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SV_Fan
Mar 5th, 2008, 11:30 PM
Which?

The Daviator
Mar 5th, 2008, 11:32 PM
Zurich back to Tier I status.

Lucas_Arg
Mar 5th, 2008, 11:33 PM
Zurich back to Tier I status.
So agree.

SV_Fan
Mar 5th, 2008, 11:35 PM
Is this a stupid thread? I dont want bad reps.

goldenlox
Mar 5th, 2008, 11:38 PM
I want to see how the new roadmap works out next year.
It's supposed to bump up prizemoney almost 50%.
The rank and file need that.

Uranium
Mar 5th, 2008, 11:39 PM
Warsaw and San Diego

SV_Fan
Mar 5th, 2008, 11:43 PM
YEah San Diego and that tourney in Brazil.

In The Zone
Mar 6th, 2008, 01:48 AM
Philadelphia. It'd fit perfectly before or after Memphis.

LindsayRulz
Mar 6th, 2008, 01:52 AM
San Diego.

sakya23
Mar 6th, 2008, 01:56 AM
San Diego

faboozadoo15
Mar 6th, 2008, 02:37 AM
San Diego, Hilton Head...

zvonarevarulz
Mar 6th, 2008, 02:41 AM
San Diego and Philly

Hardiansf
Mar 6th, 2008, 03:39 AM
Easy, San Diego. Then Warsaw

Ksenia.
Mar 6th, 2008, 03:55 AM
San Diego

Venus_Serena
Mar 6th, 2008, 04:02 AM
Hamburg !!

kris719
Mar 6th, 2008, 04:57 AM
No doubt, San Diego..... They stole it away from us! :confused:

Elldee
Mar 6th, 2008, 09:08 AM
If Tokyo Pan Pacific is no longer in the same indoor fast fast court then that. I loved that court if not always the field.

*Jool*
Mar 6th, 2008, 09:09 AM
San Diego, Hilton Head, Brazil , Stratton Mountain also has a very special meaning for me (I know, it's old lol )
I'm always sad when a tourny disappears actually but if I had to pick one it would definitely be San Diego

cypher_88
Mar 6th, 2008, 09:13 AM
Zurich back to Tier 1, Tokyo back to indoor. Warsaw, if were talking only about tournaments that have been canceled.

Carsten
Mar 6th, 2008, 10:15 AM
Hamburg, Leipzig, Hilton Head,

A'DAM
Mar 6th, 2008, 10:20 AM
Warsaw it always had such a strong field!!! :sad:

Wannabeknowitall
Mar 6th, 2008, 10:23 AM
Puerto Rico, Philadelphia, South Africa

Wannabeknowitall
Mar 6th, 2008, 10:31 AM
I don't get why some of you want Hilton Head to be back on tour.
It's annoying enough that many of these tournaments are outside of the cities they claim to be in.

At least I kinda feel welcome on Daniel Island.

To me, Hilton Head is just part of the Sea Island range tournaments in which the USTA has tried their best to continue to uphold the standard of yesteryear.
Basically they try their best to make someone like me feel unwelcomed.

*Jool*
Mar 6th, 2008, 10:32 AM
I don't get why some of you want Hilton Head to be back on tour.
It's annoying enough that many of these tournaments are outside of the cities they claim to be in.

At least I kinda feel welcome on Daniel Island.

To me, Hilton Head is just part of the Sea Island range tournaments in which the USTA has tried their best to continue to uphold the standard of yesteryear.
Basically they try their best to make someone like me feel unwelcomed.
just very good sportive memories from there , as far as I'm concerned , Pierce and Martinez always shone at this venue ;) (good old times )

roxi
Mar 6th, 2008, 10:33 AM
Bol:sad::sad::sad::sad:

DutchieGirl
Mar 6th, 2008, 10:35 AM
I want to see how the new roadmap works out next year.
It's supposed to bump up prizemoney almost 50%.
The rank and file need that.

The rank and file won't get into the tourneys paying the most anyway. :shrug:

A Magicman
Mar 6th, 2008, 11:39 AM
Hilton Head (favorite tournament ever) and Hannover as a Tier II.

jonny84
Mar 6th, 2008, 11:53 AM
Lucky that UK has its grass tournaments. Never went to the Brighton (indoors tournament), so that would be nice to see reinstated.

