Replace Asian tour with grass tour

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  1. Apun94

    Apun94 Semi-Pro

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    Just was reading a thread about having more grass tournaments and a thought came into my mind. The thing is that really there is NO place for any more tournaments on the ATP tour. How about replacing the Asian tour with grass tournaments and maybe having 1-2 grass ATP 1000s and Wimbledon. I know that a lot of things are wrong in this scenario but there's no other way. Let the players have rest between RG and USO, and play Wimbledon after USO. No offence to the Asian Tour but this could be a possible way to have more grass court tennis, which will be preferred...
     
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  2. 1970CRBase

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    I've always said, I want to see at least 30% of the season on GRASS, real FAST grass, slippy, bad bounces, clods everywhere.

    Easy to counter the clay glut. No need to reschedule Wim. Just change the USO to grass and all the hc tournaments leading up to the USO to grass also.
     
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  3. joechiang

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    And you think ATP will abandon the Asia market?Tennis is only a business for them. #sigh#
     
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  4. Sentinel

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    So the Asian players play on grass i/o HC. Won't that negatively impact them when they play outside Asia.
     
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  5. batz

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    Erm - the Asian tour is in October. It might've escaped your attention, but London weather isn't too brilliant at that time of year. There is also the small matter of the entire tour being built around the premises that RG is last week in May/1st week in June and Wimbledon is last week in June/1st week in July.
     
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  6. Blinkism

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    Replace the asian tour with ping-pong and replace Nadal and Djokovic with Bert and Ernie.

    Oh, and make them play in space!
     
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  7. TennisMaestro

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    When is the weather ever good here!
    I think that the Met Office put on artificial weather for special occasion.
     
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  8. Mainad

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    2009 and 2010, there was hardly a spot of rain. A few heavy downpours last year but not enough to delay things (unlike at the USO) and both finals were played in sunshine!

    I think the Asian tour is here to stay. The ATP is trying hard to promote tennis in Asia and wants as many high-profile tournaments there as possible to achieve this.
     
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  9. batz

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    June, July and August? Mibbes the first couple of weeks in September if it's an Indian Summer?
     
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  10. TennisMaestro

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    Those two 'Wimbledons' were held on a remote land in the Carribean...

    /trolling

    It's more of a tounge in cheek joke mate, we do get some nice weather, but us Brits love a moan at anything less.
     
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  11. Mainad

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    Very good likeness. Certainly had me fooled! :)
     
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  12. batz

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    I thought that as I was typing my response to you mate - no worries. I should've been more perceptive - and there's definitely something in what you said! :)
     
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  13. syke

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    Don't be selfish. Tournaments are not just for the players, but for the fans as well. Instead of just promoting entirely in matured regions, attention has to be shared with other regions like Asia, to further promote and increase awareness.

    Players have the option whether to participate in these tournaments, fans don't if the venues aren't at their doorstep.
     
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  14. Magnetite

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    The problem aside from maintenance issues, is that Wimbledon happens so soon after Roland Garros.

    It would be difficult to put in a grass court swing, without having a major for players to work towards at the end (unless the AO was moved back to grass perhaps).

    I'm all for more grass court tennis however.
     
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  15. Shaolin

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    It's fine the way it is. No one plays on grass so there shouldn't be several tournaments dedicated to it.
     
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  16. monfed

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    LMAO I was just about to post that. :twisted:
     
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  17. okdude1992

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    The asian swing is awful. You have giant stadiums virtually empty for a master series event until the final. Meanwhile a grasscourt swing would be fantastic, but not at the end of the year. I think they should bring back indoor carpet at the end of the year
     
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  18. aldeayeah

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    Nobody has pointed out the evident solution:

    Get Asian tournament organizers to build grass courts.
     
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  19. sureshs

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    There should be more tournaments in Asia, including a Slam in China. That is where the growing younger population is, as compared to the geriatric domination of the fan base in other places who have not been able to make the leap after Sampras and Agassi.
     
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  20. yellowoctopus

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    Bingo! You beat me to it.

    It makes economic sense, and inline with ATP market growth strategy.

    There are plenty of really nice facilities in Asia with grass courts.

    [​IMG]
     
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  21. bluescreen

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    Yes, the Asian tournaments could simply switch to grass, but that doesn't solve the problem of lengthening the grass season that matters--before Wimbledon. Furthermore, these Asian grass tournaments would have to be indoors. We don't know how the quality of the grass would be effected by having to be grown in this type of environment.
     
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  22. yellowoctopus

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    IMHO, it's in the best interest for ATP and that of the global tennis community to make more tournaments in Asia 'matters'. But I see your point about time before Wimbledon.

    Not sure why these tournaments have to be indoors. Would appreciate more explanation on this statement.

    As for the quality of the grass, I encourage you to visit some of these clubs in Asia, if you can. Many of the clubs in Bangkok, for example, are designed and maintained to almost the exact specifications that of Wimbledon.

    I am detecting an unhealthy tone from you regarding the capacity to host a good tournament in Asia. I hope I am wrong.

    Believe me, they can grow quality grass in Asia also :)

    [​IMG]
     
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  23. rrito

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    another OP thinks he/she knows how to run the ATP better than the ATP officials....
     
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  24. Apun94

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    This was just a suggestion on my part. Everyone has their own opinions, I was just sharing my thoughts and waiting for everyone else to comment too. I dont think I can run the ATP better.
    Jeez, why the hell are you so offended??
     
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