View Full Version : Qualies Closed to the Public

auntie janie
Oct 21st, 2003, 01:41 PM
For tennis fans in the Philadelphia area, I thought I ought to post this bad news.

I just found out that the private health club where the qualifying rounds will be held (this Friday through Sunday), will not allow the public in to watch the matches. Members and their guests only may attend.

Nice move, WTA. What a great way to rid pro tennis of its country-club image, build a larger fan base, and get fans excited about new players. :p :p :p :p :p

Oct 21st, 2003, 01:49 PM
wow - thats a really "smart" decision

Oct 21st, 2003, 03:09 PM
:lol: :rolleyes: Great decision Philly

Oct 21st, 2003, 04:06 PM
I really dislike Philadelphia..

But I guess the problem is tournament, who would not want to pay for another weekend of the same venue. And so they found the cheapest solution, and because, obviously private club cannot give a free admission, and also not licensed to hold sports/entertainment events with tickets sold, they did it that way.

Everything is simple, no one really wants this tournament, but WTA needs it because YEC are held in USA.

Oct 21st, 2003, 08:26 PM
I don't think it's a bad tournament. You get really up close to the players, every seat in the place is a good seat.

Any Philadelphia area posters, is the qualifying held at Healthplex, in Springfield? I thought I read that somewhere.

Oct 21st, 2003, 08:47 PM
it's a great tournament when it comes to the main draw because the pavillion where it is held is small and so you are really close to the court. but this decision sucks

Oct 21st, 2003, 08:59 PM
I think that'S really wrong...Well to the other tennis fans...Come to Quebec's qualies...you are almost lying on the court with them ;)

Oct 22nd, 2003, 07:30 AM
Philly :o

auntie janie
Oct 22nd, 2003, 12:55 PM
Any Philadelphia area posters, is the qualifying held at Healthplex, in Springfield? I thought I read that somewhere.

Yep, that's right. So if you are a member there, or if you know a member who is willing to take you, you are allowed to attend.

This must be a pretty nice club -- the Sixers used to work out there.

ys, thanks for the explanations about the licensing, etc.

As for the tournament itself, I agree, it's a great venue. And in the past it had unbelievably great fields. I hope that will happen again in future. As for this year, I am going one day next week despite the weak field. It's still tennis, up-close and personal! :)

Oct 22nd, 2003, 01:16 PM
You can volunteer to work the qually matches and you get to see the tennis up close. I am too busy at work this year and I didn't get a chance to do it but it is really fun.

Oct 22nd, 2003, 06:05 PM
I've played at healthplex a few times, it's a nice place, but I'm not a member and I won't be around anyway.

Oct 22nd, 2003, 10:45 PM
I'm sure WTA doesn't want to show us the embarrassment of such a weak qualy draw. Wait and see...