Boreas
Mar 6th, 2008, 01:25 PM
Bol, Klagenfurt, Surabaya, Cairo, Knokke, Basel

sammy01
Mar 6th, 2008, 01:29 PM
San Diego, Hilton Head...

they would be my 2 to reinstate i miss hilton head and im sure i'll miss san diego this year.

esdee
Mar 6th, 2008, 04:41 PM
Hilton Head

frenchie
Mar 6th, 2008, 04:47 PM
Leipzig

Nastya owned that tourny

DA FOREHAND
Mar 6th, 2008, 06:04 PM
San Diego and Philly

Cp6uja
Mar 6th, 2008, 07:09 PM
I understand some sentimental feelings here but this thread is wrong and we must to be realistic. With new formula (WTA best ever - IMO) which include since 2009 4+4 major and mandatory tournaments (instead 4+1) and longer season pause at end of season WTA need suggestions which tournaments deserve to be next deleted from shedule or lose theys current category in near future... not which former tournament from past deserve comeback first. Sorry, but this is truth. New 4+4+1 (4slams+4masters+YEC) shedule give us almost every month some big event. Now in 4 months between AO and RG instead only one mandatory tournament we have 3 mandatory tournaments (Miami, IW, Madrid) with strongest posible field. Also between USO and YEC in october, Beijing will be mandatory tournament for all TOP50 players.

Since next season we will able to watch 4 tournaments with all TOP128 players, 2 with worlds TOP96, 2 with all TOP56 and YEC with all TOP8.

List of 2009 big finals:
January - Australian Open final
February
March - Indian Wells final
April - Miami final
May - Madrid final
June - Roland Garros final
July - Wimbledon final
August
September - US Open final
October - Beijing final
November - YEC final
December

It's seems :drool: for me b/c for me is always more important how is stroung entry list of some tournament (with mandatory status will be strongest posible) than theys location, tradicion, surface or whatever.

venus_rulez
Mar 6th, 2008, 07:11 PM
San Diego and Hamburg

DutchieGirl
Mar 7th, 2008, 12:15 AM
I understand some sentimental feelings here but this thread is wrong and we must to be realistic. With new formula (WTA best ever - IMO) which include since 2009 4+4 major and mandatory tournaments (instead 4+1) and longer season pause at end of season WTA need suggestions which tournaments deserve to be next deleted from shedule or lose theys current category in near future... not which former tournament from past deserve comeback first. Sorry, but this is truth. New 4+4+1 (4slams+4masters+YEC) shedule give us almost every month some big event. Now in 4 months between AO and RG instead only one mandatory tournament we have 3 mandatory tournaments (Miami, IW, Madrid) with strongest posible field. Also between USO and YEC in october, Beijing will be mandatory tournament for all TOP50 players.

Since next season we will able to watch 4 tournaments with all TOP128 players, 2 with worlds TOP96, 2 with all TOP56 and YEC with all TOP8.

List of 2009 big finals:
January - Australian Open final
February
March - Indian Wells final
April - Miami final
May - Madrid final
June - Roland Garros final
July - Wimbledon final
August
September - US Open final
October - Beijing final
November - YEC final
December

It's seems :drool: for me b/c for me is always more important how is stroung entry list of some tournament (with mandatory status will be strongest posible) than theys location, tradicion, surface or whatever.
The new roadmap is far from the best formula for the WTA! Who's this "we" that's gonna be able to watch these mandatory tourneys anyway? A lot of tennis fans can't watch barely any tennis on tv. :p Plus the actual tourney scheduling still sucks ass as it always has.

tucker1989
Mar 7th, 2008, 12:34 AM
I thought that Sarasota was a cute little tournament, and it would be nice to have another green clay tournament.

The Kaz
Mar 7th, 2008, 12:57 AM
Canberra...so I go and watch it live :cool:

DefyingGravity
Mar 7th, 2008, 01:58 AM
As an American, San Diego was a big loss. Great fields and a nice venue for the players to stay in.

