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tennisfan5
May 17th, 2012, 04:29 PM
Finally

http://www.wtatennis.com/page/OffCourtNews/Read/0,,12781~2774781,00.html

ST. PETERSBURG, FL, USA - The WTA announced Wednesday the start of the international tender process to identify the host city of the season-ending WTA Championships for 2014 and beyond.

The WTA Championships features the world's Top 8 singles players and Top 4 doubles teams competing for one of the most coveted titles in women's tennis and a share of almost $5 million in prize money.

"The WTA Championships has gone from strength to strength over the past four decades, and is today recognized as one of a handful of truly blue chip international events on the world sporting calendar," said WTA Chairman & CEO Stacey Allaster. "Based on the significant demand by numerous cities around the world to invest in women's tennis and host our year-end WTA Championships, we decided to launch an international bidding process to select a host city for 2014 and beyond. It's a chance for some city somewhere to step up on the world stage. We are confident that through this process we will be able to identify the right city to become the next partner for the world's premier sporting event for women."

"A trip to the WTA Championships, and the right to battle for such a prestigious title and possibly the World No.1 ranking, is the goal of every single player," said World No.2 and 2004 WTA Championships winner Maria Sharapova. "Having only the best of the best together always makes for an incredibly exciting finale to each WTA season. And having the chance to bring our best event to new cities is always exciting for the players and fans."

The event, which launched in 1972, has been held in Boca Raton, Los Angeles, New York City, Oakland, Munich, Madrid, Doha and its current home of Istanbul. Its champions have included eight-time winner Martina Navratilova, Chris Evert, Steffi Graf, Monica Seles, Martina Hingis, Lindsay Davenport, Serena Williams, Venus Williams, Justine Henin and Kim Clijsters.

The 2011 WTA Championships - held in Istanbul for the first of three years - was sponsored by BNP Paribas and its Turkish partner Türk Ekonomi Bankası (TEB), as well as Rolex, Turkish Airlines, Sony Xperia, Oriflame and others. It registered the highest WTA Championships attendance in 12 years and set broadcast and digital audience records. It broadcast more than 400 hours of live coverage in 164 countries through 22 international TV broadcasters, the widest reach of a WTA Championships to date.

The WTA chose the London-based international sports marketing agency, The Sports Consultancy, to manage the bid process, which will commence with requests for expression of interest sent to prospective host cities that are required to respond by June 29, 2012. Interested parties will receive a bid guide, formal bid application and questionnaire that must be submitted by September 21, 2012. A short list of potential candidate cities will be announced in October 2012, with a final decision made in March 2013.


Would love for it to come back to NYC :)

Wiggly
May 17th, 2012, 04:32 PM
Vancouver, Rogers Arena or somewhere in Europe.
If Istanbul keep this up, it could also stay there.


Please, no rich macho country. It won't work.

Chaosm21
May 17th, 2012, 04:34 PM
Istanbul was great last year :)

Bismarck.
May 17th, 2012, 04:37 PM
So, does this mean they're looking for a permanent spot for it or will they just be doing what they've done with Istanbul, Doha, Madrid etc. by just giving contracts for a couple of years and moving to a new place?

Shivank17
May 17th, 2012, 04:42 PM
I don't think it should be in US :shrug: They have sooooo many tourneys already including a slam, give other countries a chance.

Miracle Worker
May 17th, 2012, 04:42 PM
How this whole process works? The city which offers the biggest amount of money will win?

Valanga
May 17th, 2012, 04:43 PM
let's have a guess. O2 Arena is not a bad idea (by the time WTF should have been finished and moved to somewhere else)

Wimbledon9
May 17th, 2012, 09:09 PM
Take some outside sponsors and give it to Prague, the Czechs are so knowledgable about tennis.

MAGIKARPETTA
May 17th, 2012, 09:33 PM
I've heard that Milan could candidate, but nothing is sure ;)

Spice
May 17th, 2012, 10:12 PM
O2 would be amazing!

