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ST. PETERSBURG, FLORIDA (TICKER) -- Looking to address criticism that successes at many events can compensate for failures at major tournaments, the WTA Tour on Thursday announced changes to its ranking system for 2002.

The tour also will visit two new countries and five new cities next year.

Under the new ranking system, Tier I events that offer more than the requisite prize money will provide a greater number of ranking points, adding prestige to tournaments like the Tennis Masters Series event at Indian Wells and the Ericsson Open in Miami.

There also will be greater differences between ranking points offered at Tier I, II and III events.

"On the heels of one of the closest races for No. 1 in our history, these changes will reward tournaments that increase their prize money above the required levels while also helping our ranking system to best reflect the performances of the players," ATP CEO Bart McGuire said.

On October 15, Jennifer Capriati of the United States finally took over the No. 1 spot from Martina Hingis of Switzerland, who had occupied it for 73 straight weeks. Concerns were raised that Hingis remained atop the rankings so late into the year despite the fact Capriati won the Australian and French Opens and reached the semifinals of the other two Grand Slam events.

In contrast, Hingis has not won a Grand Slam tournament since the 1999 Australian Open and was knocked out of this year's Wimbledon Championships in the opening round.

New events will be played in Helsinki, Finland and Aarhus, Denmark. A third event is being added in Florida, where Sarasota will host the third new event.

In addition, the existing tournament in Knokke-Heist, Belgium will be moved to Brussels. The Oklahoma City event is shifting to Memphis, Tennessee and the 2001 competition in Nice, France will take a one-year sabbatical to Antwerp, Belgium.
 

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ancient news ..... I told you guys about the schudule 3 weeks or so ago <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

and the ranks on Monday.

I guess the Media is always a bit slow on the uptake of things <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 
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