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Привет
Oct 22nd, 2009, 09:58 AM
This is a totally random thread that I thought I'd start after watching Moscow and noticing the 'Moscow' which is printed onto the court surface behind the baseline. Obviously I've noticed this before, as it is done at a number of hardcourt tournaments. I was just wondering if there is any history behind this tradition, and why it is done in the first place.

Also, the names on the courts can provide some great pictures of players, whether only part of the name is caught in the photo (I seem to recall a pic of Sharapova in Melbourne standing over the word 'ME' :p), or the whole name. Feel free to post any of these if you can think of some nice ones. :)

Imperfect Angel
Oct 22nd, 2009, 10:19 AM
I think there's quite a lot for Melbourne.:angel:

The Kaz
Oct 22nd, 2009, 10:51 AM
Beijing, Cincy, Toronto...loads of tourneys do it now.

Another Australian initiative :cool:

Justin SW
Oct 22nd, 2009, 11:33 AM
Even Bangalore did it ... and clay tournaments as well...only grass don't do it :p

BournemouthBoy
Oct 22nd, 2009, 11:42 AM
i seem to remember Estoril doing it, even thought he tournement is in Lisbon :)

hdfb
Oct 22nd, 2009, 11:42 AM
Promote the city as a tourist destination because it will be televised. That's why it's only on Centre Court almost all the time.

Привет
Oct 22nd, 2009, 11:45 AM
Promote the city as a tourist destination because it will be televised. That's why it's only on Centre Court almost all the time.

That's what I was thinking also. Dunno about the tourist destination part though, I was thinking that it was just so that people watching had the name of the city in their mind and knew almost instantly where the tennis was being played.

BournemouthBoy
Oct 22nd, 2009, 11:46 AM
i thought it was to remind the players where they were lol

cellardoor
Oct 22nd, 2009, 01:28 PM
i seem to remember Estoril doing it, even thought he tournement is in Lisbon :)

I don't remember Estoril doing it. and Estoril is a neighborhood (as translated by google) within the county of Oeiras, not Lisbon :)