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wateva
Dec 21st, 2012, 02:37 AM
:shrug:

"While we're here, multiple sources say that Singapore is the likely new home of the year-end championships."

Link:
http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/tennis/news/20121219/mailbag-us-open-schedule/

iGOAT
Dec 21st, 2012, 02:41 AM
Much better than the other options :). Hopefully this means that Singapore will get a regular tournament too :).

sweetadri06
Dec 21st, 2012, 02:44 AM
Well i guess it could be worse, just don't know how the crowds are going to be. It's really too bad that Istanbul can't be the permanent host. WTA always ruins a good thing for no reason.

njnetswill
Dec 21st, 2012, 02:49 AM
Aren't Singaporeans too busy being emotionless bankers to cheer on tennis? :oh: :tape:

In The Zone
Dec 21st, 2012, 04:12 AM
Makes sense - it'll help strengthen the Asian swing <insert Serena's Rome and Madrid laugh here>.

WTA killed the YEC by moving it out of NY. And then, LA found its footing, and then they moved it again. Dead, dead and more dead.

Julian.
Dec 21st, 2012, 04:36 AM
^ Istanbul is very much alive though :lol:

wateva
Dec 22nd, 2012, 12:24 AM
confirmation?? :eek:

http://tennis.si.com/2012/12/19/singapore-wta-championships/?sct=tn_t2_a9

HawkAussie
Dec 22nd, 2012, 12:34 AM
Yes for Singapore

Mynarco
Dec 22nd, 2012, 12:36 AM
I'm so there. I'm such a closeted Singaporean fanboy

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 22nd, 2012, 01:49 AM
I have no Idea why they are deciding to move the venue now after the huge success that this tournament has been in Istanbul :facepalm:.

ElusiveChanteuse
Dec 22nd, 2012, 03:24 AM
Nice.:cheer: May go there someday?:oh:

Furzel
Dec 22nd, 2012, 03:39 AM
Aren't Singaporeans too busy being emotionless bankers to cheer on tennis? :oh: :tape:

Yeah, let's move it to Panama :lol:

coolfish1103
Dec 22nd, 2012, 04:03 AM
I have no Idea why they are deciding to move the venue now after the huge success that this tournament has been in Istanbul :facepalm:.

Maybe no one in Istanbul wants to pay that hefty amount to host the YEC?

It's not like they earned a lot from the tickets.

aussiesharapova
Dec 22nd, 2012, 05:17 AM
this would be interesting, though i can already sorta imagine a bit of a boring crowd.. :o

Meelis
Dec 22nd, 2012, 06:59 AM
I have no Idea why they are deciding to move the venue now after the huge success that this tournament has been in Istanbul :facepalm:.

Maybe no one in Istanbul wants to pay that hefty amount to host the YEC?

It's not like they earned a lot from the tickets.

Istanbul has it (mainly) to help their 2020 Olympics bid.

Halepsova
Dec 22nd, 2012, 08:38 AM
:woohoo:
Very short trip for me. I'm soooooooo going there. :cheer:

Z1988
Dec 22nd, 2012, 09:50 AM
Location-wise, Singapore may be the best out of the four options; though I think there are a lot other places around the world that would have been a greater place to end a season, like London for the men's tour now. :shrug:

spiceboy
Dec 22nd, 2012, 10:01 AM
WTA killed the YEC by moving it out of NY. And then, LA found its footing, and then they moved it again. Dead, dead and more dead.

:haha: :haha: :haha:

Both Madrid and now Istanbul were bigger success than LA. By far.

Sombrerero loco
Dec 22nd, 2012, 05:00 PM
i prefer europe to singapore

hingis-seles
Dec 22nd, 2012, 08:03 PM
:haha: :haha: :haha:

Both Madrid and now Istanbul were bigger success than LA. By far.

I know, right? LA would have like 3 people in the stands.

