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LightWarrior
Oct 17th, 2008, 08:45 PM
Is there a specific reason ?

jonny84
Oct 17th, 2008, 08:47 PM
Not sure. Probably to do with money. But this is the last Zurich tournament as its not on next years calender.

Dexter
Oct 17th, 2008, 08:48 PM
$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$. If you don't know the reason, it has to do with $.

schorsch
Oct 17th, 2008, 08:50 PM
its got to do with money indeed. they didnt have any options, but to downgrade the event to be able to host it for one more year. it was sort of like trying to buy themselves more time to find a way to keep the tournament alive for the next years as well, but they couldnt obviously. they said there were at least 8 different scenarios they could try to keep the tournament, but neither of them worked unfortunately. but maybe they'll try to get it back for 2010 who knows.

AnnaK_4ever
Oct 17th, 2008, 09:15 PM
They don't have hawk eye.

baleineau
Oct 17th, 2008, 10:15 PM
they learned early on that maria sharapova would not be playing so they didn't need to offer as much prize money.

Nicolás89
Oct 17th, 2008, 11:08 PM
They don't have money left to carry the tournament any longer.

Kworb
Oct 17th, 2008, 11:17 PM
To spite Schnyder.

nashi
Oct 18th, 2008, 05:05 AM
:shrug:No $$$$$$$

Sander.
Oct 18th, 2008, 09:16 AM
And Zürich was just a beautiful tournament:sad:

doujyr
Oct 18th, 2008, 11:09 AM
the whole of the european indoor autumn circuit has been decimated for next year. it has huge appeal to fans and television, but seems there's no money :sad:

Jessie181
Oct 18th, 2008, 11:44 AM
To spite Schnyder.

LOL

laurie
Oct 18th, 2008, 12:21 PM
the whole of the european indoor autumn circuit has been decimated for next year. it has huge appeal to fans and television, but seems there's no money :sad:

Yes I always like to see the year end championships held indoors, I also went to the championships in Madrid last year and had a great time, I wish they kept it in Madrid a few more years, the atmosphere there was great and the ticket prices very reasonable, even for the final (I paid only 33 euros for a final ticket in a good spot in the stadium!!!). But it doesn't feel the same now it will be in Doha for the next two years.

I remember the ATP held the Masters cup outdoors in Texas in 2003 and 2004 because a Texan multimillionaire (billionaire?)financed it - it didn't work - it didn't feel right, the stadium was small plus in 2004 the weather was so bad that the final between Federer and Hewitt was reduced to 3 sets just to get it played.

venusallday
Oct 18th, 2008, 05:28 PM
Because Venus likes Zurich, and she's going to win it, and the tour just can't have Venus winning a tier-1 or above tourny outside of Wimbledon...

schorsch
Oct 18th, 2008, 05:47 PM
Because Venus likes Zurich, and she's going to win it, and the tour just can't have Venus winning a tier-1 or above tourny outside of Wimbledon...

so what about all those years that venus didnt play zürich anymore when it was tier1 although she likes it and now its tier2 and she's back... makes sense that the wta did this for this reason, right? :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:

after 99 she's only played there once in 04 and reached qf. thats it.

LightWarrior
Oct 18th, 2008, 07:54 PM
the whole of the european indoor autumn circuit has been decimated for next year. it has huge appeal to fans and television, but seems there's no money :sad:

No money ? I don't buy that, I'm not that naive. I mean they can find $ 700 billion to save the US banks. It's just part of the whole calendar revamping for 2009. It's just decided by the WTA officials. I can't believe tournament directors can't have a say in the decision.

In The Zone
Oct 18th, 2008, 07:57 PM
No money ? I don't buy that, I'm not that naive. I mean they can find $ 700 billion to save the US banks. It's just part of the whole calendar revamping for 2009. It's just decided by the WTA officials. I can't believe tournament directors can't have a say in the decision.

$700 billion of GOVERNMENT money to save BANKS is more important than a private company helping out a tennis tournament.

With the new roadmap, Zurich wasn't going to be able to afford the costs so they downgraded for money .. Doha bought the Tier I rights, and in 2009, bye bye Zurich. Blame Larry Scott.