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Old Jul 21st, 2002, 05:29 PM   #1
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The 'Developmental' Tour

Tier III, IV and V tournaments.

The big girls don't get down here much. Venus did start her year down here. Monica and Jelena visit regularly. (Jelena because she'd discorporate if she took a week off. Monica because (as near as I can tell) she needs/needed the points.) But this isn't the usual realm of top ten players. It isn't even the realm of top twenty players. In 23 tournaments, the winners have only been top 20 players five times. They just don't play in tournaments this small.

Which is good. The Tier III, IV V's are almost a developmental tour. You don't go home to work on your game if you're a good player. You play Tier III's and Tier IV's while you work things out. Then go up to the big tour for more points, more exposure, more prize money and more endorsements. Look at Anna Smashnova. She's won three small tournaments this year, and got her game in shape. Now she's doing well enough in the big tournaments for a top 20 ranking. Textbook example.

One other note. They play a lot more clay down here than the big girls do. 17 out of 36 Tier III, IV and V tournaments are on clay. (16 red, 1 green.) Nearly half. Only 6 out of 31 GS, Tier I and Tier II tournaments are played on clay.

Code:
t4 12-31-01 Auckland     Smashnova  def Panova        6-2 6-2      HO
                                                                     
T3 12-31-02 Gold Coast   V.Williams def Henin         7-5 6-2      HO 
                                                                     
t5 01-07-02 Canberra     Smashnova  def Tanasugarn    7-5 7-6      HO
                                                                     
t5 01-07-02 Hobart       Sucha      def Garrigues     7-6 6-1      HO
                                                                     
t3 02-11-02 Doha         Seles      def Tanasugarn    7-6 6-3      HO
                                                                     
t3 02-18-02 Bogota       Zuluaga    def Srebotnik     6-1 6-4      RC
                                                                     
t3 02-18-02 Memphis      Raymond    def Stevenson     4-6 6-3 7-6  HI
                                                                     
t3 02-25-02 Acapulco     Srebotnik  def Suarez        6-7 6-4 6-2  RC
                                                                     
t4 04-01-02 Porto        Montolio   def Serna         6-1 2-6 7-5  RC
                                                                     
t4 04-01-02 Sarasota     Dokic      def Panova        6-2 6-2      GC
                                                                     
t4 04-08-01 Estoril      Serna      def Barna         6-4 6-2      RC 
                                                                     
t5 04-15-02 Budapest     Muller     def Casanova      6-2 3-6 6-4  RC 
                                                                     
t3 04-29-02 Bol          Svensson   def Majoli        6-3 4-6 6-1  RC
                                                                     
t4 05-06-02 Warsaw       Bovina     def Nagyova       6-3 6-1      RC 
                                                                     
t3 05-20-02 Madrid       Seles      def Rubin         6-4 6-2      RC 
                                                                     
t3 05-20-02 Strasbourg   Farina     def Dokic         6-4 3-6 6-3  RC
                                                                     
t3 06-10-02 Birmingham   Dokic      def Myskina       6-2 6-3      GR
                                                                     
t4 06-10-02 Tashkent     Mikaelian  def Poutchek      6-4 6-4      HO
                                                                     
t3 06-10-02 Vienna       Smashnova  def Tulyaganova   6-4 6-1      RC
                                                                     
t3 06-17-02 Ordina       Daniilidou def Dementieva    3-6 6-2 6-3  GR
                                                                     
t4 07-08-02 Brussels     Casanova   def ASV           4-6 6-2 6-1  RC
                                                                     
t5 07-08-02 Casablanca   Wartusch   def Koukalova     5-7 6-3 6-3  RC 
                                                                     
t5 07-08-02 Palermo      Diaz-Oliva def Zvonareva     6-7 6-1 6-3  RC
                                                                     
t3 07-22-02 Sopot                                                  RC        
t4 07-29-02 Basel                                                  RC
t5 08-05-02 Helsinki                                               RC

t4 09-09-02 Shanghai                                               HO

t4 09-09-02 Big Island                                             HO

t3 09-16-02 Quebec City                                            HI

t3 09-23-02 Bali                                                   HO
t3 09-30-02 Tokyo                                                  HO
t4 10-07-02 Aarhus                                                 SI
t5 10-14-02 Bratislava                                             HI
t3 10-21-02 Seat                                                   SI

t5 10-28-02 Surabaya                                               HO

t5 11-04-02 Pattaya City                                           HO
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12 HO - Hard Outdoor
 3 HI - Hard Indoor
16 RC - Red Clay
 1 GC - Green Clay
 2 GR - Grass
 2 SI - Supreme Indoor

36 TT - Total
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Old Jul 21st, 2002, 06:10 PM   #2
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You realize there's not very many faster surface tournaments for the lower ranked players (i.e. grass and indoor)....i think that it's kind of unfair because I think players like Hopkins and Molik are just as talented as some claycourters, and the clay courters can get to ranks such as 25 just by playing in these lower tiered clay events that are not offered indoors and on grass.

Top 20 players at the time playing in these lower tiered events:
Winners in CAPS

Gold Coast
WILLIAMS
Henin
Shaughnessy
Farina Elia
Testud

Doha
SELES
Testud
Sanchez-Vicario

Memphis
Coetzer

Acapulco
Dementieva
Sanchez-Vicario
Coetzer

Sarasota
DOKIC
Shaughnessy
Sanchez-Vicario

Bol
Dementieva

Madrid
SELES
Sanchez-Vicario
Tanasugarn

Strasbourg
Dokic
FARINA ELIA
Shaughnessy
Tulyaganova

Birmingham
DOKIC
Testud
Tanasugarn
Maleeva

Vienna
Farina Elia
Tulyaganova
Schnyder

Rosmalen
Clijsters
Henin
Mauresmo
Dementieva
Maleeva

interestingly, though, if you look at it this way, in only 6 out of 11 tournaments where top 20 players entered, did they win. Raymond, Srebotnik, Svensson, Smashnova(who is now top 20), and Daniilidou won those tournaments. So, I guess at times they're not as successful as they should be in these tournaments. Although, when a top 10 player such as Williams, Dokic, or Seles enters, they generally win.
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Old Jul 21st, 2002, 06:17 PM   #3
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I wish more events were added in the US during the fall season....kinda like an oppossing season (like now..clay tournaments during the hard season).

It would benefit the non-claycourters that are ranked outside the top 20 tremendously.
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Old Jul 21st, 2002, 08:03 PM   #4
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Ooooooh I have an idea:
Rebound Ace Season: Big Tour- Australia/Asia
Little Tour: Africa
Clay Court/Grass Court Seasons: Big Tour- Europe
Little Tour- N. America
Hard Court/Indoor Seasons: Big Tour- N. America
Little Tour- Europe
Ace Season: January/February
Clay Season: March/April
Grass Season: May/June
Hard Season: July/August
Indoor Season: September/October
I will come up with a tournament schedule later
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Old Jul 22nd, 2002, 03:54 AM   #5
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A couple more Tier II clay tournaments would do more good than harm, IMHO.
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Old Jul 22nd, 2002, 12:11 PM   #6
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IMO... grass is the surface that needs more tournaments...

But that might result in too many fast court tournies, so clay might be added as well I guess. But I think grass is the best surface for players... least stressful on bodies, plus, shorter matches.
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