Poll: Which city do you want for the WTA finals?

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Which city do you want for the WTA finals?

  1. Singapore

    17 vote(s)
    53.1%
  2. Kazan, Russia

    3 vote(s)
    9.4%
  3. Mexico City, Mexico

    9 vote(s)
    28.1%
  4. Tianjin, China

    3 vote(s)
    9.4%
  1. sureshs

    sureshs Bionic Poster

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    The WTA announced that two cities in Asia, one in Europe, and another in North America are the final four candidates in bidding to host the WTA Championships for 2014 and beyond. The candidate cities are Kazan, Russia; Mexico City, Mexico; Singapore; and Tianjin, China.

    The tournament’s three-year contract with Istanbul, Turkey, expires next year. Istanbul did not make a new bid despite the tournament having near sell-outs or sell-outs at every session this year.

    Me, I will be voting for Singapore.
     
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  2. SQA333

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    The choice is obvious. Singapore is the only country with no main-level tour event (only a challenger).
     
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    Ugh at the choices. Singapore is expensive to visit, but folks speak English there, it is safe, and easy to visit other countries in the region. Not sure the fans will show up.

    Mexico City would be great to generate interest from Latin America, but I wouldn't feel safe visiting that country.

    China already has a Premier Mandatory that gets poor turnout. Kazan? Find that city on a map in 5 seconds... Lol. Let alone who would want to go to a Russian city during the fall that isn't Moscow or St. Petersburg.
     
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  5. gavna

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    Yep all the choices suck........Istanbul has been excellent. Too bad.
     
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    Would love to see Singapore as the choice city. Then again, I might be biased by the amount of awesome food they have there.
     
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    Singapore....since it is a nice vacation spot.
     
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    Wow, I can't believe no city in Europe or North America didn't make the list. Very surprising no western city is on the list.

    I don't want to sound non politically correct but Singapore is the obvious choice. I don't know why the WTA would want their championships in Mexico City the pollution is really bad there and tennis isn't popular there. The other two places are in the third world.

    Since tennis is expanding in Asia, Singapore is a first world country it is the perfect place for the WTA.
     
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    Epic post. Epic U.S. region.
     
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    Tianjin and Kazan would be disastrous choices. I actually think that Mexico City could work and help give women's tennis more exposure in another region with a big population. I wonder how players would like the conditions and the altitude there though.

    Singapore will probably win the rights to host the event.

    Hosting the tournament outdoors in windy conditions in Doha, in-front of a sea of empty seats from 2008-2010, never felt right with me either.
     
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    I'm sure the locals would show up - if they have a chance but for the inevitable sellouts to the corporates, of which there will be many, given SG's status as a corporate hub. Heck, it'll be easy enough for me to jump on the plane and spend a few days there too.
     
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  12. gavna

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    Vacation???? Really???? I'm there 4 to 5 times per year for work and other than the new casino I would hardly state it's good for vacations.....best city in Asia for work - and as a European it's frwaking easy to live in.......but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone for vacation (just like Houston - great place to live and work but I wouldn't want to visit the place).
     
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    Singapore is the best choice.
     
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  14. sureshs

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    I visit Sing every year and there is always something new to see. This year it was the new botanical garden (Garden City or something like that).
     
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  15. JayChu

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    These are some really poor cities to choose from. Does anyone know why Istanbul couldn't be extended for another X years?
     
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    I dont know why those specific cities are in the poll (are they short-listed for next year?) - but keep it at Istanbul, demand seems relatively there.

    Or, even better. Why not merge the tournament to the Men's year ending championships?

    Some Masters are merged, why not the WTF? Logistically you can't have the two consecutively, as there's only one court you can fit in the O2.

    But you could host it like a two week tournament with first week the women. Demand for more tennis is always here in London if the WTA want $$$
     
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