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Verdasco
Dec 9th, 2006, 06:09 AM
Whatever happened to the Canberra Classic. It was a Tier IV tournament (I think) and was run at the same time as the Sydney and Hobart. I noticed it isn't on this year. Has it been kicked off the calender?

Will the points which players gained from the Canberra Classic last year be taken away?

Mattographer
Dec 9th, 2006, 08:22 AM
Yes, it got cancelled.

DutchieGirl
Dec 9th, 2006, 08:27 AM
It was cancelled after this year, and yes of course the points the players earnt from it this year will come off - when it comes around to that week in Jan again (all ranking points stay on for 52 weeks - doesn't matter if a tourney gets cancelled or not, the points stay on until the corresponding week of the following year). Hobart got lucky with this, because it now gets a bit stronger draw.

Ben.
Dec 9th, 2006, 08:43 AM
good for hobart, not good for canberra.

DutchieGirl
Dec 9th, 2006, 08:46 AM
good for hobart, not good for canberra.

Yeah - too bad that it's not a 48 draw though like it was going to be.

jimbo mack
Dec 9th, 2006, 08:49 AM
why was canberra cancelled?

DutchieGirl
Dec 9th, 2006, 08:50 AM
why was canberra cancelled?

Not enough $$$ one would assume. Especially as the number of spectators per day was generally less than 50. :o

Ben.
Dec 9th, 2006, 08:56 AM
Not enough $$$ one would assume. Especially as the number of spectators per day was generally less than 50. :o

geez that's bad. especially for a tournament in australia :o

DutchieGirl
Dec 9th, 2006, 09:02 AM
geez that's bad. especially for a tournament in australia :o

But hardly surprising - it was on in the same week as Sydney, which is 1.5 hours up the road (not far by Aussie standards - for those non Aussie's reading), and it's a Tier 4. If you had the choice, would you rather go to Sydney with heaps of good players, or go to Canberra with maybe 1 from the top 20? ;) I went to Canberra 2ce - but only coz Patty played one year, and the other year... I dunno who played - oh wait, I went with a German friend who was a fan of some of the players playing. But seriously, on the days I was there they would have been lucky to have 50 people there ,and then some of them were probably sponsors.

Hobart thisy ear had way more people than I had even seen at Canberra. I'm not sure why, but I guess because if you live near Canberra, and wanted to go to the tennis, you'd probably choose to go to Sydney instead, whereas if you live in Tassie (or Melbourne perhaps :angel: ), you'd go to Hobart.

Ben.
Dec 9th, 2006, 09:17 AM
But hardly surprising - it was on in the same week as Sydney, which is 1.5 hours up the road (not far by Aussie standards - for those non Aussie's reading), and it's a Tier 4. If you had the choice, would you rather go to Sydney with heaps of good players, or go to Canberra with maybe 1 from the top 20? ;) I went to Canberra 2ce - but only coz Patty played one year, and the other year... I dunno who played - oh wait, I went with a German friend who was a fan of some of the players playing. But seriously, on the days I was there they would have been lucky to have 50 people there ,and then some of them were probably sponsors.

Hobart thisy ear had way more people than I had even seen at Canberra. I'm not sure why, but I guess because if you live near Canberra, and wanted to go to the tennis, you'd probably choose to go to Sydney instead, whereas if you live in Tassie (or Melbourne perhaps :angel: ), you'd go to Hobart.

all good points there. couldn't think of any big names that played in canberra this year & the only one I could think of in 2005 was ivanovic, but she wasn't that big of a star at the time though. so therefore it's disappointing for the organisers to see the tournament go but if a tournament only has an attendance of 50 ppl in a span of a few years then it must be cut off.

hobart mind you will be spectacular (providing that players like serena, chaky & misa don't withdraw) & will guarantee at least more than 50 ppl for sure.

Mattographer
Dec 9th, 2006, 09:39 AM
But hardly surprising - it was on in the same week as Sydney, which is 1.5 hours up the road (not far by Aussie standards - for those non Aussie's reading), and it's a Tier 4. If you had the choice, would you rather go to Sydney with heaps of good players, or go to Canberra with maybe 1 from the top 20? ;) I went to Canberra 2ce - but only coz Patty played one year, and the other year... I dunno who played - oh wait, I went with a German friend who was a fan of some of the players playing. But seriously, on the days I was there they would have been lucky to have 50 people there ,and then some of them were probably sponsors.

Hobart thisy ear had way more people than I had even seen at Canberra. I'm not sure why, but I guess because if you live near Canberra, and wanted to go to the tennis, you'd probably choose to go to Sydney instead, whereas if you live in Tassie (or Melbourne perhaps :angel: ), you'd go to Hobart.
You must drive too fast on the road! :p To Canberra from Sydney is like 4-5 hours.