Sammo
Dec 22nd, 2012, 08:22 PM
Cool, definitely my favourite candidate

Thirty All
Dec 22nd, 2012, 10:13 PM
Terrible for tennis. The YEC needs to move to the western world, to gain more popularity in places like the U.S., France, Germany, Britain, etc. That's why the New York and Munich and Madrid venues were successful. The recent Doha/ Istanbul/ and possibly Singapore are what's helping ruin the popularity of tennis. Mexico City is the only okay place for the new venue, but even that's not even close to ideal. I would prefer Milan or Amsterdam or Lisbon.

There's a reason why men's tennis is popular, in part by the London YEC

Mr.Sharapova
Dec 22nd, 2012, 10:18 PM
^Excuse you but Istanbul was a huge success. I've never seen such enthusiastic crowds in any even this year compared to Istanbul.

babsi
Dec 22nd, 2012, 10:39 PM
I guess Singapore is the best option of the four choices. If it does move there you really need to move the Asian swing to before that tournament and possibly have the depleted European indoor events before. My fear is the WTA will use the WTA Championships move to Asia to kill them even more and even try to get rid of them.

Mattographer
Dec 22nd, 2012, 11:26 PM
Terrible for tennis. The YEC needs to move to the western world, to gain more popularity in places like the U.S., France, Germany, Britain, etc. That's why the New York and Munich and Madrid venues were successful. The recent Doha/ Istanbul/ and possibly Singapore are what's helping ruin the popularity of tennis. Mexico City is the only okay place for the new venue, but even that's not even close to ideal. I would prefer Milan or Amsterdam or Lisbon.

There's a reason why men's tennis is popular, in part by the London YEC

LA was even worse than Doha! LA holds the record for poorest attendance in the YEC's history :tape:


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JarkaFish
Dec 22nd, 2012, 11:44 PM
Odd that LA wasn't pulling in numbers, WTA was pretty big back then and you had hometown girls Serena/Venus competing. :confused:

tommyk75
Dec 23rd, 2012, 01:28 AM
To be honest, the YEC have pretty much become just a money-grab for the WTA. They ship it off to the highest bidder, usually an area that's not particularly interested in tennis (at least not long-term) but willing to pay $$$ for publicity to nab bigger events like the Olympics.

It's hurt the event, but it's made the WTA financially very secure in a tough economic time, so I think they're actually doing the smart thing. And really, the YEC is just a glorified Tier 1+ that's nowhere near the Slams in prestige. So why not cash in?

InsideOut.
Dec 23rd, 2012, 02:17 AM
Yes maybe I can go then! :woohoo:

Lucyxx
Dec 23rd, 2012, 04:55 AM
I don't see why not. Sharapova has a good following there. The fans seem to like tennis in general. You've got Singapore members here on tennis forum_com. Good for them if they can snatch it!

The Singapore/Malaysia area IMO puts on good events. Singapore has hosted a golf event since '61. I can see this being a good fit for the WTA.

Singapore Tennis Association:

http://www.singtennis.org.sg/

tripwires
Dec 23rd, 2012, 11:17 AM
Interesting, but I'm not too hopeful that the tournament would be a huge success here. The turn-out for the women exho in Singapore last year was abysmal; the stadium where the matches were held was probably only 20% full. My impression is that the tennis fans are more into the ATP than the WTA, though perhaps Sharapova would help bring in the crowd.

spiceboy
Dec 23rd, 2012, 12:04 PM
To be honest, the YEC have pretty much become just a money-grab for the WTA. They ship it off to the highest bidder, usually an area that's not particularly interested in tennis (at least not long-term) but willing to pay $$$ for publicity to nab bigger events like the Olympics.

It's hurt the event, but it's made the WTA financially very secure in a tough economic time, so I think they're actually doing the smart thing. And really, the YEC is just a glorified Tier 1+ that's nowhere near the Slams in prestige. So why not cash in?

