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GoGoMaggie
Apr 16th, 2003, 02:50 AM
Most of the high tier clay tournies have a 64 draw size as opposed to most of the high tier hard court and indoor events. A match on clay is supposed to be more exhausting than the rest of the surfaces because of long gruelling rallies. Is there any specific reason behind?? Or it's just the way some tournaments are formatted?

GoGoMaggie
Apr 16th, 2003, 04:09 AM
Any idea?

Rollo
Apr 16th, 2003, 04:25 AM
Well, indoor events just can't handle the high number players for the most part. High tier hard court events (IW, Miami, Canada) also have large draws for the most part I think.

Darkheart
Apr 16th, 2003, 04:27 AM
This has been asked before.

The main factor is how many matches can you fit into a week, considering these factors:

1. number of courts
2. doubles matches
3. daily start times
4. if there are men's matches also

GoGoMaggie
Apr 16th, 2003, 04:56 AM
Thanks guys. I kinda understand why now.

coolio
Apr 16th, 2003, 05:38 AM
This has been asked before.

The main factor is how many matches can you fit into a week, considering these factors:

1. number of courts
2. doubles matches
3. daily start times
4. if there are men's matches also
absolutely......
and court number is probably the most important factor,
looking at Tier I
Zurich, Moscow, Tokyo are all indoor.....
thus 28/32/16 is teir draw size,

of course Miami and Indian Wells are larger 96/48/32

clay Tier I's are 56/32/16 size (Charleston, Berlin, Rome)
but u have to realize that Toronto is also 56/32/16,
but it's not on clay, just a big larger......

Amelie Island is probably the only clay also green clay Tier II,
it's unique, and 48/16/16, i wouldnt call that large...
even Tier III Birmingham is larger..........


so it's not that clay high tier I's are larger......
there are other tier I/II events on hardcourt that's
about the same size....