Not surprosing reactions, neither here nor at TF. MTFers complain about WTA vulturing ATP's money and that women's tennis doesn't interest. TFers complain that ATP takes all attention away from WTA and that men's tennis doesn't interest. But I want to quote here a post from TF
, slightly modified. Really my thoughts.
Most of the people who don't think this is a good idea are basically just saying that they personally don't like women's tennis. The question wasn't whether you would like it - the question is whether it would be good for the sport overall.
I don't see how you could say that a combined event is worse for the sport than separate events. All the best/most prestigious events are combined.
Well, I don't completely agree about that combined events are necessarily more prestigious than separate, Madrid isn't any more prestigious now as a joint event.
But to the "we have already too many joint events" argument; I agree about that. I think joint events are OK only if you don't get full grandstands otherwise, and still have reasons to have both ATP and WTA events. But if you'd get full grandstands otherwise, keep them separate, maybe even in different cities in different weeks. And if you have empty grandstands even for a joint event (like Beijing), then keep them separate. If you have money to have a joint event in front of empty grandstands, then you can also afford to have them separately.
But joint YEC would be a different thing. It would be bring much publicity for tennis. And it would be good for tennis.
And one negative you forgot to mention is that even though the WTA event would be mooching fans off the ATP event, the mere fact of offering the joint event would give organizers the green light to jack up the ticket prices (since they're offering you ' more'). It's hard enough as it is for regular people to afford these kind of things.
Actually I didn't forget. More interesting matches, higher ticket prizes, higher ticket revenues. Good for the business.
But yeah, bad for regular people.
In terms of everything the WTFs is arguably the best tournament all year, leave it the way it is, there's a reason it's been the largest indoor event of anything if i'm not mistaken the last few years.
How come joint YEC would be a smaller event?