DefyingGravity
May 17th, 2012, 10:23 PM
I think London or Paris-Bercy would work really well. You want this in important world cities. London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, New York. Any of those would be more ideal. Istanbul is a budding world city, obviously, and the tournament last year was terrific.

ce
May 17th, 2012, 10:25 PM
I think London or Paris-Bercy would work really well. You want this in important world cities. London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, New York. Any of those would be more ideal. Istanbul is a budding world city, obviously, and the tournament last year was terrific.

Oh God no :sad:

Dodoboy.
May 17th, 2012, 10:28 PM
LONDON! PLEASE London!!

Rolling-Thunder
May 17th, 2012, 10:28 PM
Why not go with a rotating city like London-Paris-London-Paris or NYC-Berlin-NYC-Berlin for a four or six year commitment?

It would lengthen the process while adding an interesting mix.

Spice
May 17th, 2012, 10:29 PM
I don't mean to sound horrid but do you think the O2 would be packed out every night like it is with the Men?

Rolling-Thunder
May 17th, 2012, 10:38 PM
The best option would be a combined event over 1.5 weeks. The problem I have with both events is that it requires the players to play back to back days. A combined event would allow a day off for the players. That would give the players time to recover. We see better tennis this way than a batter of fatigue. I always hate it during the year end event and one player gets a walk-over or has a player retire and then gets time off.

Spice
May 17th, 2012, 10:53 PM
The WTA would not agree to a combined event, as they believe they are worthy to go alone and also make more money as a single event

volta
May 17th, 2012, 10:56 PM
MSG would be amazing, the atmosphere :hearts: I don't even care if the camera angle used to be horrible.

Break My Rapture
May 17th, 2012, 10:57 PM
I think London or Paris-Bercy would work really well. You want this in important world cities. London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, New York. Any of those would be more ideal. Istanbul is a budding world city, obviously, and the tournament last year was terrific.
Tokyo or Beijing? :happy: Get out of town!

Brad[le]y.
May 17th, 2012, 10:59 PM
I think London or Paris-Bercy would work really well. You want this in important world cities. London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, New York. Any of those would be more ideal. Istanbul is a budding world city, obviously, and the tournament last year was terrific.

That would be amazing for the 10 people in the stands.

In The Zone
May 17th, 2012, 11:00 PM
New York City, please! The event had such prestige and the players actually want to go to NYC!

It'd bring back Philadelphia, too.

MSG, submit a bid!!

Valanga
May 17th, 2012, 11:02 PM
Tokyo or Beijing? :happy: Get out of town!

If Tokyo goes back indoors for YEC it might not be a bad idea(check Tokyo PPO 2007's clips):shrug:

Miracle Worker
May 17th, 2012, 11:04 PM
That would be amazing for the 10 people in the stands.

Now you're laughing, but what if...? :oh:

Valanga
May 17th, 2012, 11:09 PM
I won't be surprised if Beijing/Shanghai is shortlisted as one of the candidates. It's unavoidable. Brace it.

tenn_ace
May 17th, 2012, 11:09 PM
Let's just pray it is not some filty rich emir who wins the bidding process and bring it to his empty palace :shrug:

Petronius
May 17th, 2012, 11:33 PM
Take some outside sponsors and give it to Prague, the Czechs are so knowledgable about tennis.

I would personally love that and there's a new 15,000 arena available, but it's not very likely in the near future though. Istanbul is in Europe and I think the WTA will move it to another continent for a change, which is perfectly reasonable. I think e.g. South Africa might be interesting, they have already proved that they're able to organize the soccer World Cup.

Wiggly
May 17th, 2012, 11:41 PM
I would personally love that and there's a new 15,000 arena available, but it's not very likely in the near future though. Istanbul is in Europe and I think the WTA will move it to another continent for a change, which is perfectly reasonable. I think e.g. South Africa might be interesting, they have already proved that they're able to organize the soccer World Cup.

Is women tennis revelant in South Africa?

MaxQue
May 17th, 2012, 11:47 PM
South Africa forfeited their home advantage in the next Davis Cup because the tennis association is broke.

So, I don't think they have money for year-end championships.

Petronius
May 17th, 2012, 11:49 PM
Is women tennis revelant in South Africa?

