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12 nations playing for six days in April (on clay)

Qualification in February.

$18 million prize-money.


Ummmm ok....
 

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Budapest will play on clay.
 

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sounds great to me:shrug:

18 million in prize money is A LOT and will ensure top players actually show up ,April is a great month as nothing much is going on that month and it being on red clay will give players practice for the clay season .

great job itf:yeah:
 

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Why don't they at least wait to see how the men's new Davis Cup format pans out before following blindly?
ITF refused to wait..german tennis federation boss :

wir haben darum gebeten, uns das neue Format des Davis Cups in diesem Jahr erst einmal anzuschauen und zu warten, bevor man den Fed Cup angleicht. Letztendlich sind wir aber machtlos“
We asked the ITF to wait and see the new DC this year but they don´t listen..
 

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Will be interested to see the detail of this - eg any automatic acceptances into Finals and the actual formation/venues for regional/qualifier/play-off comps.
 

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That is indeed a lot of money. :eek: Hope Stuttgart won't suffer from this.

Having this on clay is good for the players and the clay season preparation. But to make it a fair competition surface shouldn't always be the same IMO.
 

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Terrible plan, terrible concept.

The current system of home and away ties works much better and it is true to the spirit of Fed Cup tennis. One of the most important rules in life....if it ain't broke don't try to fix it. This rule applies to so many things both big and small and it absolutely applies to Fed Cup.
 

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So Budapest will have 2 MM tournaments AND Fed Cup finals?

What is the reason of this big interest in WTA for Budapest?
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That is indeed a lot of money. :eek: Hope Stuttgart won't suffer from this.

Having this on clay is good for the players and the clay season preparation. But to make it a fair competition surface shouldn't always be the same IMO.
This, also how the hell is Budapest fair as a neutral ground when Hungary will also be qualified there by default for each of the three years? Not that their team is good enough to pose any danger for the top teams, but still, this seems not that well thought out.

But the money is very good, so that might sway a couple players. What's really unfortunate is that atmosphere you had playing home will not be there anymore, and that could ultimately kill the competition. Really the only thing I can see keeping this alive is the money, because that sure is a lot of money.

Anyone has any idea what the prize money total was this year for Fed Cup?
 

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Best player from Hungary : WTA #125 Timea Babos....just lost to #Lisicki in Q1 Wimbledon ...:rolleyes:
 

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Best player from Hungary : WTA #125 Timea Babos....just lost to #Lisicki in Q1 Wimbledon ...:rolleyes:
My point exactly, but it's still not fair for the other girls to not play home. If they really want to do it this way it should be the Eurovision model, let the winner host next year. But that creates other sort of problems because not all countries have the infrastructure to host an event like this with less than a year to prepare for it. So it would turn into a complete mess faster than you can shake a stick at it.

I'm also not saying the way Fed Cup has functioned so far was by any means perfect, but at least it created this soccer-like atmosphere unlike anything we see for a normal tennis match. And that was pretty fun to watch, especially the doubles matches.
 

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So Budapest will have 2 MM tournaments AND Fed Cup finals?

What is the reason of this big interest in WTA for Budapest?
The same reason as always:


That is indeed a lot of money. :eek: Hope Stuttgart won't suffer from this.

Having this on clay is good for the players and the clay season preparation. But to make it a fair competition surface shouldn't always be the same IMO.
If Stuttgart is played the week after the Fed Cup finals, it seems inevitable it would suffer.
 

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If Stuttgart is played the week after the Fed Cup finals, it seems inevitable it would suffer.
The good thing is obviously everyone being in Europe so scenarios where the whole German team had to play in Australia the weekend before is not happening anymore. I don't know how the concept will look like in the end but it sounds like many matches and with that much money on the line players will probably prioritize this over Stuttgart which would be a shame. :(
 
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