Dec 26th, 2002, 11:01 PM
Folks, can we say appearance fees? ;)
Dec 27th, 2002, 12:27 AM
I'd go just for the hotel!
But, Dubai has a lot of money to spend and attract tourists, and this is becoming a really lucritive tournament to win. I wouldn't doubt if they buy Berlin's sponsorship rights in 2 years of something when German Tennis goes bankrupt for good.
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:23 AM
Wow, the top 3 in the world will play dubai!!!!!! That's a very good entry list for them!
Amelie will have a hard time to defend I guess!
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:25 AM
I highly doubt if any of the top 3 will play
Jen was already on the list which came out 2 weeks ago
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:52 AM
Hmmm I am a bit dubious.... When Venus and Serena had entered the same Tier 2 before, one has always pulled out (eg Tokyo 2001)... Plus, without bringing politics into it, if MadMan Bush declares war on MadMan Saddam - then I doubt any of the American players will go anywhere near Dubai, or of the tournament will go on at all.....
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:53 AM
does anyone have the full committment lists for Doha and Dubai?
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:56 AM
Lets hope for peace because 3 top players playing a tournament in Dubai can only help further the game of tennis...
Lets also hope that someone talks some sense into madman Bush and his war cronies.
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:57 AM
i second that... as it would be amazing for a Tier 2 event to get the top 3 plus Henin and Mauresmo...