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Marcell
Aug 9th, 2008, 08:21 PM
Pacific Life No Longer Sponsor of Indian Wells Tennis Tournament





The Indian Wells ATP Masters Series and WTA Tour Premier Tennis Tournament is without a title sponsor. The event has been known as the Pacific Life Open since 2002, but the insurance company will no longer sponsor the event.

Tournament Director Steve Simon tells KPSP that it was the tournament's decision to part ways with Pacific Life following a successful seven year partnership. A spokesman from the insurance company tells KPSP that they had a great relationship with the tournament and they are parting on very good terms.

Simon hopes to have a new title sponsor lined up by the end of August who will help to make the tournament an even bigger event. The tournament broke attendance records in 2007 and 2008, with over 330 thousand going through the gates this year. Simon sees a day when up to 600 thousand fans come to Indian Wells to watch the world's best tennis players.

Simon declined to say how much a title sponsor might pay, but did say "There are a lot of zeroes involved."

The Indian Wells tournament was last without a title sponsor in 2001 when it was known as the Masters Series Indian Wells Presented by Newsweek. From 1988-1999, the tournament was known as the Newsweek Champions Cup.

This year's tournament is scheduled to be played March 9-22 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The tournament is the fifth largest tennis event in the world, behind only the four grand slam events.

drake3781
Aug 10th, 2008, 02:25 AM
I might go back next year. Really enjoyed it this year.

Uranium
Aug 10th, 2008, 02:35 AM
This year's tournament is scheduled to be played March 9-22 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The tournament is the fifth largest tennis event in the world, behind only the four grand slam events.

since when did it get above Miami?:rolleyes:

Harvs
Aug 10th, 2008, 02:36 AM
Pacific Life No Longer Sponsor of Indian Wells Tennis Tournament





The Indian Wells ATP Masters Series and WTA Tour Premier Tennis Tournament is without a title sponsor. The event has been known as the Pacific Life Open since 2002, but the insurance company will no longer sponsor the event.

Tournament Director Steve Simon tells KPSP that it was the tournament's decision to part ways with Pacific Life following a successful seven year partnership. A spokesman from the insurance company tells KPSP that they had a great relationship with the tournament and they are parting on very good terms.

Simon hopes to have a new title sponsor lined up by the end of August who will help to make the tournament an even bigger event. The tournament broke attendance records in 2007 and 2008, with over 330 thousand going through the gates this year. Simon sees a day when up to 600 thousand fans come to Indian Wells to watch the world's best tennis players.

Simon declined to say how much a title sponsor might pay, but did say "There are a lot of zeroes involved."

The Indian Wells tournament was last without a title sponsor in 2001 when it was known as the Masters Series Indian Wells Presented by Newsweek. From 1988-1999, the tournament was known as the Newsweek Champions Cup.

This year's tournament is scheduled to be played March 9-22 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The tournament is the fifth largest tennis event in the world, behind only the four grand slam events.

and miami?

Mateo Mathieu
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:05 AM
No dilbo? :(

LindsayRulz
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:28 AM
since when did it get above Miami?:rolleyes:

...;13799323']and miami?

All the premium events and master series are tied as the 5th more important tournaments after the slams...

Dave.
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:56 AM
Actually YEC is the biggest event after the Slams, along perhaps with the Olympics. Then, Indian Wells and Miami head the Tier I list.

schorsch
Aug 10th, 2008, 04:05 AM
that means no whale no more :P

karimcartoon
Aug 10th, 2008, 04:29 AM
I love this tournament. It was my favorite for a while.

AcesHigh
Aug 10th, 2008, 04:35 AM
5th largest event?? :spit: YEC? Miami?

It's a good tournament but they still need to make changes (reduce the draw size for women, make it one week, etc.)

RenaSlam.
Aug 10th, 2008, 04:37 AM
:tape:

Miami >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> IW.

karimcartoon
Aug 10th, 2008, 04:48 AM
:tape:

Miami >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> IW.

