Tennis Australia is solely to blame for the fucked up mess that is Australian tennis right now.
I don't agree with making more futures and challengers solely, because that just leads to inflated rankings IMO. I know more about the womens ITF circuit in Australia, and it's just stupid.
$25,000 Cairns (Aug 27-Sep 2) >>>>>>>> nth qld
$25,000 Rockhampton (Sep 3-9) >>>>>>>> central qld (about 1000km south of Cairns)
$10,000 Salisbury (Sep 10-16) >>>>>>>> north of adelaide in SOUTH AUSTRALIA, and wtf a $10K?
$25,000 Port Pirie (Sep 17-23) >>>>>>> SA again, near adelaide. makes sense
$25,000 Esperance (Oct 1-7) >>>>>>>>>> WA
$25,000 Margaret River (Oct 8-14) >>>> WA
$25,000 Traralgon (Oct 22-28) >>>>>>>> back across SA to VIC
$25,000 Bendigo (Oct 29-Nov 4) >>>>>>> VIC
It's just DUMB. Imagine the costs for players to do this? It'd be better like this.....
$10,000 Margaret River
$25,000 Port Pirie
Have one series occur post US Open, leading up to the Australian summer, and the other post Australian Open. $50,000 events just need to happen, and they need to happen at the end of these series so the series as a whole is stronger.
And honestly, if this were the schedule - it wouldn't cost Tennis Australia much at all to cover all transport from event to event for all ranked players and AIS/TA juniors. Buy a few buses, contract a few drivers. It's only 1000km from Rockhampton > Mackay > Townsville > Cairns