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this is an awesome thread, something that TF can easily crowdsource as well!
 

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2017 Attendance for WTA events (in date order by event)

Brisbane-96, 106 (combined event)Australian Open-728,763 (Combined event)
Indian Wells-439,000 (combined event)
Miami-304.643 (combined event)
Charleston (Volvo Car Open)-85,553, (7,491 for final)
Canadian Open-125,777 (7,997 for final won by Svitolina over Wozniacki)(Toronto)
New Haven--50,599 (4,911 for final. combined event with women as main attraction. At #10 in world Radwanska #1 seed)
United States Open--
691,143 (combined with men)...
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One aspect is how big the main stadiums are.
Stuttgart, Charleston, Singapore.. anyone know the size of the big stadiums?
They get good crowds, but there's always going to be a limit
 

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Wimbledon

2017 - 473,372
2016 - 493,928
2015 - 484,391
2014 - 491,084
2013 - 486,898
2012 - 484,805
2011 - 494,761
2010 - 489,946
2009 - 511,043 (A record)
1968 - 276,270

Roland Garros

2017 - 472,000 (a record) Nadal La Decima!
2016 - 456,000 (approx)
2015 - 463,328
2014 - 461,576
2013 - 428,751
2012 - 430,093
 

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One aspect is how big the main stadiums are.
Stuttgart, Charleston, Singapore.. anyone know the size of the big stadiums?
They get good crowds, but there's always going to be a limit
sold out with 4.500 Tickets - and i found a article saying for the 2016 final they even started to sell tickets with slight sight obstruction
 

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Originally Posted by Rollo
Had no idea the WTA added ball kids to the numbers!

https://www.backhand-city.com/blog/w...ndance-totals/


Posted by Arsenic Pretty sure there were a few early round international matches where the ballkids outnumbered the paying guests... but I think that article was an attempt at satire.
Thanks for noting that Arsenic-added in.

And nice work with Charleston numners Mienshao
 

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Posted by Soul Death Any stats from the Chinese tournaments? :tape:
I'm dying of curiosity. We are used to seeing a lot of empty stands, but impressions don't always tell the whole story. As Goldenlox pointed out the size of the stadium features a lot in this too. A half empty stadium of 10,000 still has more people than a full 2,000 seat facility.

Maybe some of our many Chinese, Japanese, and Korean posters can help. Seoul was packed this year, at least for the final!
 

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I'm dying of curiosity. We are used to seeing a lot of empty stands, but impressions don't always tell the whole story. As Goldenlox pointed out the size of the stadium features a lot in this too. A half empty stadium of 10,000 still has more people than a full 2,000 seat facility.

Maybe some of our many Chinese, Japanese, and Korean posters can help. Seoul was packed this year, at least for the final!
but a tight small 2.000 arena sold out sells a better picture to the TV-Viewer then a half-empty stadium with spooky zero atmophere ;)
but thats another topic
 

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Great project @Rollo!

I think we should be careful with corporate-speak and look for detailed primary press releases whenever possible. In WTA Finals Sets Records & Milestones about the 2014 WTA Finals, they say that "the event attracted more than 129,000 fans to the Singapore Sports Hub during the 10 days of tennis, entertainment and business with more than 93,000 attending the matches at the Singapore Indoor Stadium Center Court." So I think the actual attendance that should be listed for 2014 is 93,000, with the higher figure reported on tennis.com including those that went to the grounds for satellite activities but did not actually attend matches (are there other courts than the Center Court?). This is also stated in one of the sources you cited, "Besides 93,000 fans attending the matches, over 36,000 people visited the non-tennis activities."

Regarding the 2016 WTA Finals, we can safely say that attendance was less than 2015. In WTA Finals 2016 Sets All Time High Engagement Level With Fans Wordwide they talk about all kinds of increases in social media presence, TV reach, and even number of legends on site, but keep mum about attendance figures.

It would be interesting to report on statistics for comparable men's events if available. This might allow us to estimate attendance for the women's part of combined events. According to an article in the Singapore press, WTA Finals to move from Singapore to Manchester in 2019?, "London currently hosts the ATP Tour Finals, with its O2 Arena seeing annual spectator figures of over 260,000." Based on this, an interest ratio of about 3:1 would be a reasonable assumption, but on the other hand Singapore is not London in general.

According to the same article, attendance in 2015 and 2016 was less than 2014 ("The inaugural edition of the WTA Finals Singapore in 2014 attracted some 93,000 fans to the Indoor Stadium. However, attendances took a dip in 2015 and last year after fan favourite Serena Williams skipped both editions."). So I think the figure in your table of 130,000 for 2015 is not correct, which also applies to the statement that audiences over 100,000 in New York were matched in Singapore.
 

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Thats interesting! New Haven & Wuhan have 2 of the biggest courts, 15,000
 

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WTA Year-End Championships

2016--???? (In Singapore. Event held over 8 days)2015--130,000 (In Singapore. Event held over 11 days. No sellouts in 13 sessions)
2014--129,000 (In Singapore. Event held over 10 days. Serena Williams in field. 4 of 11 sellout sessions, 9,986 seat capacity)
2013--69,983 (In Istanbul. Sell out final of 16,000)
2012--73,072 (In Istanbul. the highest of any WTA year-end championships since 2000)
2011--70,824 (In Istanbul)
2017: 133,000 (according to WTA website) WTA Finals sets new records after fourth year in Singapore | WTA Tennis
 

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SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL | SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA

2017 - 58,736
2016 - 49,508
2015 - 56,301
2014 - 63,837
2013 - 78,393
2012 - 89,924

I'm quite sure the Sydney tournament used to attract over 100,000 spectators in the early 2000s.

As we all know, the Sydney women's event has traditionally attracted a strong field. However the men's event struggles to even attract top 20 players now (Nishikori at No.22 is the highest entrant for the 2018 tournament), when it used to attract a handful of top 10 players in the 2000s, along with the best in Australia (Hewitt was a four time winner).

In a sense, the Sydney tournament is also a victim of the success of the Australian Open. Tennis Australia has focused so much time, effort and money on growing it into the most attended tennis event in the world that many Sydneysiders would prefer to just jump on a plane and head to Melbourne for the Australian Open. I should know...I'm a Sydneysider and I've been to the Sydney tournament twice in the last six years, but I've been to the Australian Open the last three years in a row.

If Tennis Australia want to grow tennis in the largest city in Australia, I think they need to seriously reconsider their schedule of events leading up to the Australian Open. The Brisbane tournament is effectively operating at its physical capacity. Without spending money on new stadia, it really hasn't got anywhere to grow. Sydney on the other hand has a stadium court almost double the size of the Brisbane tournament, but it is comparatively underused. Tennis Australia could switch the Sydney tournament to the first week and secure a stronger men's field that would definitely attract fans back to the tennis...

This could be somewhat detrimental to the Brisbane event, but it would be more beneficial to the sport in this country overall.

Sources:
https://www.tennis.com.au/nsw/?sub-site=Tennis+NSW&s=Annual report&type=document
Sydney International in danger of losing its significance as crowds plummet and stars go missing
 
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