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Recession affects polish tennis

Financial crisis appears in Krakovian tennis. Organization of two tournaments in the second city of Poland is doubtful. Also Agnieszka Radwańska complains about the recession.

Everything shows that first edition of Salwator Cup, which was held on November on Bronowianka courts and on Wola Justowska courts, will be the last. Last year it was the biggest women's tournament in Poland because WTA Warsaw Open was not organized.

According to our information developer Salwator resigned from sponsorship, which during economical crisis decided to not donate sport. Organizers had the same problem last year because Xerox - the main partner of tournament - decided to quit a month before the event. Then Salwator rescued everything.

- Decidion will be made in May but it I can tell for 99% that event will be not held. Why? Certainly the recession and the savings of potential sponsors connected with it. We have the same problems with the organization of ATP Challenger Porsche Open in Poznan - explains Krzysztof Jordan, tournament's director.

We need 70k and there are only 4k złotys

Last year's ITF 100k+H Salwator Cup's entry list contained Alisa Kleybanova, Tamarine Tanasugarn, Monica Niculescu and Anne Keothavong who won the tournament.

Organization of ITF Futures' (10k) Kraków Open is doubtful too. Tournament have been held since four years on KKKS Olsza courts. Budget of the event consists of 70000 złotys while the city wants to give... only 4200 złotys. - The rest are money from small sponsors. It's very hard. We can see the crisis but I provide you that the tournament will be held as every year - declares Andrzej Grzesło - the president of KKKS Olsza.

Krystyna Paluchowska, acting the director of departament of sport and social enterprises claims that the municipal programme of the sport developement - we do not have any definite forms of promotion as we have been working just for three months. However we have consultations with various specialists, so programme of the developement will be substantial - assures.

Warsaw has the same problems as Krakow. In March the organizes of ATP tournament Warsaw Open with agreement of ATP Tour, decided about cancelling the event. In May there will be held WTA Premier Tournament but there's still lack of 15% of budget and the entry list won't be as good as in previous years.

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Tendency is Poland is downward. In 2004 there were 12 tournaments for professional girls (WTA and ITF). This year there will be only 5 of them (25k Szczecin, 10k Warsaw-Ursynow, 10k Olecko, 25 Torun and 600k Warsaw). Five years ago there were 10 tournaments for men and in 2009 only 5 (€106,5k+H Wrocław, €30k+H Bytom, 15k Katowice, 10k Krakow and 10k Koszalin).

- As sponsors quit from english soccer league Premiership, we can't wonder about such a situation on polish market - says Wiktor Archutowski, the manager of Radwańska sisters, who since the beginning of the year play with no sponsor - Prokom company. So that polish players earn only as much as they gain from the tournaments. However there's a chance that Agnieszka will appear in the commercial of a big swiss company.

Agnieszka Radwańska doesn't wonder about organizers' defeat but tells us about the sport aspect - It would be good to have a big tournament at home because in Poland there's not many events where youngsters could show up. In tennis the money mean the most. I can see from my own experience that advertisers don't knock to everyone's door - complains Krakovian.

by gazeta.pl / translated by Martin S.
 

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Also Agnieszka Radwańska complains about the recession. :rolleyes: :eek:
This girl is always complaining :spit:
 

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Lots of other tournaments are soon going to have sponsorship problems due to worldwide recession. This may be the first of many.
 

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Complaining = Polish mentality:p
So don't blame here cause if you were polish you'd be the same.:lol:

100% true;)

BTW, If you were a top player and had no sponsor, you'd not complain? :)
I don't know about that Martin. I lived in quite a few places around the world and I would not say that complaining is the differentiator for Polish attitude.

Back to the original subject, problems with funding and sponsoring are widely spread out. It is not only isolated to Poland. Perhaps tennis in Poland did not have sufficient sponsorship in the first place so bad economic conditions worsen the situation.
 

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BTW, If you were a top player and had no sponsor, you'd not complain? :)
If you're a top 10 player without a sponsor, it's not the sponsors' fault.
It's cleary yours.

The Radwanska sisters think they are as important in the tennis wolrd as the Williamses.

Aga's only value was that Top Ten spot, she lost it.
When she isn't receiving a WC to big events, Ula is losing in the first round of half the ITF she plays.
 

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If you're a top 10 player without a sponsor, it's not the sponsors' fault.
It's cleary yours.
Well... she lost her main sponsor in the beginning of this year. Now during recession it is difficult to find a sponsor if you do not belong to some managing agency.

The Radwanska sisters think they are as important in the tennis wolrd as the Williamses.
It is a personal impression. Maybe give some examples first and then start to tell such sentences.

Aga's only value was that Top Ten spot, she lost it.
Ranking except #1 is not that important.

When she isn't receiving a WC to big events, Ula is losing in the first round of half the ITF she plays.
Last year she was loosing in ITFs in the first half of the year because her wrist was injured. And it's not fair to talk about her defeats not talking about her wins. I don't know why you try to discuss Ula's game here as it's not the thread for that.
 

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Well... she lost her main sponsor in the beginning of this year. Now during recession it is difficult to find a sponsor if you do not belong to some managing agency.

:yawn:
Thats bullshit...she should better search a sponsor, there are enough:shrug::yawn:
 
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