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Andy T
Apr 9th, 2008, 07:38 PM
The link below to the BBc site explains that Eastbourne is to become mens & women's events from next year and that Birmingham/Edgbaston will have to bid to keep its slot.

Apr 9th, 2008, 07:41 PM
stupid lta. I can't be arsed to get annoyed about this again, so I'll just copy and paste what I put elsewhere:

what a load of tosh. Eastbourne hardly has the space to hold a combined event. Lots of players don't like the wind that comes off the coast. It has struggled to find a sponsor. It rains a lot in this country and it's hard enough sometimes to finish a single event on time, let alone combined.

And Birmingham being open for bidding too from 2010. So it'll go where? Somewhere in the south east like everything else in this country? Why not open Eastbourne or Queen's for bidding? No, thought not.

>>Roger Draper, Chief Executive of the LTA, said: “The new, co-ordinated calendar will help raise the profile of the sport nationally and enhance the experience for fans, players and spectators. We are confident that the changes will help to re-energise the calendar and open up the sport to a new audience as well as offering a better experience for existing fans. The bidding process in 2010 further opens up the calendar and means that new venues have the option of bidding to host world class tennis.<<

Why will it enhance the experience? Will it not just take it away from fans in Nottngham who can't get to Eastbourne. I can't see too many extra people going to Eastbourne. For a start, it sells out as it is, and it'll just bump prices up to even more ridiculous levels.

How will it re-energise the calendar and open up the sport to a new audience? It's just a load of bs that i suppose we've come to expect from the LTA.

I can understand it perhaps offers a better experience for fans. But only maybe. It'll increase overcrowding in a small retirement town, it'll have a crowded schedule making it difficult for people to see all the matches they want. It'll probably also lead to even less women's tennis been shown on the BBC that week.

>>“This is at the heart of the LTA’s new commercial strategy where we hope to position a Lead Partner as the umbrella sponsor of British tennis. The commercial strategy is bringing together all elements of the sport from schools to elite players and provides a real opportunity for us to build a strong partnership with a brand.”<<

Providing you're in the south east.

Apr 9th, 2008, 07:44 PM
Birmingham tournament will remain in the U.K. will it? Can any country bid?

Apr 9th, 2008, 07:46 PM
Birmingham tournament will remain in the U.K. will it? Can any country bid?

I assume LTA will still have the Tier III rights (or whatever it is).

Apr 9th, 2008, 07:50 PM
I hope it comes to london. :angel:

Apr 9th, 2008, 08:20 PM
I hope it comes to Kent :angel:

I don't like the idea of having Eastbourne as a mixed.

Just because the women's tournie is more popular doesn't mean you piggy-back the men on it :rolleyes:

I will still go though :lol:

Bring Birmingham tournament to Kent :rocker:

Apr 9th, 2008, 08:21 PM
I hope it comes to the South West :angel:

Apr 9th, 2008, 08:29 PM
Eastbourne is one of the oldest tournaments in the world. No one should jeapordise it's longevity. As for Birmingham, they should keep it there. I don't know what the courts, stadium (stadia) or facilities are like but I would imagine it would be hard to find better facilities in the region. Birmingham is the largest city in the region aside from London but London already has Wimbledon! Keep the tournaments where they are and the way they are. Nottingham could move anywhere.