President's Cup axed :(

09-26-2002, 06:00 PM
The President's Cup in the Uzbek capital of Tashkent will not be held again, according to tournament organisers.
A statement said the tournament "has fully served its purpose and will no longer be held as Uzbekistan has already become a centre of various other tennis tournaments."

The tournament began in 1994 and this year's event was won by Yevgeny Kafelnikov earlier this month.

Other past winners include Tim Henman in 1994 and 1995, and Marat Safin in 2000 and 2001.

Uzbekistan has experienced a tennis boom in the last decade, which was was widely credited to Uzbek President Islam Karimov's passion for the sport.

A special 3,000-seat tennis complex was built in Tashkent to host the $550,000 tournament

09-26-2002, 06:01 PM
thats ridiculous reasoning its served its purpose :rolleyes:

what better way to develop your players by holding an ATP event in which to play your home players against the worlds best.

I'm sad its gonna go :(

09-26-2002, 06:55 PM
Moscow should buy it for its second - outdoor tournament. We do not have an outdoor tennis venue though. Or one of Russian provincial cities - like Ekaterinburg or Voronezh or Novosibirsk should buy it. Or even better, Yevgeny could buy it for a clay tournament in his home town of Sochi. They could have held it in summer. Or maybe Ukraine should take it in Kiev. It should not leave the territory of f. USSR.

09-26-2002, 06:56 PM
:( :( :( :( :( :(

09-26-2002, 06:59 PM
That's a weird reason.... :rolleyes:

Perhaps they have waited for Zhenya to finally win it before they ended the tournament participation. :o

09-26-2002, 07:17 PM
Of course they waited for YK to win it as he'd promised to the president of Uzbekistan. But anyway, it is the strangest of reasons to close a tournament. Oh well... :sad:

I could buy it, but the penguins do not like playing on hardcourts. Too painful for their legs. :p

09-26-2002, 09:01 PM
OMG Tim Henman won tournies!:eek:

09-26-2002, 09:05 PM
That's really strange. I wonder that the real reason was . . .

09-26-2002, 09:12 PM
Originally posted by Gambill_Rules
OMG Tim Henman won tournies!:eek:

That's funny. He won 9 titles. That's about 7 more than Gambill ever will.

09-26-2002, 10:48 PM
The argument id not waterproof. How is these tournaments financed? Money is usual the key to questions like this. The Presinent cup seemed popular among the players.


09-27-2002, 02:37 AM
according to bob larson:

Uzbekistan has experienced a tennis boom in the last decade, which was was widely credited to Uzbek President Islam Karimov's passion for the sport.

maybe the tourny has served its purpose and is quite simply no longer needed? :confused:

09-27-2002, 02:56 AM
TC....... the Worldwide Tennis News section of his site is actually from the BBC

he just copies it :p ..................>>>>>>>>> :D

King Aaron
09-27-2002, 08:17 AM
nonsense if they say the tournament has served its purpose

09-27-2002, 09:31 AM
"The tournament has fully served its purpose" ....What kind of reasoning was that? AWFUL!:rolleyes:

09-28-2002, 11:30 AM
According to the 2003 ATP Calendar released here in Palermo the Uzbek tournament stays as usual the week after the US Open :confused: Maybe it has been cancelled after this has been done...

09-28-2002, 03:16 PM
According to my frehest information form Anvar
"there is no plans about cancelling tourney."

let`s hope the Tashkent Tournament will be held for many years.

09-28-2002, 03:20 PM
i hope so too

Anvar should know whats happening :)

the cat
09-28-2002, 08:06 PM
I agree with Eggy. Stupid reasoning! I liked seeing the champions robe every year.

And I agree with y_s. I think Russia should take the tournament and put in Sochi for a women's and men's field. Then Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Maria Sharapova would play! :)