Totally agree. But in the end, it is a bit sad because this is WTA biggest event of the year so it is kinda sad to see stands like LA or Doha when they had the magic in the Madison Square Garden or the fiery fans in Madrid or Istanbul.

Mattographer
Dec 23rd, 2012, 01:14 PM
Odd that LA wasn't pulling in numbers, WTA was pretty big back then and you had hometown girls Serena/Venus competing. :confused:

I remember reading that Monica Seles bumped into some friends in LA while she was in the town for the YEC. Her friends has no idea about the YEC due to lack of public advertising :o


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duhcity
Dec 23rd, 2012, 01:46 PM
Totally agree. But in the end, it is a bit sad because this is WTA biggest event of the year so it is kinda sad to see stands like LA or Doha when they had the magic in the Madison Square Garden or the fiery fans in Madrid or Istanbul.

I don't think the YEC in MSG would be successful today to be completely honest. Ticket prices in the venue, from concerts to the Knicks have been on the rise, I can't imagine what the price levels would be like if it was promoted there.

Sammo
Dec 23rd, 2012, 01:56 PM
I remember reading that Monica Seles bumped into some friends in LA while she was in the town for the YEC. Her friends has no idea about the YEC due to lack of public advertising :o


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In The Zone
Dec 23rd, 2012, 03:06 PM
I know, right? LA would have like 3 people in the stands.

Not in terms of attendance, etc. But LA was starting to be legitimate for the tour.

The constant moving of the event will never help.

M.P
Dec 23rd, 2012, 03:20 PM
singapore :eek: so close, hope i can go!!!

Banditoo
Dec 23rd, 2012, 03:53 PM
It's great tactical decision. They promote their product in Asia where tennis players are highly popular. On the other hand, Europe is no more good place where they can sell their product. WTA needs safety and they can expect it in the face of Asia!

PhilePhile
Dec 23rd, 2012, 07:08 PM
Not in terms of attendance, etc. But LA was starting to be legitimate for the tour.

The constant moving of the event will never help.

:oh:

knoxt
Dec 23rd, 2012, 08:52 PM
Singapore is fine.. but I think they should bring it back to LA.

Mattographer
Dec 24th, 2012, 03:08 AM
Singapore is fine.. but I think they should bring it back to LA.

LA is a big no-no. The worst attendance of YEC ever!


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WonderfulLee
Dec 24th, 2012, 07:10 AM
i can see all Indonesian tennis fans will go to Singapore for this event, including me!

bobito
Dec 24th, 2012, 08:02 AM
Doha, Istanbul, Singapore... Is it now a precondition of hosting the WTA Championships that the country must never have produced a single player that even the most ardent tennis fan has heard of? I'm all for spreading the popularity of the game but this is the WTA's marquee event. Wouldn't it have more credibility if it were held in a country that people associate with the game?

Juju Nostalgique
Dec 24th, 2012, 11:17 AM
There are emotionless bankers in Andorra too!!! Please!!! :sobbing:

Furzel
Dec 24th, 2012, 08:23 PM
We cannot compete with Panama
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2251272/Latin-America-worlds-happiest-region-Panama-Paraguay-boasting-cheerful-people.html


There was the "clash of continents" a couple of weeks ago.

The attendance has been okay with Hantuchova...

In the nothern part of Singapore there is an atp challenger tournament since 2010..

Ladies literally can drive into the shopping malls ;)

Trickle
Dec 24th, 2012, 09:43 PM
http://images.forbes.com/media/2009/09/09/0909_stacey-allaster_170x170.jpg
Can somebody burgle Stacey Allaster's home and ransack the crack that bitch has been smoking for the past how many years she's been ruining the tour? Every single decision she makes is a big mindfuck. I don't mind Singapore per se, but it's obvious the country does not have an established fanbase. They might as well hold the championships in Australia and just call the Australian summer season, Dejavu.

Buitenzorg
Dec 25th, 2012, 05:53 AM
yes to Singapore :)