The Betty Barclay Cup was a fun tournament as well.

Cp6uja
Mar 7th, 2008, 02:33 AM
The new roadmap is far from the best formula for the WTA! Who's this "we" that's gonna be able to watch these mandatory tourneys anyway? A lot of tennis fans can't watch barely any tennis on tv. :p Plus the actual tourney scheduling still sucks ass as it always has.4 mandatory tournamets with about 5M$ money prize and all TOP players in MD will be something realy between slams and former tier-I and media attention will be much better than at tier-I tournaments in past. 4+4+1 tournaments with all best players is big step in right direction for woman tennis without doubt.

Only realy bad thing which i notice in new roadmap is FED CUP week again right after AO - it's simple not human for players which must play theys matches in Europe or N&S America.

égalité
Mar 7th, 2008, 04:04 AM
San Diego and Philadelphia!

-sugi-
Mar 7th, 2008, 07:32 AM
Hasselt :sad:

Jakeev
Mar 7th, 2008, 07:39 AM
Would love to see the ladies go back to the grass at Newport, R.I. and bring back some of the indoor tournaments that used to be in Oakland and Chicago.

Medina
Mar 7th, 2008, 09:16 AM
i was thinking Canberra.. and Warswar

LegionArgentina
Mar 7th, 2008, 10:01 AM
Argentina Open;Brazil Open and some tournament in Africa also will be great.

DutchieGirl
Mar 7th, 2008, 10:47 PM
4 mandatory tournamets with about 5M$ money prize and all TOP players in MD will be something realy between slams and former tier-I and media attention will be much better than at tier-I tournaments in past. 4+4+1 tournaments with all best players is big step in right direction for woman tennis without doubt.

Only realy bad thing which i notice in new roadmap is FED CUP week again right after AO - it's simple not human for players which must play theys matches in Europe or N&S America.

I am totally against the idea of mandatory tourney, so for me it's far from being a step in the right direction. Also, the new roadmap was supposed to "Streamline" and make the schedule more sensible for everyone - well it still hasn't, you still have stupid jumps from continent to continent alot of the time. And I don't think killing off tournaments is a good thing either. I think 9 mandatory tournaments a year is just stupid, and players who don't wanna play these tourneys won't anyway (top players won't, coz they don't need the money or points). So it's not gonna work out that the best players are there.

SV_Fan
Mar 8th, 2008, 02:00 AM
Maybe Oklahama. I know its Memphis now but I like that better. Also many others.

Tennisstar86
Mar 8th, 2008, 03:15 AM
4 mandatory tournamets with about 5M$ money prize and all TOP players in MD will be something realy between slams and former tier-I and media attention will be much better than at tier-I tournaments in past. 4+4+1 tournaments with all best players is big step in right direction for woman tennis without doubt.

Only realy bad thing which i notice in new roadmap is FED CUP week again right after AO - it's simple not human for players which must play theys matches in Europe or N&S America.

Venus and Serena will not be @ Idian Wells next week... Justine'll prolly skip next year too...

srry Mandatory tournaments are dumb to me.. it takes away from the specialness of the GS... where EVERYONE will be there....

DutchieGirl
Mar 8th, 2008, 05:05 AM
Venus and Serena will not be @ Idian Wells next week... Justine'll prolly skip next year too...

srry Mandatory tournaments are dumb to me.. it takes away from the specialness of the GS... where EVERYONE will be there....

Not to mention the fact that players who are truly injured during these tourneys are immediately disadvantaged with a 0 in their 17 tourney total. ;) I guess I wouldn't be SO against it if they said you have to play at least 2 or 3 of these tourney, but I don't like 4 mandatories along with GSs and YEC

RJWCapriati
Mar 8th, 2008, 05:18 AM
San Diego - so many great champions!

Dani12
Mar 8th, 2008, 09:47 AM
Canberra :sad: Only 2 hours from me. Both Sydney and Melbourne are 6 hours away, doesn't stop me though..:)

DutchieGirl
Mar 8th, 2008, 11:18 AM
Canberra :sad: Only 2 hours from me. Both Sydney and Melbourne are 6 hours away, doesn't stop me though..:)

:lol: They'd have to move it to a different time slot then. Being in the same week as Sydney, it had no chance.

