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Old 11-10-2012, 06:19 PM   #22
West Coast Ace
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Mixed emotions: saw some amazing matches in the late 90's early 00's - Agassi v Sampras twice; Agassi v Kuerten. Safin, Haas used to play a lot (Tommy loved the pre-tourney parties at The Mansion). But I didn't go when the quality of the fields cratered.

Like the say in real estate: location, location, location. No, not the venue - UCLA campus and Westwood are great. Location on the schedule. Way too early in the summer hard lineup - there are still clay events in Europe.

Also read the last 4 yrs the organizers paid NO appearance fees. Since players only need two or three tournaments to get ready for the US Open, this wasn't very bright.
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