Probably not very much. But is it so much less relevant than in Turkey?

babsi
May 17th, 2012, 11:55 PM
Do it like Eurovision does! Let the previous years winner's country host the event the next year...it will never happen though.

I actually would put my money on somewhere like Baku hosting it. Outdoors with nobody there and zero atmosphere.

Viktymise
May 18th, 2012, 12:09 AM
Hopefully as far away from The Vulture Swing as possible.

Buitenzorg
May 18th, 2012, 12:15 AM
Sydney Australia please :)

Spice
May 18th, 2012, 12:58 AM
shame it can't go back to MSG!

duhcity
May 18th, 2012, 12:59 AM
Beijing's not as terrible as some make it seem :lol: Agreed that it wouldn't be the best decision, even in Asia (Shanghai at it's peak on the ATP was better, Tokyo as well).
Rio's chomping at the bit for sports relevance. I really think MSG would fail in the current sports climate unless Maria/Serena play, and Azarenka and Caroline truly emerge.

I think Australia would be a great choice as well - country with rich tennis history that really deserves more than a month out of a year

Barktra
May 18th, 2012, 01:53 AM
I don't care who gets the bid, but Istanbul needs to be a tour event after they spot holding the YEC :hearts:

The 2nd Law
May 18th, 2012, 02:17 AM
I don't care who gets the bid, but Istanbul needs to be a tour event after they spot holding the YEC :hearts:

Definitely agree. It could be a PM indoors event :hearts:

I think any Australian city would do a great job :oh: Or, bring back Berlin? Prague would be cool. Rio could also work.

thegreendestiny
May 18th, 2012, 02:32 AM
Guangzhou :oh:

cowsonice
May 18th, 2012, 04:57 AM
Copenhagen :rocker2:

djb84xi
May 18th, 2012, 05:23 AM
Definitely agree. It could be a PM indoors event :hearts:

I think any Australian city would do a great job :oh: Or, bring back Berlin? Prague would be cool. Rio could also work.

Your suggestion sound great. Sydney or maybe even Brisbane would look good for the YEC. Berlin or Rio could work too. All four places sound ideal for a big WTA event. Even though these places are amazing, I just hope there's enough fan interest in women's tennis in those places, to bring in big attendance and create a lot of publicity.

adner
May 18th, 2012, 05:31 AM
Don't fool yourselves, noone will make the players fly all the way to Australia for one tournament and then make them come back 2 months later for AO.

SilverPersian
May 18th, 2012, 05:44 AM
Berlin? There are hardly any German tournaments, and given there are about five world class German players at the moment, you'd think interest there would be on the up.

I don't want the YECs to be in Australia. It would ruin Sammy :bigcry:

Marcus1979
May 18th, 2012, 06:09 AM
I think BErlin would be a choice, if they can't bring back the German Open at least give germany the YEC.

All it has these days is a equivilant of a Tier II on the old system.

duhcity
May 18th, 2012, 06:11 AM
I also think we all need to fall back on the Istanbul love. It had one hosting of the YEC so far, with low ticket prices. I'm interested in the changes this year, if the popularity that was really unpredicted will change the way the TD looks for sponsors this year and looks at the prices.

HawkAussie
May 18th, 2012, 06:55 AM
Is what I am hoping for the short candiates

Istanbul (Current YEC Venue)
Rio De Janeiro (For the 2016 Olympics)
Munich (One year hosting the YEC and 5 top 20 germans)
Warsaw (Who wouldn't like that)
Bali (They should at least get one YEC)
Zurich (Was a Tier I event)

Serenus Christ
May 18th, 2012, 07:06 AM
Berlin
Shanghai
São Paulo
or
Saint Petersberg.

Serenus Christ
May 18th, 2012, 07:08 AM
or even something more exotic like Casablanca, Cape Town or Lisbon

stromatolite
May 18th, 2012, 08:30 AM
Not sure why this change is something to celebrate. It surely means that it'll go to the city with the biggest pile of cash, hardly a recipe for a great tournament. Istanbul last year was great, and in general I'd like to see the YEC to go to budding tennis nations like Turkey, rather than to established countries, where people are so spoiled for choice that the stands are often half empty.