I don't quite agree with that. I mean Miami's great but Indian wells has such a great feel out in the less humid desert of california and they have a GREAT facility for the players. Its' like a resort there thats also a tennis tournament. I like how the ball bounces and plays at Indian Wells. I also like how the Miami courts play but I see Indian Wells as a nice less hectic tournament.

YEC is probably 5th but Miami and Indian wells are both Tier I. Miami just gives extra cash but they have the same ranking points.

AcesHigh
Aug 10th, 2008, 05:05 AM
I don't quite agree with that. I mean Miami's great but Indian wells has such a great feel out in the less humid desert of california and they have a GREAT facility for the players. Its' like a resort there thats also a tennis tournament. I like how the ball bounces and plays at Indian Wells. I also like how the Miami courts play but I see Indian Wells as a nice less hectic tournament.

YEC is probably 5th but Miami and Indian wells are both Tier I. Miami just gives extra cash but they have the same ranking points.

The field at Miami most of the time is much better.

rjd1111
Aug 10th, 2008, 05:06 AM
Pacific Life No Longer Sponsor of Indian Wells Tennis Tournament





The Indian Wells ATP Masters Series and WTA Tour Premier Tennis Tournament is without a title sponsor. The event has been known as the Pacific Life Open since 2002, but the insurance company will no longer sponsor the event.

Tournament Director Steve Simon tells KPSP that it was the tournament's decision to part ways with Pacific Life following a successful seven year partnership. A spokesman from the insurance company tells KPSP that they had a great relationship with the tournament and they are parting on very good terms.

Simon hopes to have a new title sponsor lined up by the end of August who will help to make the tournament an even bigger event. The tournament broke attendance records in 2007 and 2008, with over 330 thousand going through the gates this year. Simon sees a day when up to 600 thousand fans come to Indian Wells to watch the world's best tennis players.

Simon declined to say how much a title sponsor might pay, but did say "There are a lot of zeroes involved."

The Indian Wells tournament was last without a title sponsor in 2001 when it was known as the Masters Series Indian Wells Presented by Newsweek. From 1988-1999, the tournament was known as the Newsweek Champions Cup.

This year's tournament is scheduled to be played March 9-22 at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. The tournament is the fifth largest tennis event in the world, behind only the four grand slam events.


If it is the fifth largest tennis event in the world, behind only the four grand slam events why did Miami have over a Million $$ more prize money this year.

If The tournament broke attendance records in 2007 and 2008, with over 330 thousand going through the gates this year, Then why are the sponsors and backers bailing out.

featuring "The world's best tennis players" is not a true statement. More and
more of the best players are opting not to play IW.

They have faced bankrupcy recently, yet they continue to paint a rosy picture.

Larry and his cronies have revamped the whole WTA to try and force the Williams
Sisters and other top players to play there in an attempt to save it.

This tournament is in trouble, no matter the fluff they release to the press,
they just need to let it R.I.P.

Uranium
Aug 10th, 2008, 05:12 AM
I don't quite agree with that. I mean Miami's great but Indian wells has such a great feel out in the less humid desert of california and they have a GREAT facility for the players. Its' like a resort there thats also a tennis tournament. I like how the ball bounces and plays at Indian Wells. I also like how the Miami courts play but I see Indian Wells as a nice less hectic tournament.


less hectic or less competition?
Indian Wells always have the weaker field compared to Miami. Miami usually has more top players making it more like a Grand Slam and a better tournament.

AcesHigh
Aug 10th, 2008, 05:13 AM
If it is the fifth largest tennis event in the world, behind only the four grand slam events why did Miami have over a Million $$ more prize money this year.

If The tournament broke attendance records in 2007 and 2008, with over 330 thousand going through the gates this year, Then why are the sponsors and backers bailing out.

featuring "The world's best tennis players" is not a true statement. More and
more of the best players are opting not to play IW.

They have faced bankrupcy recently, yet they continue to paint a rosy picture.

Larry and his cronies have revamped the whole WTA to try and force the Williams
Sisters and other top players to play there in an attempt to save it.