Ben.
Dec 9th, 2006, 09:50 AM
You must drive too fast on the road! :p To Canberra from Sydney is like 4-5 hours.

your are right there :lol: dutchie girl, a speed demon :devil: well, well, well!

louloubelle
Dec 9th, 2006, 11:28 AM
Taswegians are sports-mad, most of their sporting events are well supported, particularly AFL football. Whereas ACT struggles for crowds, apart from the rugby. Some of their population comes from the public service, and they don't seem to generate a sporting culture like other states. Makes sense to increase Hobart if ACT can't generate the support.

MyskinaManiac
Dec 9th, 2006, 11:48 AM
Im not far from Canberra. It's just that the city can't support such an event. It had money troubles from day one - considering it was late with it's winner cheque to JHH in it's first year. That same year which was 2001, was supposed to be Mary Pierces comeback event, she ended up losing to some old french bitty in the semis. In terms of the Sydney event, the only reason why people see that event over the Canberra one is becuase it's at our olympic park which makes it somehow 'better' - and the fact that it has higher ranked players. But yeah, Canberra flopped because it has no international airport, it's a crap city, it's in the middle of no-where and most of the people that live there are public servants (which means that everyone is most likely working). Basically Canberra is just the politicians city... nothing more.

DutchieGirl
Dec 9th, 2006, 07:27 PM
You must drive too fast on the road! :p To Canberra from Sydney is like 4-5 hours.

:lol: Or you must drive too slow. :p So maybe I should say 2.5 hours then! :p

DutchieGirl
Dec 9th, 2006, 07:32 PM
all good points there. couldn't think of any big names that played in canberra this year & the only one I could think of in 2005 was ivanovic, but she wasn't that big of a star at the time though. so therefore it's disappointing for the organisers to see the tournament go but if a tournament only has an attendance of 50 ppl in a span of a few years then it must be cut off.

hobart mind you will be spectacular (providing that players like serena, chaky & misa don't withdraw) & will guarantee at least more than 50 ppl for sure.

Mind you, Hobart never really had any big names till the names for next year were released anyway. ;) And I can tell you for certain that Misa won't be pulling out of Hobart. :D Hobart this year had way more than 50 people on the 3 days I went... :D For all sessions (day and evening).

Ben.
Dec 9th, 2006, 09:42 PM
Mind you, Hobart never really had any big names till the names for next year were released anyway. ;) And I can tell you for certain that Misa won't be pulling out of Hobart. :D Hobart this year had way more than 50 people on the 3 days I went... :D For all sessions (day and evening).

Ok, so how many sessions or days are you going?

DutchieGirl
Dec 9th, 2006, 09:45 PM
Ok, so how many sessions or days are you going?

To Hobart? Well I have tix for as long as Misa is in the draw...and i'll go to Saturday quallies. After Misa loses, then it'll depend who's still in the draw as to whether I actually buy some tix or not. :lol:So if Misa loses early, I guess I'm doing alot of shopping in Hobart. :lol: :help: Hmm could go to the Cadbury factory! :lol: :angel:

Hingie
Dec 10th, 2006, 09:19 AM
Im not far from Canberra. It's just that the city can't support such an event. It had money troubles from day one - considering it was late with it's winner cheque to JHH in it's first year. That same year which was 2001, was supposed to be Mary Pierces comeback event, she ended up losing to some old french bitty in the semis. In terms of the Sydney event, the only reason why people see that event over the Canberra one is becuase it's at our olympic park which makes it somehow 'better' - and the fact that it has higher ranked players. But yeah, Canberra flopped because it has no international airport, it's a crap city, it's in the middle of no-where and most of the people that live there are public servants (which means that everyone is most likely working). Basically Canberra is just the politicians city... nothing more.

Hey i wouldn't quite go that far. Canberrans support sport - but it's difficult when the tournament struggles to get names.

The venue is quite intimate which is good. I remember watching one year and i was two seats away from Dechy. Henin won the tournament before she made a name for herself and same with Ivanovic.

There were rumours they paid Pierce something ridiculous the first year and counted on her far too much - then she lost and spectators dwindled. I always thought they should have held it a week sooner so that it wasn't the same time as Sydney.

It's a shame it couldn't be improved and maintained on the tennis calendar.

Ben.
Dec 10th, 2006, 09:23 AM
To Hobart? Well I have tix for as long as Misa is in the draw...and i'll go to Saturday quallies. After Misa loses, then it'll depend who's still in the draw as to whether I actually buy some tix or not. :lol:So if Misa loses early, I guess I'm doing alot of shopping in Hobart. :lol: :help: Hmm could go to the Cadbury factory! :lol: :angel:

ok cool. but if misa lose, looks like it's off to the cadbury factory for you ;) :lol:

DutchieGirl
Dec 10th, 2006, 04:03 PM
ok cool. but if misa lose, looks like it's off to the cadbury factory for you ;) :lol:

:lol: Actually, I had it wrong - I have tix for the whole week - but I might still end up going to the Cadbury Factory anyway if no one I like is left playing. ;)