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Isn't in interesting that this tournament is returning this year to Philadelphia, and it's in the same warm-up slot for the tournaments leading up to the WTA Championships- which moved to California! :lol:
 

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That's fine and dandy, but I sure hope we get a stellar field, but from the looks of it, we won't.
 

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i dont see it as funny at all.

it was like the only big american city without a tournament (or so it seems), and they needed a place for warm-up that wasn't an ocean away
 

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i dont see it as funny at all.

it was like the only big american city without a tournament (or so it seems), and they needed a place for warm-up that wasn't an ocean away
Seattle, Washington?
Portland, Oregon?
San Francisco, California?

Don't get me wrong- I'm glad it's back in Villanova. Anyone whose seen matches there can attest- it's one of the best places to see tennis- not a bad seat in the house, and very intimate- almost like watching a high school basketball game. I got both of my Steffi Graf autographs at the Advanta Championships. I just think there should be more indoor events out West.
 

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more indoor events out west? Are you kidding me? There are so many tournaments out there already, even if they are outdoors. There's already an event near San Francisco, in Stanford, and Seattle and Portland's metro populations are nowhere close to the size of Philadelphia, and some of the other major eastern cities such as Boston and Washington DC that deserve tournaments.
 

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Is there a commitment list for the tournament yet?
 

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Only known entrant is Serena so far. I'm hoping she's healthy to play and I hope most of the other top Americans enter as well.
 

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Cybelle Darkholme said:
Is there a commitment list for the tournament yet?
Perhaps Placid Parisian Plays Philly; Peppermint Patty Positively Prohibited Per "Protector". :eek:
 

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I'm not so sure how good the entry list will be this year. Serena is scheduled to play, but who knows whether she will be fit on time. The Belgians won't play as they are playing in Europe the week before in Linz and Luxenbourg.

Lindsay is injured and Venus won't play if Serena is scheduled... so that could leave just Jennifer and Chanda among the top 10 if Serena is still injured.

I suspect that those ranked 8-11 may play such as Myskina and Dementieva as they try and pick up last minute points to play in LA... But below that I don't see many of the European players making the trip to the US for one event at the end of a long European Indoor Season, plus there is also a Tier 111 in North America the same week in Quebec.

If I was the WTA I would swap Luxembourg and Quebec so that Quebec leads into Philadelphia and Luxembourg follows Linz.
 

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Move Stanford from the start of the US hardcourt season to Oakland (which was an indoor tournament in its day) the week after Philadelphia. Oakland thus fills the slot currently occupied by Philly. It just means all the other tournaments start a week earlier.
 

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Washington D.C. no longer has a WTA event
 

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more indoor events out west? Are you kidding me? There are so many tournaments out there already, even if they are outdoors. There's already an event near San Francisco, in Stanford, and Seattle and Portland's metro populations are nowhere close to the size of Philadelphia, and some of the other major eastern cities such as Boston and Washington DC that deserve tournaments.
I think an indoor tournament in Seattle would do well, actually. The city itself has about 470,000 people, and the metro Seattle-Tacoma region has roughly 3,500,00 people, and the kind of weather that promotes attendance at indoor events. How about an indoor event in Denver, Colorado? Now there's sharing the wealth! The way it is now, Philadelphia is stuck out in the middle of nowhere with regard to it being a stop-off.
 

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I put my name in a few months ago to volunteer for this event and haven't heard back...
do you think I should re-contact them?????
 

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ColinB said:
I suspect that those ranked 8-11 may play such as Myskina and Dementieva as they try and pick up last minute points to play in LA... But below that I don't see many of the European players making the trip to the US for one event at the end of a long European Indoor Season, plus there is also a Tier 111 in North America the same week in Quebec.
Believe you they will
if they travel to Pattaya City after weeks of indoor events and that is just a Tier V in Thailand, they will come to Phili as well.
 

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I put my name in a few months ago to volunteer for this event and haven't heard back...
do you think I should re-contact them?????
I'm assuming you put in to volunteer with the USTA MiddleStates Section. If you didn't, let me know, and I'd be glad to give you a phone number to call. I did it a few years ago, and it was great!
 

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well, I went to the advanta website and they had a link to volunteer, and that is what I filled in...
 

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well, I went to the advanta website and they had a link to volunteer, and that is what I filled in...
I have a call in to USTA MiddleStates- I'll let you know what they say. Are you a USTA member?
 

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I find it hard to believe that Dallas, Chicago and Houston don't have major tournaments -- at the same time, it's good that other parts of the world are now willing to support women's tennis. When the women's pro game was getting started, there were tons of tournaments in the U.S. because the rest of the world could have cared less about women's tennis. Thankfully that has changed!
 

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I find it hard to believe that Dallas, Chicago and Houston don't have major tournaments -- at the same time, it's good that other parts of the world are now willing to support women's tennis. When the women's pro game was getting started, there were tons of tournaments in the U.S. because the rest of the world could have cared less about women's tennis. Thankfully that has changed!
How about Atlanta? You guys in the Southeast have the highest number of USTA Leage Tennis participants per capita- and they are the tennis fans who fill the seats. Why not Atlanta, then Houston or Dallas on the way to LA?

Oh, and always nice to hear from you, Jem!
 

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there are a lot of major cities in the east that dont see enough tennis. cali already as their fair share and dont take advantage of it.

so fuck cali... the attendance at the championships last year was PATHETIC. bring the championships back east side, and leave philly where its at.



why the hell would you suggest atlanta instead of philly? how is that improving anything at all?

i dont think attendance will be a problem with the advanta, cos theres always the pa, jersey, maryland, delaware, dc folks that couldnt make it up to the open.
 
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