Cp6uja
Mar 8th, 2008, 12:21 PM
I am totally against the idea of mandatory tourney, so for me it's far from being a step in the right direction. Also, the new roadmap was supposed to "Streamline" and make the schedule more sensible for everyone - well it still hasn't, you still have stupid jumps from continent to continent alot of the time. And I don't think killing off tournaments is a good thing either. I think 9 mandatory tournaments a year is just stupid, and players who don't wanna play these tourneys won't anyway (top players won't, coz they don't need the money or points). So it's not gonna work out that the best players are there.Venus and Serena will not be @ Idian Wells next week... Justine'll prolly skip next year too...

srry Mandatory tournaments are dumb to me.. it takes away from the specialness of the GS... where EVERYONE will be there....First Madrid or Beijing mandatory tournament in 2009 will be much better and "bigger" than any former WTA tournament from past which is not on WTA tour shedulle now - so why cry???

Also Indian Wells with mandatory status and about 5.000.000$ prize money already since next season will be in same rang with Miami which in past already have mandatory status and bigger money prize than IW which produce always stronger field.

For example last season in Miami only 4 of TOP40 not played and only two weeks before at IW not played 4 of TOP8 (BTW... sisters is not even TOP15 in that time)!!! This season Miami is mandatory and IW still not, Miami prize money is 3.7M$ and IW 2.1$ and we already know that Henin, Chaky, sisters, Elena... will play at Miami but not will play at IW...
But since 2009 IW will be also mandatory with equal (or similar) impressive money prize with Miami so no reason to belive that Miami will be ever in future by far stronger field. We will see what will happen with sisters boycot but for all other players i'm sure that will play both. Henin for example miss only one Miami since 2001 (7 of 8 played) and this IW will be her 4th which she miss in last 6 years despite fact that she won IW but never Miami.

SV_Fan
Mar 8th, 2008, 12:32 PM
Hannover, Manhattan Beach, Filderstadt, There are sooo many for different reasons.

volta
Mar 8th, 2008, 01:26 PM
Warsaw and San Diego

YES :sad: and Zurich back to Tier 1 would be nice as well

ps14mn18
Mar 8th, 2008, 01:59 PM
San Diego and at least one of the following indoor tournaments, Oklahoma City, Oakland, Chicago, or Philadelphia. Also, it would be nice to have the Year End Championships back in Madison Square Garden in New York.

Shonami Slam
Mar 8th, 2008, 02:30 PM
sopot. Yes, im alone here but it was a fave. The first super tier3 and a closing to the clay events made for dirt specialists and promising teens.

yolis
Mar 8th, 2008, 02:32 PM
San Diego and Warsaw.
Zurich back to Tier I.
And new tournament in Slovakia;)

SV_Fan
Mar 8th, 2008, 02:45 PM
We need more turneys in the U.S.

Dave.
Mar 8th, 2008, 03:32 PM
San Diego should be back on tour s a tier 1 and I don't know why they're picking Beijing over it and making it so big. SD was always the most popular tournament.

selesfan1
Mar 8th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Oklahoma City
Scottsdale
Madrid ( Clay)

I don't know so much about reinstating a whole lot but I would downgrade a few and move others to different times in the schedule. Why is Bangalore a Tier II?( that stadium leaves a lot to be desired). Why can't Dubai and Doha be warm ups for Melbourne? Why is a tournament that is constantly getting voted as the "best in its class" (Acapulco) getting thrown in with two other tournaments that week? Why is there a tournament half way around the world the week before a big tournament like Indian Wells? Why are so many tournaments combined with events that are making the women a second rate attraction?

selesfan1
Mar 8th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Also, I would really like to see a tournament in Ireland before Wimbledon and an indoor event in London or in Milan in the fall.

Justin
Mar 8th, 2008, 04:17 PM
Bring the Masters back to the Garden.

Nicolás89
Mar 8th, 2008, 04:20 PM
San Diego, Hilton Head...

