Sydney is joint, Brisbane-Gold Coast (2009) will be joint, as will some others. It's still too many.
The Slams fair enough as combined events, but that's enough.
Most of thw WTA fans are just fanboys/fangirls and a smaller percentage actually watch it for the tennis in comparison to the ATP and the ATP has more than enough fanboys/girls of its own.
Why increase the time for people that have to watch the men play training sets when it will be a better standard than the average WTA match. Or more time at the bar and also the food places will be packed when the women are on.
The Germans and Italians have it right when they play their womens events.
I'd attack you if this was wtaworld forum debate.
but for now, i'll be polite.
the slams are difficult times for women's tour followers.
two no-name players with ball bashing average tennis playing five-setters, going on and on without even as dealing with injuries to at least add some fiestiness to it, and without the drama of the much out-spoken women we learned to love. it's awful.
on the atp circuit side - there they go holding to love, serving aces down the T all day long. the match is usually no more than 2 breaks, and even though you guys chatter along how great this or that serves, generally speaking the men's game is alove only thanks to second serves that can be attackes. thank god at least pim pim and karlovic are flat out ace servers that aren't hiding behind rally skills cliche's.
i agree most fans of the wta tour are fan boys and girls. that's also because there are more players to actually like. most top50 men players are carbon copies of dull tennis. the women's tour is still sloppy enough to allow different kinds of tennis - generally speaking, i find the 50-100 ranked women of far more interest than the men's lower ranked players.
now, saying the wta has plenty of outragously boring, not to mention stupid fans, is an understatment.
however, just post a thread reading "Gasquet will win more grand slams than Safin because he has a better backhand" and watch MTF go mental with non relevant threads concerning the sexy smiles of the russian giant VS the flamboyant ways of the frenchman. there are more than enough idiots following tennis, men or women.
i'd love to have a "must know who Edberg and Novotna were" sign at the entrance of a tourny-site gate. but the reality is that those poor sould are the ones letting us have the benifits of tennis popularity. these slobs watch tennis, and for me, i don't mind watching Ivanovic 20 times a year, as long as i get one Vinci match against Sugiyama, and seeing a 16 year old prodigy play live from Moscow against a much older and experienced...well - 18 year old.
i don't want joint events as well - but please, you cannot claim we have the worst fans. they just about fall the same in both sides.
p.s - our fat Bartoli is so much more fun than your fat dave, and for the record, and she loves cake.