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USTA buys ATP event, moves it to New Haven

05-10-2005, 03:34 AM buys ATP event, moves it to New Haven

May 9, 2005
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. (AP) -- The U.S. Tennis Association is buying the rights to the ATP hard-court tournament on Long Island, moving it to New Haven, Conn., and combining it with a WTA event the week before the U.S. Open.

The formation of the new men's-and-women's Pilot Pen Tennis tournament will be announced Tuesday at a news conference at city hall in New Haven.

The hard-court tournament will be Aug. 21-28 this year; the U.S. Open starts Aug. 29.

The new tournament will have more than $1.2 million in prize money for a 48-entry men's field and 28-entry women's field. It will be part of the US Open Series, a 10-tournament summer hard-court circuit leading into the American Grand Slam.

The top man and woman over the course of the summer series will receive a bonus equal to 100 percent of their U.S. Open earnings.

``We wanted to create combined events for the US Open Series,'' USTA spokesman Chris Widmaier said. ``We believe it drives attendance and television viewership and thereby increases the popularity of the sport.''

The USTA also owns the U.S. Open, the Men's Clay-Court Championships in Houston and has a stake in the Mercedes-Benz Cup in Los Angeles.

Updated on Monday, May 9, 2005 8:59 pm EDT

ae wowww
05-10-2005, 06:20 AM
Thanks smucav, very interesting. They found the replacement pretty fast a!

05-10-2005, 06:47 AM
does that mean no long island this year?

05-10-2005, 07:31 PM
does that mean no long island this year?The organizers couldn't procure a suitable location in Long Island so the tournament was put on the auction block:

Here are some more details about the new Pilot Pen tournament in New Haven: Buys ATP Event
By Tennis Week

The U.S. Open Series will script its climactic championship chapter at the Pilot Pen in New Haven, Connecticut. Confirming a report posted on Tennis on Monday, the USTA announced it has purchased the ATP event, formerly known as the TD Waterhouse Cup, to create the first combined men's and women's summer event leading up to the U.S. Open.

The new men’s tournament, which had been staged on Commack, Long Island since 1990, will be added to the existing WTA Tour Tier II Pilot Pen tournament. The 2005 U.S. Open Series — the six-week summer series that features a total of 10 events leading up to the U.S. Open — will culminate August 21st-28th with the Pilot Pen at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale University.

The $650,000 men's event is scheduled for August 22nd-28th. The Pilot Pen women's tournament is scheduled for August 21st-27th offering $585,000 in prize money.

The men’s and women’s winners of the U.S. Open Series will compete for double prize money at the 2005 U.S. Open. In addition, the newly enhanced Pilot Pen Tennis now will offer more than $1.2 million in prize money.

New Haven, which formerly hosted the ATP's Volvo International from 1990 to 1996, joins the U.S. Open, Memphis, Indian Wells and Miami as the country's fifth combined men's and women's event.

"We’re thrilled to expand our partnership with Pilot Pen Tennis to create this breakthrough for the sport — the first combined men’s and women’s tennis event in the summer leading into the U.S. Open," said Arlen Kantarian, Chief Executive, Pro Tennis, USTA, and architect of the U.S. Open Series. "Combined tournaments are the most popular events in tennis and have been a goal of the U.S. Open Series from its inception. The culmination of the U.S. Open Series with a combined event in New Haven is a significant development for players, fans, and television partners."

The men’s and women’s winners of the U.S. Open Series will compete for double prize money at the 2005 U.S. Open. In addition, the newly enhanced Pilot Pen Tennis now will offer more than $1.2 million in prize money.

ESPN2 and CBS Sports will televise 18 hours of the new Pilot Pen Tennis event as part of the 100-plus hours of live television coverage for the U.S. Open Series. The women’s event will conclude with its traditional Saturday final on August 27th while the men’s final will take place Sunday, August 28th.

The U.S. Open begins Monday, August 29th at the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows.

Chicago reportedly submitted a higher bid to the ATP for hosting rights, but the USTA-owned New Haven bid was bolstered by the fact that the event is part of the U.S. Open Series and already has a title sponsor, an existing infrastructure, including a 13,500-seat stadium, a national television contract and an established fan base in its Tier II women's event. Chicago tournament officials had planned to host the tournament in a temporary stadium constructed in a public park.

Additionally, the USTA was rumored to be reluctant in granting U.S. Open Series status to Chicago if the ATP had accepted the Windy City's bid. The USTA's ability to leverage U.S. Open Series status may be part of the reason the ATP opted against splitting the event into two 32-player draw tournaments, which could have theoretically benefited the players by offering more jobs for that week while reducing the financial burden on the groups currently bidding for rights.

"The ATP is delighted to return to New Haven and we are pleased that we are able to add another combined men’s and women’s event to the calendar, as we see that as a key step in growing the game," said Mark Miles, CEO, ATP."“New Haven presented a compelling bid with first-rate facilities, a tournament staff with a track record of running a very successful Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event, and a location near New York City that will be enticing to players on the eve of the US Open."

The U.S. Open Series launched in 2004, and resulted in record attendance, TV viewership and live broadcast hours for the sport. Television viewership was up over 50 percent, with regularly scheduled broadcasts on ESPN, CBS, NBC Sports, and The Tennis Channel. In total, the U.S. Open Series events — including the US Open — generated a record 1.5 million attendees, 126 million TV viewers and over 15 million website visits, making it the strongest summertime property in sports.

Lindsay Davenport and Lleyton Hewitt won the inaugural U.S. Open Series.

ae wowww
05-11-2005, 08:48 PM
The points will be transferred over then :eek: Kind of unfair IMO! But would seriously mess up the system if they weren't I guess.

05-12-2005, 01:37 AM
:bigcry: I love the TD Waterhouse :bigcry:
Maybe something will come there in its place since its such a large area for nothing.