This tournament is in trouble, no matter the fluff they release to the press,
they just need to let it R.I.P.

LET IT GO!!!! :help:

Volcana
Aug 10th, 2008, 05:33 AM
since when did it get above Miami?:rolleyes:That's in terms of ticket sales. IW is a HUGE stadium. But Miami is still the more prestigious event from a WTA perspective, since it was their first biggie.

In The Zone
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:11 AM
I don't quite agree with that. I mean Miami's great but Indian wells has such a great feel out in the less humid desert of california and they have a GREAT facility for the players. Its' like a resort there thats also a tennis tournament. I like how the ball bounces and plays at Indian Wells. I also like how the Miami courts play but I see Indian Wells as a nice less hectic tournament.

YEC is probably 5th but Miami and Indian wells are both Tier I. Miami just gives extra cash but they have the same ranking points.

Your first paragraph is all opinion.

And your second paragraph is false. Miami is worth more money AND ranking points. Ivanovic won 465, Serena won 500.

doujyr
Aug 10th, 2008, 10:35 AM
The field at Miami most of the time is much better.


that's because it's compulsory! :lol:

AnnaK_4ever
Aug 10th, 2008, 11:21 AM
The field at Miami most of the time is much better.

Only because of WS. Their participation is the only thing that makes Miami looks bigger than IW.

Olórin
Aug 10th, 2008, 01:06 PM
since when did it get above Miami?:rolleyes:

It used to be known as the most important event outside of the slams, over Miami and sort of on a par with YEC. But the tournament started to lose ground in favour of both Miami and YECs in the mid to late 90's. And of course in the 2000's Miami firmly established itself as superior ;)

goldenlox
Aug 10th, 2008, 01:17 PM
Next year, in the new roadmap, IW is equal to Miami in prizemoney.
The whole idea of the roadmap is to get more money for the WTA and the players.
That New Zealand tournament needed a new sponsor also.
Paying more money.

Slumpsova
Aug 10th, 2008, 01:44 PM
how about rename it to Sharapova Cup since she claimed IW is HER HOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!1111111111111

Rix643
Aug 10th, 2008, 01:44 PM
Sony Ericsson, Pacific Life... who's next? Eurosport, Whirlpool????

Tournaments quitting because they can't afford the prize money.....

The WTA is pricing itself out of the market; equal prize money turning out to be the end of women's tennis....

Slumpsova
Aug 10th, 2008, 01:58 PM
Sony Ericsson, Pacific Life... who's next? Eurosport, Whirlpool????

Tournaments quitting because they can't afford the prize money.....

The WTA is pricing itself out of the market; equal prize money turning out to be the end of women's tennis....
in the next few years i think we are gonna see "Qatar Total" and "Dubai Duty Free" everywhere :lol: it's seems they are only sponsors can afford all the prize money.

Expat
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:18 PM
Sony Ericsson, Pacific Life... who's next? Eurosport, Whirlpool????

Tournaments quitting because they can't afford the prize money.....

The WTA is pricing itself out of the market; equal prize money turning out to be the end of women's tennis....
I agree
Diva Tennis Association can't guarantee top players will appear in any tournament and yet demands equal pay
Get ready for all tournaments to be played in the Middle East from now on
which is a good thing
tennis should be played where the money is

maryc
Aug 10th, 2008, 03:21 PM
Interestingly, Rogers just renewed their contract w/ Rogers Cup. However, they seem to sell their tickets in a different way, compared to IW. The box seats seem to go to corporations, who probably pay a good bit of $ for them. The next tier of seats go to subscribers who buy tix for the entire week, and as far as I could tell from my short visit to Montreal, a lot of people renew year-to-year, so the tournament probably has a pretty good idea of how much $$ they've got coming in.

Carson didn't seem to sell many tix at all this year. I know that Blair or Blaine or whatever his name was (guy in charge of series tix to Carson) was calling me almost daily trying to get me to renew. And for me, IW is so expensive that I usually can only afford to go for 3 or 4 days, rather than the whole week, so I know they don't get me as a regular ticket buyer.