Good Luck Caro in 2019!
Hi Marlene, har du selv været ved Båstad turneringen? Der findes ikke et bedre sted til en WTA turnering også... imo. As I has been there, even it a small town...
Yeah, I heard similar things from the Rio Open organizers. But it's the first time I hear there are actual plans to bring it back (this tweet has another quote, but I'm not sure if it's about the WTA event). Like you said, I can't find any more details or another report so I wouldn't expect much anyway.I think it's just wishful thinking at this point. The Båstad tournament was basically struggling to stay afloat for the entirety of its existence, and it sounds highly unlikely they've suddenly discovered the magic fix for it. And the location was really the root of all the problems, so I'm even more sceptical of a revival in the same location.
I also checked the other Swedish news: nothing.
Ja, jeg har vært i Båstad-byen, men ikke samme uke som WTA turneringen. Vi bodde i et sommerhus i nærheten. (Nærmere Torekov enn Båstad, men vi var i bil).Hi Marlene, har du selv været ved Båstad turneringen? Der findes ikke et bedre sted til en WTA turnering også... imo. As I has been there, even it a small town...
Quite frankly, I think it's just another way to promote this year's men's tournament (by putting ATP-Båstad in the news). "We're working very hard to bring the WTA tournament back to Båstad, because it would be very nice to have it in addition to our ATP tournament. Blah blah blah, did you hear we have an ATP tournament in Båstad!? It begins on Monday, tickets here...".Yeah, I heard similar things from the Rio Open organizers. But it's the first time I hear there are actual plans to bring it back (this tweet has another quote, but I'm not sure if it's about the WTA event). Like you said, I can't find any more details or another report so I wouldn't expect much anyway.
Det må ha vært 2015. Det var året hvor Serena Williams spillet én kamp og trakk seg. To år før hadde det vært Williams-Larsson i finalen. Men uten et navn som Serena Williams har turneringen ikke kunne tiltrekke nok folk til å løpe rundt. De siste to årene har der vært gratis adgang mandag-torsdag (fredag?) fordi de ikke kunne selge billetter. Angelique Kerber var trekkplaster i 2016, men hun er ikke like "stor" som Serena Williams og trakk seg dessuten etter første runde. Siste år var det Caroline Wozniacki, og det var nok især et forsøk på å tiltrekke folk fra København/Nordsjælland. Wozniacki nådde helt til finalen, men igjen var det et problem med mangel på overnattningsmuligheter i Båstad. Folk vil ikke køre 2-3+ timer hver vei i flere dager i strekk, og slett ikke med brobilletten oveni.Men jeg har siden tænkt over hvor alle de folk kom fra! I had travel far to be there...
Yes, it's possible if you really, really, really, really want to. But the hassle-to-tennis ratio was driving away too many potentially interested visitors. Especially when the tournament didn't have a big name like Serena Williams.Marlene, One i know from Sjælland stayed at a hotel 12 KM from Båstad and was there de 3 free days, so it possible… From eks. Halmstad its a hour drive i think…
I had to stay at a hotel in Helsingør in Denmark, the night before and the night after, as I went from Jylland by train…
1a) Why Båstad - see: History of the Swedish Open.A couple of questions to add to WTA/Båstad discussion...
1) Why not Stockholm?
2a) Was Arvidsson really that much more popular than JoLa? I had honestly never heard of her until I came in here, although I didn't follow tennis as closely back when she played.
2b) Was there a bigger Swedish name on the women's side previously?
1) Maybe they can buy the Tashkent license?1a) Why Båstad - see: History of the Swedish Open.
1b) With the current WTA calendar an indoor tournament in Stockholm in October or February is probably an option.
2a) Yes, Sofia Arvidsson was a much bigger name than Johanna. She made the final of the Junior Aus Open when she was 16 years old, so she got attention from an early age. She was also very charismatic and "natural" in the spotlight.
2b) If you're asking if there used to be a female tennis player who single-handedly made the Swedish Open (1948–1990) a profitable business, then IMO it's not really a comparable situation.
1) I don't think Tashkent is going anywhere?1) Maybe they can buy the Tashkent license?
2a) Cool, makes sense.
2b) Nah, I was just wondering why the lack of a real Swedish headliner now was any different than it had been in the past.
Johanna has been to the SF of Båstad (or better) five times - 2011 (F), 2012 (SF), 2013 (F), 2015 (W) and 2016 (SF)* - but only 2015 fits with all the names you mentioned. But I've also paid attention to how the tournament was doing, and 2015 was the last of the "good" years.Ithink it was in 2015 I was there, can it be the only day it was nearly no tickets to get?, as Jo had to play? , I got a ticket on the front row, as there was nearly soldout , I don't know Saturday in other years… But me and a women i meet in the morning did not sit on my place in the front row, before Jo did start and one other want to sit where we sat... that women told she never did buy any ticket, just moved if one want her sit...