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By Richard Pagliaro - Bill Dennis, President of Global Tennis, responded to reports that the WTA Tour is considering moving the Sanex Championships from Munich, Germany back to the United States. In an interview with SportsBusiness Journal writer Daniel Kaplan, Dennis was asked if incoming Sanex WTA Tour CEO Kevin Wulff is making efforts to move the Tour Championships back to the U.S.

"Dan, you are the fourth or fifth person to mention this to me. I do not know what it is about," said Dennis, when asked about the reports of the WTA seeking to move the tournament back to the States. "Global Tennis has a contract with the Tour and intends to fulfill that contract. It is true that in mid-November, Octagon, our partner in the agreement with the Tour, did make a proposal to the Tour to revise the contract. But this was all a proposal."

Wulff has apparently made overtures to arenas including New York's Madison Square Garden and the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After spending more than 20 years at Madison Square Garden, the season-ending championships, formerly known as the Chase Championships, made its debut in Munich at the Olympiahalle. The Garden's conversations with the WTA were reportedly initiated prior to the 2001 Sanex Championships staged in Munich, October 30-November 4th.

Dennis said he has heard the rumors of Wulff's desire to move the tournament out of Munich, where Dennis has held successful tournaments in recent years.

"Perhaps Kevin wants to move the tournament back to the United States," Dennis said. "I have heard in the last week that he has told third parties that Munich is not a top city and is a secondary market. This is especially embarrassing for me as I have had a decade of successful Compaq Grand Slam Cups in Munich and I did talk the city into giving the Tour a very favorable loan to help their financial situation. Not to mention how the city of Munich came forward after September 11th and funded many areas of the tournament that otherwise would have needed to been cut back due to insurance cancellations.

"The fallout of September 11th hurt many places outside the United States. I can't imagine Kevin making less than flattering remarks about Munich. He is much too intelligent to have bitten the hand that fed the WTA."
 

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As much as I want to have it back here near me, I think that WTA should stand by their choice and not succumb to certain players lobbying the possible move back to States. It should not be players's business to choose where tournaments should be played.
 

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I hope Kevin does move it back......New York preferably....

Los Angeles would be great as well.....Stanford could be moved back to the end of the year like it was in the old days! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">

PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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I wouldn't mind having it in Florida!!!!! <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="cool.gif" border="0">
 

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I'd prefer the travelling circus idea like the one the ATP has. It's fairer, I guess. No fighting between New York, Los Angeles and Florida. <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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no no no you're all wrong!

it should be in melbourne!

it might not be perfect for the women but its perfect for some people... ME for example! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">
 

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I hope they start moving it around cos that way its good as alot of countries can get the CHAMPS.

Only thing being that the CHAMPS be played indoors and on hard/carpet.

If not .......... <br />It should be played in my back garden <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Good it was much better in the states!

The crowds in Munich were rubbish barely 50% was sold ever!!!!!!!!!!!

There was no atmosphere and the tour ain't the sam without MOnica Seles
 

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TBE, I was gonna suggest the exact same thing! <img src="frown.gif" border="0"> <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

I'd rather the WTA honour their contract and keep it in Germany for the next 3 years. Above all of that I did really love the event when it was in MSG.

The logical thing for fans all around the world could be to rotate it between 4/5 key events around the world. I guess logistically and in terms of dividing up the financial spoils it might be a bit of a nightmare, but they do it in golf with the Masters events... although that's different sites across a specific country.

<img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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I think they must do it like the ATP. Each year an other city.

2002 Los Angeles<br />2003 Kapstadt<br />2004 Zurich<br />2005 Belgrade<br />2006 Rio de Janeiro<br />2007 Canberra<br />2008 Nagoya<br />2009 Milano<br />2010 New York
 

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Maybe if they move it back to the U.S., Philadelphia will return to the calendar!
 

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Couldn't we Brits do something useful with the Millenium Dome and use it for one of the best sporting events of the year???? <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> <img src="graemlins/bounce.gif" border="0" alt="[Bounce]" /> PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE
 
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