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Why is it only Great Britain hosts grass court tournaments?

Aside from the 250 events in Germany and Netherlands, Great Britain seems to be the only country hosting grass court events? Why is that?

Why can't Ireland host an atp 250 grass court event? or Canada? To me, I get the impression this grass court tennis is a commonwealth thing and was historically a court of prestige and only countries like Great Britain, a former Empire, can host it?
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Re: Why is it only Great Britain hosts grass court tournaments?

Part of teh reason is that Britain has a conservative/traditional culture. In the past 3 of the 4 slam tournaments were played on grass. But later Austalian Open and Us Open changed to hard court. The conservative Britons continued to play on grass (what's good in my opinion, but that's another debate).
That conservative culture is probably not the only reason. But it is one of the reasons.
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Re: Why is it only Great Britain hosts grass court tournaments?

Nobody wants to go to Ireland. It's full of potato-munching gingers. The US hosts Newport.

Think you have to remember that for a lot of countries like Spain, Italy etc where the climate is better, there's no desire for grass courts due to the cost to maintain them.

Given that, they're not going to make more grass court tournaments as the demand simply isn't there.
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Re: Why is it only Great Britain hosts grass court tournaments?

My wishlist,

Dublin, Ireland hosts one, call it Irish Open
Canada should host one, we are linked to the British.
New Zealand should change its single atp 250 event's surface from hard to grass, they are linked to British
Australia should change their surfaces to grass, link to British.
India should change their surfaces to grass as well, link to British.
South Africa should chnage their surfaces to grass, link to British.


Latin countries or countries with clay court event history should just stick with claycourts. Leave the grass courts to the commonwealth.

Make it consistnent that all commonwealth countries host only grass events.
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Re: Why is it only Great Britain hosts grass court tournaments?

Who would fly to Australia to play a grass prep event for Wimbledon . It does not make any sense. Same with Canada. Proximity and climate is why there are so many grass courts in the UK.


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Who would fly to Australia to play a grass prep event for Wimbledon . It does not make any sense. Same with Canada. Proximity and climate is why there are so many grass courts in the UK.
But there needs to be more, How come Scotland doesn't get a grass court event? Novak Djokovic gets the Djokovic Open in Belgrade, Rafa used to have the Rafa Open in Mallorca, Feds gets the Fed Open in Basel but Andy Murray can't get his own open in Scotland? Cmon!
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Re: Why is it only Great Britain hosts grass court tournaments?

Fed gets the Fed open... Dude, Basel is one of the oldest events on the tour. He was a ball boy there. What are you talking about. Murray deserves a futures event at best.


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But there needs to be more, How come Scotland doesn't get a grass court event? Novak Djokovic gets the Djokovic Open in Belgrade, Rafa used to have the Rafa Open in Mallorca, Feds gets the Fed Open in Basel but Andy Murray can't get his own open in Scotland? Cmon!
There's enough rain in London without going even further north. You'd be playing the final on the second Thursday for a regulation 250 event!

In all seriousness though, you have to remember that there simply isn't the facilities for an event like Queen's in Scotland. By the time they start the planning, building and opening of the event Murray would have retired anyway!
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There's enough rain in London without going even further north. You'd be playing the final on the second Thursday for a regulation 250 event!

In all seriousness though, you have to remember that there simply isn't the facilities for an event like Queen's in Scotland. By the time they start the planning, building and opening of the event Murray would have retired anyway!
If not Scotland, how about Ireland? I would love to see them host an Irish Open, atp 250 grass event.
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If not Scotland, how about Ireland? I would love to see them host an Irish Open, atp 250 grass event.
Are there the facilities for it? Wouldn't have thought so. Where do you fit it into the schedule? Etc etc.

I agree that there should be more grass court tournaments, but there's neither the demand nor willingness to see it happen, so it won't.
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Judy Murray is working on opening up the Dunblane Open which is due to be a mixed Masters 1000 event...
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But there needs to be more, How come Scotland doesn't get a grass court event? Novak Djokovic gets the Djokovic Open in Belgrade, Rafa used to have the Rafa Open in Mallorca, Feds gets the Fed Open in Basel but Andy Murray can't get his own open in Scotland? Cmon!
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Re: Why is it only Great Britain hosts grass court tournaments?

i feel like alot of it has to do with timing. There's only 2 weeks between wimbledon and the french and no one wants to fly far out of the way to play a tournament the week before a slam. If there was a great period of time than perhaps they might consider giving grass tournaments to other countries that could support them..perhaps the czech republic or switzerland for example
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