I thought, Hilton head is the actual Amelia Island. :confused:

Nicolás89
Mar 8th, 2008, 04:22 PM
Scottdale. :hearts:

DutchieGirl
Mar 8th, 2008, 09:23 PM
First Madrid or Beijing mandatory tournament in 2009 will be much better and "bigger" than any former WTA tournament from past which is not on WTA tour shedulle now - so why cry???

Also Indian Wells with mandatory status and about 5.000.000$ prize money already since next season will be in same rang with Miami which in past already have mandatory status and bigger money prize than IW which produce always stronger field.

For example last season in Miami only 4 of TOP40 not played and only two weeks before at IW not played 4 of TOP8 (BTW... sisters is not even TOP15 in that time)!!! This season Miami is mandatory and IW still not, Miami prize money is 3.7M$ and IW 2.1$ and we already know that Henin, Chaky, sisters, Elena... will play at Miami but not will play at IW...
But since 2009 IW will be also mandatory with equal (or similar) impressive money prize with Miami so no reason to belive that Miami will be ever in future by far stronger field. We will see what will happen with sisters boycot but for all other players i'm sure that will play both. Henin for example miss only one Miami since 2001 (7 of 8 played) and this IW will be her 4th which she miss in last 6 years despite fact that she won IW but never Miami.

Yeah, having 2 mandatory tourneys right after each other is a brilliant idea. :rolleyes: NOT. As I said before - I am AGAINST mandatory tourneys. If players don't want to play them, they won't, and it's unfair on players who are genuinely injured to get a 0 in their best 17. How do we know what Beijing and Madrid will be like until they have happened? We don't. You can say they will be bigger and better, but we don't know that, and that's not gonna make me like mandatory tourneys, even if they are bigger. Like I said before - not everyone even gets to see any tennis on tv! On normal tv in Australia, there is basically none other than in the summer here. We get Wimby, and the finals of USO and that's it. Even on pay tv here, there is hardly any womens tennis. So mandatory tourneys don't even do anything for me that way - it's not like I can watch any of them. So this is "why cry". And then if you are gonna have mandatory tourneys, why is there not one on grass? Plus, not everything is about prizemoney. The top players already make enough, and if they all (supposedly as you think they will) turn up for these mandatory tourneys, the players who need to get more prize money don't get into the MD anyway. :shrug: So yeah, the prizemoney doesn't impress me at all, and it has nothing to do with my reason for liking or not liking mandatory tourneys.

sakya23
Mar 8th, 2008, 09:33 PM
Next years tier 1 tournies will be
Dubai (will be upgraded to Tier 1, I believe)
Indian Wells
Miami
Charleston (i thought i read it will be downgraded to tier 2)
Rome
Madrid
Montreal
Cincinnati ??(might be tier 1 since same week as Men's tourney)
Beijing
Moscow.

So bewteen 8 and 10 tier 1's. Why not make 6 or 7 mandatory. But Let the players chose which ever ones they want to go to.

As much as I would love to have more american tourneys back on the tour, it wouldn't be fair to other countries. We have more tournaments than any other country.

Memphis
Indian Wells
Miami
Amelia Island
Charleston
Stanford
Los Angeles
Cincinnati
New Haven
Forest Hills
Us Open

SV_Fan
Mar 8th, 2008, 10:22 PM
Scottsdale, hamburg. brazil, puerto rico , virginia.

Thkmra
Mar 8th, 2008, 10:43 PM
Scottsdale, Hamburg, Philadelphia, and Sparkaasen Cup

Tennace
Mar 8th, 2008, 11:01 PM
Philadelphia

Philip
Mar 8th, 2008, 11:12 PM
Bring the Masters back to the Garden.
i second that one.
the atmosphere was so great there, and plus, it was at a nice time for me, around 6-11pm, perfect hours! :p

IMPOSSIBLE
Mar 8th, 2008, 11:34 PM
Philidelphia

DutchieGirl
Mar 8th, 2008, 11:41 PM
Next years tier 1 tournies will be
Dubai (will be upgraded to Tier 1, I believe)
Indian Wells
Miami
Charleston (i thought i read it will be downgraded to tier 2)
Rome
Madrid
Montreal
Cincinnati ??(might be tier 1 since same week as Men's tourney)
Beijing
Moscow.

