WTF's location?

TJfederer16

Hall of Fame
I realise the contract for the venue is staying in London until the end of this year. Anyone know when they will make a decision of where they are moving it or extending the contract?
 
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Inanimate_object

Hall of Fame
You've gotta think they already know, just haven't announced publicly (or have they?). Something of this size is too big to put together in less than a year.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
I would bring it to Asia personally. Europe has two Slams (London has both Wimbledon and the WTF at the moment, which is overkill), the US has the USO and several HC masters, Australia has the AO and Asia has only one masters, which is why they keep asking for a 5th slam. Give them the WTF and there will be somewhat of a balance which still agrees with tradition.
 
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The problem about moving to Asia is that it happens right after Paris, there is no weeks off currently. The travel, jet lag, etc probably not ideal with the way calendar is set up. Also, so many players will be exhausted just trying to qualify, if you add the extra travel with no time to rest first, it could result in a bad event.

I think Germany would be a good choice. They have a lot of tradition, and have had their only tier one event taken away. It would be good to host the event there.
 

icepro

New User
Have it where tennis lovers can come and see it.

There are events all over the world, and Australia was branded the Asian open.
 

SpinToWin

Talk Tennis Guru
The problem about moving to Asia is that it happens right after Paris, there is no weeks off currently. The travel, jet lag, etc probably not ideal with the way calendar is set up. Also, so many players will be exhausted just trying to qualify, if you add the extra travel with no time to rest first, it could result in a bad event.

I think Germany would be a good choice. They have a lot of tradition, and have had their only tier one event taken away. It would be good to host the event there.
I wouldn't mind that either :D
 

Homeboy Hotel

Hall of Fame
Been reliably informed from Chris Kermode, President of the ATP and a good friend, that a decision is currently being made with an April announcement/decision finalised.
 

m2nk2

Hall of Fame
I've been to WTF in London, I'm never going back. Proper exho feel and a crowd that knows nothing about tennis. Give it to China or something as it to 98% will be on hard court as usual.
 
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uliks

Banned
I hope it stays in London. Difficult to find another venue with 16k attendance at almost every match.
 

TJfederer16

Hall of Fame
I've been to WTF in London, I'm never going back. Proper exho feel and a crowd that knows nothing about tennis. Give it to China or something as it to 98% will be on hard court as usual.
I completely disagree, i've been every year since 09' and is my favourite and most accessible tournament. I agree that there may be a lot of casual non tennis fans but their mostly up in the rafters on level 4 because the tickets are so affordable. The tickets are so easy to get and even good level 1 tickets are affordable and the buzz around the place is great, the 02 is so great with all its restaurants and bars. I stay in a hotel over the river in docklands where you can just take a cable car straight over the river to the 02. You may have just had a one time bad experience you should go again. I've been to Wimbledon semis and finals back in 2010 and 2011 and can honestly say I enjoyed the 02 just as much mybe even more some years. It's going to have to be a great venue to match the 02.
 

Firstservingman

Talk Tennis Guru
I've been to WTF in London, I'm never going back. Proper exho feel and a crowd that knows nothing about tennis. Give it to China or something as it to 98% will be on hard court as usual.
Sorry, but why does it matter if the crowd are handcore tennis fans?
Any hardcore fan who wants to show up (and there will be plenty of them in London) can show up if they wish. It's not like they're being excluded.

I don't approve of that kind of snobbery that only "true fans" should watch or something.

I hate how celebrities show up just for social reasons, but that's a separate issue.
 

m2nk2

Hall of Fame
Sorry, but why does it matter if the crowd are handcore tennis fans?
Any hardcore fan who wants to show up (and there will be plenty of them in London) can show up if they wish. It's not like they're being excluded.

I don't approve of that kind of snobbery that only "true fans" should watch or something.

I hate how celebrities show up just for social reasons, but that's a separate issue.
Well, it'd be nicer to be around people who goes there to actually watch the tennis rather than chatting with their friends during play and just keeping the tennis as background noise.

When I went there maybe 3 years ago, I doubt that 80% of the crowd had heard of Djokovic before. Now, a lot of the people get tickets for free via sponsors and work etc so that can explain but it destroyed the atmosphere.

I went to Queens two years ago and that was completely different. Crowd was really into it and venue was better as you got really close to the action.
 

Bobby Jr

G.O.A.T.
The problem about moving to Asia is that it happens right after Paris, there is no weeks off currently. ...
More to the point, look at the Shanghai M1000.. It's dead until the last couple of matches. Even considering moving the WTF there is a joke given the time of year.

London will get renewed contract imo. It's been massive there with consistently great crowds. It has been so successful there I really struggle to think of why they'd risk shifting it... Then again, other changes they've made on tour have seemingly gone against good sense so maybe they'll forget all of this for whoever comes to them with the biggest cheque.
 

TJfederer16

Hall of Fame
Well, it'd be nicer to be around people who goes there to actually watch the tennis rather than chatting with their friends during play and just keeping the tennis as background noise.

When I went there maybe 3 years ago, I doubt that 80% of the crowd had heard of Djokovic before. Now, a lot of the people get tickets for free via sponsors and work etc so that can explain but it destroyed the atmosphere.

I went to Queens two years ago and that was completely different. Crowd was really into it and venue was better as you got really close to the action.
Yeah I agree with you in that regard. It can be really annoying. I have no problem with people who aren't tennis fans but have come to see the 'tennis' not just for a chat and I have had instances like that. One time I was watching a match between Djokovic and Ferrer and the WTF's back in 2011 and there were this group of business men and women behind me that literally talked non-stop all the way through really loudly without stop and thats no exaggeration, people were telling them to be quiet time and time again but still they wouldn't shut up. So in instances like that its great to be around tennis fans, it makes it so much better and adds to the excitement. As a big Roger fan I had tickets to a match between Roger and Soderling at the WTF's in 2010 and got placed in amongst all the Swiss fans, that was brilliant, added so much more to the match.
 
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