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Cookie Box said:Ok so during the summer it's:
Stanford (Tier 2)
LA (Tier 2)
San Diego (Tier I)
Montreal (Tier I)
New Haven (Tier II)
What will happen is that the Montreal tournement will be very weak.
Interesting about the Men's monday final and the lower prize money for the mens compared to the women for a change.Scottsdale pro tennis tournaments to merge
The Arizona Republic
Jul. 23, 2003 12:00 AM
The men's and women's professional tennis tournaments in Scottsdale will be combined and run simultaneously over eight days beginning next year.
For the past four years, the State Farm Women's Tennis Classic has been held the week before the Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic at the Fairmont Scottsdale Princess.
Peter Tatum of IMG, which stages the tournaments, said Tuesday that two issues must still be finalized: approval from the Association of Tennis Professionals for a Monday men's final and construction of another court at the tournament site.
The Women's Tennis Association has already announced the combined event, scheduled for March 1-8, with the release of its 2004 schedule.
Because the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells, Calif., expanded its men's draw to 96 players and moved its women's tournament back a week to be played at the same time as the men's, Tatum said, it "forced us to look at combining" the Scottsdale tourneys. "Not to mention the fact we think it makes for a better event. That's the trend of the future anyway, because it showcases the best tennis has.
"It's exciting to have two full weeks of tennis, but at the same time the site and the community would definitely benefit from having it be an eight-day window. It's still the first outdoor event and precedes Indian Wells and Miami, that's what gets the good fields."
By not playing over two weeks, the Scottsdale tournaments can avoid starting in February and perhaps reduce weather delays.
The prize money ($380,000 for men, $585,000 for women) and the size of the draws (32 singles) will remain the same, Tatum said.
Lleyton Hewitt was the men's winner this year, while Ai Sugiyama was a surprise women's champion over a field that lost defending champion Serena Williams due to injury.
Mens event is the lowest money-wise on the ATP Toureta psi said:Article about the scottsdale tourney merger ( http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/sports/articles/0723tennis0723.html ):
Interesting about the Men's monday final and the lower prize money for the mens compared to the women for a change.
What's the big deal about rep points? How do you get/give them? Can you tell who gave them to you?VeNuS FoReVeR said:I was just bad repped for posting this schedule.
I know! It's gone! I went to the Semi's and Finals in 2002 and Qualies in 2003. I hope they bring it back in 2005.iLuVenuSerena said:no more sarasota?
What would be stupid is if they continued giving out near Tier I prize money and didn't want the prestige to go with it.Cookie Box said:My guess is that it's a 10 / 11 days tournement with a 64 players draw.
New Haven and Stanford will also be weak I suspect.
It's stupid for San Diego to upgrade for a Tier I because I'm sure most players would have played anyway even if it has stayed a Tier II.
The rest of the article with speculation about who might show up or not can be found at http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2003/07/24/spt_tennis24.1.htmlThursday, July 24, 2003
WTA event has Olympic conflict
But some top players could show
By Neil Schmidt
The Cincinnati Enquirer
The return of women's professional tennis to Cincinnati became official Wednesday when the Women's Tennis Association released its 2004 schedule. Though it will take place during the Olympics, the event still could include some top-20 players - and possibly Anna Kournikova, too.
The Internet icon is represented by Octagon management group, which is working out ownership details of this event with Tennis for Charity, Inc., which operates the Western & Southern Financial Group Masters men's tournament here. Kournikova is unlikely to be an Olympian, so she could please her agency by playing in its event.
"Sure, there's a chance of that," said Bruce Flory, Western & Southern Masters director. "And there's some good American players that won't go to the Olympics. With it being the peak of the summer season, it bodes well for the field."
The Cincinnati tournament will be Aug. 16-22, 2004, at the Lindner Family Tennis Center in Mason. The tentative 2004 Western & Southern dates are Aug. 2-8.
The Cincinnati women's event is classified as Tier III, which typically has a 30-person draw and features about three top-20 players. It also has a minimum of $170,000 in prize money, though draw size and prize money have not been worked out.