So bewteen 8 and 10 tier 1's. Why not make 6 or 7 mandatory. But Let the players chose which ever ones they want to go to.

As much as I would love to have more american tourneys back on the tour, it wouldn't be fair to other countries. We have more tournaments than any other country.

Memphis
Indian Wells
Miami
Amelia Island
Charleston
Stanford
Los Angeles
Cincinnati
New Haven
Forest Hills
Us Open

:help: 6 or 7 mandatory PLUS GSs - heck, why doesn't the tour just work out the players schedules for them. ;)

Matt01
Mar 9th, 2008, 12:39 AM
Mandatory tournaments suck :p We've all seen what has happened to IW after Miami become mandatory.


Bring the Masters back to the Garden.


Please not. That tournament was a desaster each year and the players had to play in an empty stadium :help:


Next years tier 1 tournies will be
Dubai (will be upgraded to Tier 1, I believe)
Indian Wells
Miami
Charleston (i thought i read it will be downgraded to tier 2)
Rome
Madrid
Montreal
Cincinnati ??(might be tier 1 since same week as Men's tourney)
Beijing
Moscow.


I think Charleston will be downgraded next year. But despite that, I also think that there are too many American tournaments. Next year, 4 of the 9 biggest WTA tourneys will be played on American soil, and 2 of them are mandatory :tape:

Matt01
Mar 9th, 2008, 12:42 AM
:help: 6 or 7 mandatory PLUS GSs - heck, why doesn't the tour just work out the players schedules for them. ;)


That could be good and helpful for players like Jankovic though ;)
But it would be bad for players who are actually able to plan a good tournament schedule for themselves.

SV_Fan
Mar 9th, 2008, 01:56 AM
I can't believe no one has said this one....... The Grand Slan Cup. Winning and you get 1,500,000 USD. Venus and Serena are the only women to win. You have to perform really wel it's an euivalent to the YEC's.

DefyingGravity
Mar 9th, 2008, 01:57 AM
How does the Grand Slam Cup work?

SV_Fan
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:02 AM
The Grand Slam Cup was a tennis tournament held annually in Munich, Germany, from 1990 through 1999. The event was organized by the International Tennis Federation (ITF). The ITF invited the best-performing players in the year's Grand Slam events to compete in the Grand Slam Cup.

The tournament was created in 1990 and was played on indoor carpet courts. In its earliest years, it was held in December but was later moved to the late-September/mid-October period. From 1990 through 1997, the tournament was limited to male players. A women's championship was added in 1998 and was held simultaneously with the men's tournament.

Throughout its existence, the Grand Slam Cup was famous for paying-out the highest prize money of any tournament in tennis. The winner received U.S. $1.5 million. And according to the rules, if the tournament was won by a player who had also won a Grand Slam event that year, the winner received a bonus of U.S. $1 million. So although U.S. $1.5 million was already the biggest prize in the game, as many as four players each year (a quarter of the participants if each of the year's Grand Slam events had had a different winner) had a chance of pocketing U.S. $2.5 million.

The Grand Slam Cup, however, was not recognized by the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP). Therefore, participants did not receive points in the world rankings maintained by the ATP, and the event was not considered an official career title. (Following discontinuation of the event in 1999, the ATP decided to give the event full recognition retroactively and added it to players' lists of official titles.)

A compromise between the ITF and the ATP was announced on December 9 1999, by which the Grand Slam Cup was merged with the ATP World Championship (the ATP's year-end tournament), which was also held annually in Germany, giving birth to the Tennis Masters Cup, which would be an official tour event. In the eyes of most tennis fans, this was the end of the Grand Slam Cup because the Tennis Masters Cup is generally viewed as a continuation of the ATP World Championship, not the Grand Slam Cup. The women's tournament was also discontinued after 1999, with just two editions having been held.

