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Paul Murphy 11-08-2012 06:20 PM

LA tourney sold - what a shame.
What a pity to have a hardcourt tournament replaced by clay.
The decline of tennis in the US from the heady days of the 1980s is also alarming.


The 86-year-old ATP tournament in Los Angeles is in the process of being sold to a group for Bogota, Colombia, has confirmed.

The NY Times' Chris Clarey and USA Today's Doug Robson first reported the story.

Owned by the Southern California Tennis Association, the event claims to have lost money for the past four years. The tournament, which was held at UCLA and called the Farmers Classic for the past three years, was unable to sign its two major sponsors for 2013. In the last two years, the ATP 250-level tournament tried to attract fans without paying appearance fees to star players, but was unsuccessful in doing so.

Like the recently sold ATP tournament in San Jose, California, the L.A. tournament struggled after the retirement of popular U.S. stars Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi, Jim Courier, and Michael Chang. The tournament was unable to consistently recruit 2003 U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick and was never able to convince the sportís two biggest draws, Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal, to come to the U.S. so soon after Wimbledon. The event has been played in late July.

The USTA has no current plans to try and replace the event. Next year, it is scheduled to be played the week of July 22, alongside European clay-court events in Umag and Gstaad. It is scheduled in between U.S. Open Series tournaments in Atlanta and Washington, DC. It is possible that the Bogota group is simply buying the tournament sanction, and will look for another place on the calendar to hold the event, possibly in February when the other Latin American tournaments take place.

Los Angelesí demise will mean that California, which once hosted four ATP tournaments annually, will be down to one: Indian Wells, a combined menís and womenís tournament held in March. In 1980, there were 36 ATP tournaments played in the U.S. Next year, there will only be 13. In 2014, unless a new tournament comes in, there will only be 12, as San Jose will move to Brazil.

Tammo 11-08-2012 06:32 PM

wait 13 next year? 1 slam, 3 ms ,memphis, wash., houston, Salem , atlanta, newport, sj, what other 2

Goosehead 11-08-2012 06:33 PM

tennis is a changing bayyyybeeeeeeeeeeeeeee.

JoelDali 11-08-2012 06:35 PM

I'm available to play if they need big names.

Bartelby 11-08-2012 06:38 PM

Gasquet will be happy.

MAXXply 11-08-2012 06:39 PM

Is this the one that used to be owned/run/promoted by Jack Kramer back in the day?

Goosehead 11-08-2012 07:05 PM

its going to be a clay tourney ???...hmmmmm..

mr nadal is looking for some extra clay events to replace his HC ones.

cluckcluck 11-08-2012 08:01 PM

Bummer for Querrey as he's won 3 times.

Gizo 11-08-2012 08:43 PM

No big name American players on the tour means significantly worse and less glamorous playing fields, more difficulty in attracting an sponsors and less revenue for the smaller American tournaments.

It is sad that two events with such a long and rich history, San Jose and LA, will soon be no more though. At the start of the open era, LA use to be a very big tournament which the likes of Laver, Pancho Gonzales and Connors all took seriously. San Jose was the 4th oldest tournament still on the tour after Wimbledon, the US Open and Canada.

jepriy 11-08-2012 09:53 PM

So bummed about this. First SJ now LA.

surfvland 11-08-2012 10:06 PM

Wow, I've been attending this tourney since the days when Johnny Carson used to attend. Sad time for tennis in California indeed.

Pickle9 11-09-2012 06:25 AM


Originally Posted by Tammo (Post 7003575)
wait 13 next year? 1 slam, 3 ms ,memphis, wash., houston, Salem , atlanta, newport, sj, what other 2

Delray Beach and 13 is counting LA for next year

Lips 11-09-2012 07:56 AM

sad to hear..but it seemed like the last few years they couldn't give away tickets...saw blake/stepenak final in 09...i think.. and the place wasn't even half full..

tacou 11-09-2012 10:29 AM

sad indeed...isn't LA the start of the US Open series?

CCNM 11-09-2012 10:35 AM

Only one tournament will be played in California? That's surprising....

Roger Wawrinka 11-09-2012 10:41 AM

What?!? No Framers Classic! I was going to go next year!:evil:

Big_Dangerous 11-09-2012 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by tacou (Post 7004588)
sad indeed...isn't LA the start of the US Open series?

Either that or Atlanta

LaneMyer 11-09-2012 04:50 PM

it's been Atlanta the last few years hasn't it? I seem to recall the absurd schedule of Atlanta to LA and then back to D.C. in subsequent weeks. That flight across the country probably doesn't help matters for the L.A. tourney to draw players. They always had difficulty drawing Roddick and Isner usually skips it too. They'd get Cali guys like Fish and Querrey and that's pretty much it in this era.

jaggy 11-09-2012 05:57 PM

usa usa usa still has 2 majors though I expect only Cincy will remain in a few years

kishnabe 11-09-2012 07:23 PM

The only guy smiling about this is Nadal. The Bogota Group is secretly owned by Tony.

Eliminated South African Open, Serbia Open( Clay....but since it is from the Arrogant Serb family), and Los Angeles.

Possibly the next one is Chennai....for obvious reasons.

On a serious pretty sad that this event will dissapear. II think Sampras and Agassi have done well here. It had some serious pedigree of slam champions on it's winner list.

Maybe if they could relocate in Feburary.

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