Most important tennis events in 2009 according to the players

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  1. Carlo Giovanni Colussi

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    Tennis Magazine (France) made a survey of opinion among 72 male players and 68 female players to rank the most important tennis competitions in 2009 in their minds.

    Each player granted 1 point for his (her) most important event, 2 points for the second one, 3 points for the third one and so on.
    Here are the results of that poll :

    Men's ranking

    1 Wimbledon 201.5 points
    2 Roland Garros 219.5
    3 U.S. Open 236.5
    4 Australian Open 240.5
    5 Davis Cup 429.5
    6 Masters Cup 631
    7 Miami 644
    8 Monte Carlo 649.5
    9 Indian Wells 671
    10 Paris Bercy 705
    11 Rome 720
    12 Madrid 770.5
    13 Canadian Open 804
    14 Cincinatti 819.5
    15 Shanghai 898

    Tennis Magazine (France) circa 1982-1983 had made the same sort of poll and already the French Open was ranked ahead of the US Open in the players' opinion which was then surprising and once again it is confirmed today.

    Other point : though many top players tended to dismiss the Davis Cup in the previous years this event is ranked ahead of the Masters Cup. Perhaps the fact that from now on ATP points are granted players have changed their opinion.

    Miami is still the most important Masters 1000 event and though it is not compulsory to enter the Monte Carlo event anymore (to get ATP points) this tourney is just behind Miami.

    Women’s ranking

    1 Australian Open 190
    2 Roland Garros 220
    3 U.S. Open 247.5
    4 Wimbledon 271
    5 Miami 503
    6 Indian Wells 520
    7 Fed Cup 524
    8 Rome 580
    9 Dubaï 611.5
    10 Masters 661
    11 Madrid 713.5
    12 Toronto 753.5
    13 Tokyo 773.5
    14 Pékin (Beijing) 774
    15 Cincinatti 817.5

    The most surprising news is that the women had switched Wimby’s and the Australian’s men’s positions : Wimbledon only 4th and the Australian, supposed to be the least prestigious Slam tourney, at the 1st place.

    The Wightman Cup created in 1923 (held until 1989) was for the ladies the equivalent of the original Davis Cup competition : a team event between the two strongest nations at the time, the USA and the British Isles. But gradually the Davis Cup became a world event while the Wightman Cup remained faithful to its original format. So in 1963 was created the Federation Cup (which became in 1996 the Fed Cup) the so-called equivalent of the Davis Cup but the Fed Cup never succeeded in truly seducing the players and it still stands nowadays behind the Miami and Indian Wells tourneys.

    Last point : apparently the women's Masters is not a very important event (only 10th in their ranking).
     
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  2. Q&M son

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    Thanks Carlo.

    About men, Rome so low?
    The rest I agree.
     
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  3. Carlo Giovanni Colussi

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    Hello Trenque Lauquen kid.
    I guess that now the Italian Open is just a Masters 1000 among others in modern players' opinion while in the early 70's it was almost a major.
     
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    I wish! I'm a "kid" of 30 years by now :)

    In fact I believe Rome as the second (or third) after Miami and probably Indian Wells
     
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  5. Carlo Giovanni Colussi

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    I too don't agree with all their rankings : they place the Davis Cup ahead of the Masters Cup but except if he is injured no player skips the Masters Cup while so many of the very top players don't (or perhaps didn't when no ATP points were granted) bother to play the Davis Cup.

    You are right : compared to me you aren't a kid but a grandpa' with your 30 years.
    Yes because my true age is 10 years (+ ... some days) old
    with some days about equal to ... 13,400 days :):):).
    I let you make the calculation
     
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    Ok, I will calculate! :)

    As Argentine and the point that we never won the DC, maybe I don't put attention on that. You are right, DC over Masters is almost "weird".
     
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