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Jan 5th, 2007, 08:44 AM
ASB Classic's future looks shaky
5/01/2007 7:08:03

Could this be the final ASB Tennis Classic in New Zealand?

Plans for a big money rival tournament in the Middle East have players and organisers fearful the Auckland tournament will miss the cut on a revised WTA Tour calendar.

Russian Vera Zvonareva who is a player representative on the WTA board, has confirmed Auckland is in line for the chop and admits it would be a tragedy.

She says it would be upsetting because the players love the place. She says players like Meilen Tu and Kristina Brandi are here for the 10th year in a row this year, and no other tournament can lure talent back on such a consistent basis.

Vera Zvonareva has slammed the WTA for the radical radical changes in its pathway to 2010 programme, which includes reducing the number of tournaments on the tour. She says the future is about all players on the tour, not just the top 20, and if there are fewer tournaments it cuts down opportunities for young players.

Tournament director Richard Palmer says they are not giving up, and will work to secure increased sponsorship as well as coming up with a $US 450,000 franchise fee to keep it going.

He says they are working through the process of staying part of the tour, but obviously another tournament in the same week would impact heavily.

Richard Palmer says they have to submit franchise applications in the next few weeks.

Referance: Newstalk ZB


Guys ive just made an online petition thing, would be nice if you could all sign it and send it to your family, friends etc as well



papa noel
Jan 5th, 2007, 09:49 PM

Jan 5th, 2007, 09:54 PM
Please send the link to all your family and friends!