Butts In The Seats Continued
While the tennis press in the States is whining about the Williams sister's causing a lack of enthusiasm for the WTA tour I see that at the new ATP tournament in Nice there is a healthy crowd watching Fernando Verdasco play Leonardo Mayer. It's a small stadium and holds about 3,000 people per the talking head. Meanwhile in Warsaw you could literally shoot a cannon through the stadium and not hit a soul. I haven't seen any play from Strasbourg so I don't know what is going on there.
The WTA tournament at Ponte Vedra Beach has breathed its last. According to the local press the 2011 WTA schedule would mean the tournament would have been moved from it's place in April to later in the year when weather and court conditions would not have been optimum.
The ATP is also making changes in it's tour calendar for next year with Rome and Madrid changing places. Most of the players don't like playing the altitude of Madrid just before the French Open hence the change.
Caroline Wozniacki has said that she will play the French Open despite retiring from competition at Polsat. And why not? With her quarter she'd be crazy not to play. I'm going to do a separate post for the women's draw. As usual I will not analyze the ATP draw.