Sam L
May 18th, 2012, 08:33 AM
I love the beautiful apple green courts in Istanbul. I hope it stays there.

Dani12
May 18th, 2012, 08:50 AM
Should just stay in Istanbul.

Mattographer
May 18th, 2012, 08:57 AM
It has to be indoors! No more outdoors.

Zurich would be amazing :hearts:

Marcus1979
May 18th, 2012, 09:15 AM
if it has to be indoors what about Filderstadt or is that just another name for Stuttgart or are they seperate cities?

Mr.Sharapova
May 18th, 2012, 09:15 AM
Istanbul was amazing last year. Except maybe of the surface :oh:. The colors of the surface to be more exact.

Sam L
May 18th, 2012, 09:18 AM
Istanbul was amazing last year. Except maybe of the surface :oh:. The colors of the surface to be more exact.
I think the colours are beautiful. You don't think so?

Marcus1979
May 18th, 2012, 09:27 AM
I think the colours are beautiful. You don't think so?

I used to love the real dark green of Melbourne Park :)

Juju Nostalgique
May 18th, 2012, 09:28 AM
I heard Pyongyang would get tons of attendance! :tape:

The Witch-king
May 18th, 2012, 09:30 AM
Somewhere in India would be appropriate.

vozas
May 18th, 2012, 09:32 AM
Yeah the O2 arena would be SO epic!

sammy01
May 18th, 2012, 09:38 AM
let's not fool ourselves this is going back to some oil rich country. istanbul has been a success from the outside, but when you consider they were basically giving tickets away it is not so impressive.

wta will chase the money as usual

Kon.
May 18th, 2012, 09:40 AM
I think it should be an indoors venue.
Istanbul is awesome but the championships are supposed to change cities and it should stay this way.
MSG in New York would be obviously great but other than that I'd like it better if it was somewhere in Europe.
The O2 arena would be nice. Otherwise, Zurich or somewhere in Germany.

Mr.Sharapova
May 18th, 2012, 10:16 AM
I think the colours are beautiful. You don't think so?

Actually no. I had a very hard time figuring out where the ball is going when watching matches last year in my computer. If the colors were to be on reverse than it would be much better in my opinion.

Petronius
May 18th, 2012, 10:28 AM
Do it like Eurovision does! Let the previous years winner's country host the event the next year...it will never happen though.

This might get very interesting if Azarenka won the tournament.

C. Drone
May 18th, 2012, 10:41 AM
if it has to be indoors what about Filderstadt or is that just another name for Stuttgart or are they seperate cities?

a smaller town near Stuttgart. No point bringing anything there.

In Germany better place would be Berlin, München or Rhine-Ruhr area.

Marcus1979
May 18th, 2012, 11:20 AM
I just think there should be more events in Germany, Its embarassing the lack of events there now.

I mean in early 2000s we had Hambvurg, Berlin and Filderstadt

now all we have is Stuttgart

Valanga
May 18th, 2012, 11:25 AM
But late October in Germany must be too cold for outdoor tennis isn't it? Stuttgart might be a good one but that means Porsche Grand Prix will be taken off from the calendar and moved to YEC...

Adrian.
May 18th, 2012, 12:28 PM
Munich or Berlin please :inlove::hearts:

Rolling-Thunder
May 18th, 2012, 12:58 PM
Send it to Madrid as redemption for this year's event. And the court can be blue, but carpet. They can use the neon balls they're considering for next year.

vozas
May 18th, 2012, 01:15 PM
There's an O2 in Berlin too.

kangwoo
May 18th, 2012, 01:47 PM
would hyderabad bid to organize who knows they might change the rules and make it as 10 players and award 2 wildcards and 1 of wc is especially for overated mirza?

organize for 3 years then mirza can get free points for 3 years

chingching
May 18th, 2012, 01:51 PM
It should go to country without GS. Like Germany

This might get very interesting if Azarenka won the tournament.

Belarus does have a dictator but they have a nice indoor arena IIRC. It shouldn't be that much of a problem. I like the eurovision idea