A direct result of the merging of the two competitions can still be seen in the qualification rules for the Tennis Masters Cup, which include one notable difference from those of the ATP World Championship. The World Championship was meant to include the top eight players on the ATP world rankings at the end of a season, even though this could mean the exclusion of a Grand Slam champion who had not been able to earn sufficient ranking points the rest of the year. Although the present rules also refer to the best eight players of the year, they ensure the participation of a Grand Slam champion who is unable to earn a top eight ranking at the end of the season. According to the present rules, the top seven players in the ATP Champions Race qualify for the Tennis Masters Cup automatically. The eighth player, however, qualifies only if all the Grand Slam singles champions are among the top eight. Any Grand Slam event champion who is not in the top eight but is still in the top twenty is included to the detriment of the eighth-ranked player. This situation occurred at the 2004 Tennis Masters Cup (in Houston, USA), where the 8th ranked player in the ATP Champions Race, Andre Agassi, was excluded from the event in favor of Gastón Gaudio, who had won that year's French Open but was ranked 10th at the end of the year.

Qualification and seeding for the Grand Slam Cup were not related to ATP rankings. The ITF attributed to players a given numbers of points for their performances in the Grand Slam events (these points were used only to qualify for the Grand Slam Cup). After all four Grand Slam events had concluded, the ITF added up the points, and the 16 players with the most points qualified for the Grand Slam Cup. Although the rules did not assure Grand Slam champions an automatic berth in the event, winning a Grand Slam event was a de facto qualification for the Grand Slam Cup, given the considerable number of points attributed by the ITF to the champion of each event.

The system of play for the Grand Slam Cup was a simple knock-out tournament. Matches in the first two rounds were best-of-three sets, while the semi-finals and final were best-of-five sets. There was no tie-break in a final set.

It was basically a grand slam, with a really nice trophy. Now that I think about it that was the 5th grand slam.

SV_Fan
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:02 AM
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grand_Slam_Cup

DutchieGirl
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:24 AM
I think Charleston will be downgraded next year. But despite that, I also think that there are too many American tournaments. Next year, 4 of the 9 biggest WTA tourneys will be played on American soil, and 2 of them are mandatory :tape:

Actually - 3 of them are; IW, Miami & USO. ;)

DutchieGirl
Mar 9th, 2008, 03:25 AM
That could be good and helpful for players like Jankovic though ;)
But it would be bad for players who are actually able to plan a good tournament schedule for themselves.

:lol: Jankovic shuld already have someone to tell her that she's playing too much. WTA shouldn't need to do that for her. ;) Doesn't she have a coach? :lol: Or is he earning a % of her prize money and doesn't mind that she plays every week (he will mind then if she gets injured long term). ;)

Matt01
Mar 9th, 2008, 12:44 PM
I can't believe no one has said this one....... The Grand Slan Cup.


I hated that tournament :p

It was practically an exhibition where the Top players could get a ridiculous amount of extra money but the tournament itself had no real value IMO.

Matt01
Mar 9th, 2008, 12:47 PM
Actually - 3 of them are; IW, Miami & USO. ;)


I meant WTA tour tournaments only, not the Slams. But you are basically right...when we talk about the Slams, the YEC and the mandatory Tier I's, 3 of those 9 tournaments will be in the same country. :(

SV_Fan
Mar 9th, 2008, 01:55 PM
Philidelphia. toronto.

ViennaCalling
Mar 9th, 2008, 09:34 PM
Leipzig
Philadelphia
Vienna :sad:

karimcartoon
Mar 9th, 2008, 09:38 PM
San Diego, Leipzig, Philadelphia, Cairo. Hilton Head :(

Bartosh
Mar 9th, 2008, 09:46 PM
Warsaw, Hamburg and Hawaii :wavey:

-Sonic-
Mar 9th, 2008, 11:13 PM
Sarasota and Leipzig.

I am looking forward to the mandatory events :)

DennisPostedThis
Mar 9th, 2008, 11:45 PM
Boston that they had for one year , it would work well before New Haven/US Open

DutchieGirl
Mar 10th, 2008, 12:00 AM
I meant WTA tour tournaments only, not the Slams. But you are basically right...when we talk about the Slams, the YEC and the mandatory Tier I's, 3 of those 9 tournaments will be in the same country. :(

Oh right. Sorry. But yeah, still alot of tourneys in the US either way. ;) And now the indoor season in Europe is gonna be basically non existant. :sad:

Lulu.
Mar 10th, 2008, 12:08 AM
Scottsdale.