US tournys untouched, euro tourny's downgraded

Discussion in 'General Pro Player Discussion' started by obsessedtennisfandisorder, Apr 16, 2007.

  1. obsessedtennisfandisorder

    obsessedtennisfandisorder Professional

    Aug 8, 2006
    korea but NZer
    I wondering why many tournaments in Europe are getting downgraded or are forced to play in the same week against each other , yet US tournaments are repeatedly untouched.

    Let's look at the facts:

    The US open series of events have as series of events, LA,Indy, Washington,New Haven...that have their own week.

    But in the last 6-7 years the European indoor season has had to have many historic indoor tournaments such as Basel, Stockholm, Lyon, Vienna, Moscow etc never have their own week and are forced to compete against each other.

    I know it wasn't like this in the early 1990's...Indy and Washington were played in the same week to free up time later in the year.

    I also don't understand why there are no calls to push the US Open tennis tournament earlier by 1 or 2 weeks. that would solve alot of problems...
    Freeing up time for later in the year and no clash with doubling up some earlier US tournys would make this possible.

    Why are no Grand Slams ever played at the same time as a golf major yet we repeatedly have clashes with major motor sport events and soccer world cup finals?

    This recent move too downgrade MS series in Europe is a step in the right direction...but surely 5 MS would be perfect...Indy Wells, Miami, Rome, Canada MS and Paris.

    Wondering what others think?
  2. Rob_C

    Rob_C Hall of Fame

    Jan 29, 2005
    I disagree with u except for the part about Monte Carlo being downgraded and Shanghai baing added.

    I'm not sure when the TMS Shanghai is going to be held, but I think there will be a lot of pullouts every year by the top players b/c its too much travel time/jet lag to get there, then fly back 1/2 way across the world for the next tournament.

    Just like the Americans dont really play Monte Carlo b/c its at the start of the clay court season, and they would have to spend 6 wks in Europe I dont think alot of people will play Shanghai.

    Now, as far as Hamburg, its always freezing cold there when that tournament is played, so I dont think alot of people will mind that its being downgraded.

    The only complaints from players I've read about so far are about Monte Carlo.
  3. harrpau7

    harrpau7 Rookie

    Mar 17, 2007
    Shanghai should be before the Oz Open, it's a perfect time to have the tournament, players can play there, then go to the Aussie Open.
  4. Fedexeon

    Fedexeon Hall of Fame

    Mar 28, 2006
    ATP plan to make a mini Asian tour during September to October, featuring tournaments in Tokyo, China and India or maybe Thailand.
  5. caulcano

    caulcano Hall of Fame

    Nov 22, 2006
    Ask ET....
  6. Grimjack

    Grimjack Banned

    Feb 18, 2004
    American consumers spend a lot more on sporting goods and entertainment. You don't screw with the meal ticket.

    Europe is nice and all, but ultimately, if you're the ATP, it's not going to pay the bills to cater primarily to the European audience. They bow down before the Great God America because -- like all other businesses -- they have no choice.
  7. Nuke

    Nuke Hall of Fame

    Apr 13, 2005
    location, location, location
    I would bet because the networks and advertisers view tennis and golf as very similar demographics, so scheduling a GS against a golf major would just hurt the audience for both. On the other hand, I doubt a NASCAR event would take too much audience away from a GS.

    Besides, if a GS and a golf major were scheduled at the same time, how could Tiger and Fed attend each other's event?
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2007

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