Barcelona should be an AMS and not Madrid

This is Sparta
05-17-2009, 04:49 PM
The conditions are better to prepare for Roland Garros, and the tournament has far more history and tradition than Madrid, with winners like Borg, Nastase, Lendl, Wilander or Muster.


05-17-2009, 04:52 PM
Hamburg should be TMS, not Barcelona or MAdrid. Also I wonder why you need to have identical conditions like RG? If you want that, you should have Monte Carlo before RG, there should be variation during the clay season and I really miss the lowbouncing slower surface in Hamburg.

Voo de Mar
05-17-2009, 04:54 PM
Yes, I used to like Hamburg, it was a nice tournament to watch. It's a shame has been transformed into post-Wimbledon clay court season :o I think one big clay court tournament in Spain (Barcelona) was fair enough.

El Legenda
05-17-2009, 04:56 PM
Umag should be a Grand Slam.

Action Jackson
05-17-2009, 04:57 PM
Nothing to discuss. Barcelona isn't going to move facilities and don't need to. Most Spanish players treat Barcelona with more respect than AMS Tiriac.

05-17-2009, 05:01 PM
Queens should be an AMS before any of these.

El Legenda
05-17-2009, 05:03 PM
North Pole should host the next Olympics

El Legenda
05-17-2009, 05:03 PM
Sarajevo Challenger should be Davis Cup.

05-17-2009, 05:06 PM
This thread is unexpected

Action Jackson
05-17-2009, 05:06 PM
Umag should be a Grand Slam.

For Carlos Moya it is.

Casachallenger, Newport and Delray Beach are worthy candidates. La Paz should be considered.

05-17-2009, 05:14 PM
agreed about Hamburg, that was :retard: of ATP

05-17-2009, 05:52 PM
I agree Barcelona should be AMS and not Madrid. But the Olympics are a big influence-

05-17-2009, 05:57 PM
Barcelona is a wonderful tournament with a rich history. I regarded it as a better tournament than Hamburg when that was an AMS, and this Tiriac circus at Madrid will always be an inferior to the Godó. If someone gave me a magic wand and instructed me to alter the ATP calendar as I saw fit, I would definately upgrade it to an AMS event.
Being an optional does come with benefits though, as there aren't usually too many clay court clowns participating there, that would be required to enter the event if it was mandatory.

05-17-2009, 06:08 PM
Sopot owns them all.

05-17-2009, 06:10 PM
Sarajevo Challenger should be Davis Cup.

That's one sarcastic joke too many in one thread.

05-17-2009, 06:28 PM
Queens should be an AMS before any of these.

i wish that 2. but london already has gs and masters cup so no way. but tennis needs grass ASM.
but than also sydney should be at least 500. so many things to change in calendar.

05-17-2009, 07:42 PM
I think it's a good idea :)

05-17-2009, 08:00 PM
If Vienna is a slam then Federer already is at 15.

05-17-2009, 09:56 PM
I think we are now past that discussion now that the facilities have been in place and the money has been spent.

05-17-2009, 10:07 PM
One word: Tiriac. I agree Barcelona should be the AMS but money talks.

I hope they fix the courts for next year though. That was utter rubbish.