Swap out the word "history" with "interest" and I'd be with you 100%. Honestly, I like the idea of growing the sport in new areas: the idea that tennis (both players and big tournament) should be sourced from the "old guard" is a bit antiquated*. The more top players we can get from all around the world, the better the sport will be.Plain and simply put.....the YEC needs to be in a city with economic value and tennis history.
With that being said, there should be some measure of interest before we award the YEC to just anyone - people have to actually want to come to the matches. Otherwise, you get the shitshow we've seen all week: crowds at 20-50% capacity to watch a bunch of players who, at least in this location, aren't very compelling.
The above brings up another problem: the players featured aren't exactly a big draw outside of their home countries. I've watched a lot of WTA matches this year, and people haven't been kicking down the doors to watch any of these players. Barren center courts for these top players have been more of the rule than the exception. I'm not sure how that issue is going to be resolved.
*Not that I'm accusing you of saying that