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I think this is a good thing that will enhance the game and make the game more marketable. I think that if you have a senior league that the wta owns and operate then it can sell rights to tourneys to tennis channel and whoever wants to buy it.

Imagine seeing some top stars of yesterday still competing and if they want to be creative they can have grandslam representation and year end competition as well. I am all for this because I hate to know that MOnica or Martina Hingis as well as Arantxa just retire to the pastures and away from the spotlight. It should also have thirteen tourneys and four grandslams or only master series play. I think this will be nice. I long to see Zina and Lori O'neil, and other retired players play.

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the men's tour have one. i guess it would be good.
 

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I think that WTA players also happen to be women who give birth to children and take care of them. With your proposed schedule, I'd say they won't have a chance succeeding at either of these things :)

So WTA is actually being wise on this one :)
 

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No.

The majority of the people who watch women's tennis is to see hot girls.
 

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The minority is this board. We should know by now that we are the most insignificant specks of human being on this planet.
 

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No, very bad idea. The reason the mens senior tour is still barely functioning is because the men on the tour are still in very good shape for their age and could probably play the 15-25K level tournaments with moderate success. Tracy Austin, Pam Shriver, Wendy Turnbull and the like aren't even close to the professional level, and they're the same age as the men on the senior tour. Furthermore, and its not nice to say, but many of the women who played the senior division at this years US Open are, um, butterballs. I guarantee you when Capriati, Seles, Davenport, Clijsters, etc. retire, they'll fit into that category in ten years time as well. I could see little pro-ams and exhibitions for them, but not an actual tour
 

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I usually don't buy into the "tarnishing the image of their glory days" attitude, but for once, I have to admit that this idea doesn't sit well with me. I have a hard time getting excited over a Chris Evert / Tracy Austin match as they are today.

Besides, as long as Martina Navratilova is still playing on the regular doubles tour, how embarrassing would that be for the other women who are her age or younger to play the "seniors" tour? :p
 

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I think this is a good thing that will enhance the game and make the game more marketable. I think that if you have a senior league that the wta owns and operate then it can sell rights to tourneys to tennis channel and whoever wants to buy it.

Imagine seeing some top stars of yesterday still competing and if they want to be creative they can have grandslam representation and year end competition as well. I am all for this because I hate to know that MOnica or Martina Hingis as well as Arantxa just retire to the pastures and away from the spotlight. It should also have thirteen tourneys and four grandslams or only master series play. I think this will be nice. I long to see Zina and Lori O'neil, and other retired players play.

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bad idea. i dont see how it makes the game more marketable. what Leena said is true, the majority watches for hot girls. most people dont want to see a bunch of older women playing tennis. and if they do create one and hingis was to join it, that would just prove that she's a pussy.

the other major sports don't do this for a reason...cos if there's better players out there, YOUNGER players, why would people want to see the older has-beens play? the only people who would watch this are the hardcore tennis fans [which are a rarity] and people who can't let go of the past and accept the future.
 

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I can only echo what has been said. I had always hoped there would be a senior tour for the women.

But outside a few choice women that are retired now, I don't think the majority of tennis fans would come out to see Virginia Ruzici face Mima Jausovec in a final of senior event.

Perhaps when today's current crop is long retired we might see a change but until then not a good idea.

However, I do like the idea of seeing more senior events for singles in at least the Grand Slams or selected Tier 1 events. Enough people come to these events to perhaps want to watch Blasts from the Pasts as perhaps a curiosity or novelty.

And who knows, that could be the first step to considering a senior tour for the future.
 

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I thought they did have one Women's tennis legend or something. whatever happened to that one?
 

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I pretty much agree, although it would be nice to see the retired players play against one another, if only for one exibition.
 

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The men tried that. It basically shrank to one event @ the tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, Rhode Island, and the age 35+ matches @ the Slams. Perhaps one can check how well attended Newport and the Slam Seniors are for a clue re. a female version. (Another option is for those who get the increasing injuries that most often come with age to become dubs specialists while still "drawing cards").
 

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Its an interesting idea - but I can't see how you would draw the rules up. The present seniors seem to have a starting age that means no tour players would still be playing at that age - unless their name is Martina N.
It would be great to see Martina H, Sandrine, ASV, Julie H-D, Dominique, Anke, MJF, Natasha, Gigi, Nathalie, playing but how would you draw up eligibility rules that included everyone from Martina H to 40 year olds? If it became really popular you would have players leaving the main tour at 20 to join it whilst Conchita is still on the main tour hitting moonballs at 40..
 

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What about Arantxa? I think she still have some play left in her. Only because she couldn't pull through last year with the power generation. The schedule can be altered but to see a player who can still play is worth it. I don't think you all should kill an idea without analyzing the benefits of it all.
 

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I'll be too busy with my Hollywood stuff to play tennis when I'm old. I'd love to win an Oscar. My dream role would be to play a great tennis champion and win things for it.
 

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Didn't Virginia Slims have a 6 tournament tour?
 

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I like the idea. But, I think for it to be successful, they'd have to run the tour in conjunction with the regular tour. Add the senior tournaments on to regular lower-Tier events, to give value added.

Make it a legit tour, with a ranking system, etc. Elgibility requirements could be a minimum age of 30, and no WTA matches for at least a year, or somesuch. The tourneys could be 8 or 16 player fields for singles, pending commitments, with half that # of doubles teams. At venues that have an evening session, tack on a seniors match to each night session. That gives promoters an extra match for the fans without forcing main draw players to stay up late and having to play again the next day.

I think there would be a market for people to see Arantxa, Jana, Zina, Lori, Gaby, Gigi, Helena, etc. play each other again. There would be no minimum requirement, so players could play as suits their schedules. For example, recent moms Julie Halard-D and Sandrine T. could put in a token appearance at Strasbourg.

What hurt the men's senior tour was that it was too dependent on 1 or 2 players. First it was the Connors show, then briefly Connors and Mac, then Mac. And when those players cut back, interest waned. Especally without an influx of "new" players, such as Becker and Edberg. Without that, a stand-alone tour is going to be in trouble. Were that tour incorporated into the regular tour, they could have held up better. Plus, too many matches had the "exhibitiony" feel. (Ditto with the Slims Legends.)
 
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