007:

http://www.sonyericssonwtatour.com/tournaments/

ktwtennis
Nov 20th, 2006, 12:39 AM
Sorry, but Belgium doesn't need two tournaments...That's country oversaturation...especially

ktwtennis
Nov 20th, 2006, 12:40 AM
...when you have two Grand Slams on your continent...

ktwtennis
Nov 20th, 2006, 12:41 AM
Oh yeah, and if you want to shorten the calendar, it's these and some of the other unnecessary events (i.e., LA in the US Open Series) that need to eliminated.

goldenlox
Nov 20th, 2006, 12:46 AM
The USTA wants to keep the USO series.

DutchieGirl
Nov 20th, 2006, 02:31 AM
The USTA wants to keep the USO series.

Then they need to get the tourneys to pay up (which we are already seeing that they can't afford to).