what's your favourite ATP 500?

02-19-2012, 03:25 PM

02-19-2012, 03:26 PM
Barcelona, the rest are all rubbish

02-19-2012, 03:27 PM
Barcelona, the rest are all rubbish

from where this came. so unpredictable

02-19-2012, 03:28 PM
from where this came. so unpredictable


On topic ---> Hamburg ALL THE WAY !

Nole Rules
02-19-2012, 03:29 PM
Barcelona, the rest are all rubbish


Dubai. :cool:

02-19-2012, 03:30 PM
Not favorit but best one obviously Dubai- by field quality and money Dubai over the years is best 500 event

02-19-2012, 03:31 PM
Basel of course :bounce:

And @ OT: The tournament where my favourite player wins will be the generic answer

02-19-2012, 03:34 PM
Dubai has best field, Acapulco best crowd

02-19-2012, 03:35 PM
For me its Dubai .

02-19-2012, 03:35 PM
It's between Memphis and Hamburg. :lol:

02-19-2012, 03:43 PM
Dubai, Basel, Tokyo and Beijing are the best. Acapulco, Washington and Memphis are the worst.

02-19-2012, 03:43 PM

02-19-2012, 03:45 PM
Dubai buys a good field with indentured Filipino servants.

The best is obviously Tokyo.

02-19-2012, 03:46 PM
Barcelona - you can feel the history of the tournament, old school club tournament style, sunny & good build up to RG - prestigious.
Dubai - usually has the strongest field out of the 500s and has had some good matches in the past (e.g. Dubai 06 final)

Don't care for but can see it's importance: Basel - not a big fan of indoor tennis and it's placement in the calendar also makes it hard to care too much

Shouldn't be 500s: Memphis (why?!!), Rotterdam - the field's been rubbish lately (Nadal & Fed both turned up for $1 million tax free appearance fees - clearly no lure in terms of the prestige of the tournament itself...)

Should be a 500: Queens - it would win by a mile as the best 500 (really it should be a Masters but isn't big enough...)

Overall I enjoy Barcelona the most because of when it is, my favourite players usually do well, the trophy's awesome & the club has real history. But in terms of field there's no doubt Dubai has been the most impressive lately - it's got 3 of the top 4 after all and no other 500 has that. If a 500 lacks a certain number of top 10 players for consecutive years its status should really be looked at - winning Memphis next week should not get you the same points as winning Dubai & the USA already has 3 Masters and a slam so hardly needs the 500.

02-19-2012, 03:49 PM
Memphis is just funny

02-19-2012, 03:50 PM

02-19-2012, 04:17 PM
Rogerdam :p

02-19-2012, 04:21 PM
I think at Memphis they don't even have hawkeye.. :lol:

02-19-2012, 04:23 PM
I think at Memphis they don't even have hawkeye.. :lol:


02-19-2012, 04:34 PM
Rotterdam, Valencia

02-19-2012, 06:16 PM
Dubai and the others aren't even close.

02-19-2012, 06:46 PM
Umag by far. Oh yes, I forgot it's a Masters series event.

Then Dubai and Barcelona.

02-19-2012, 10:26 PM

02-19-2012, 10:51 PM
Basel and Queen's are tied.

EDIT: Just realised Queen's is not even a 500 event :facepalm:. Well, then I'd say Rotterdam because it's indoors. Dubai is also good if it's not super slow.

02-19-2012, 11:18 PM

Perfectly organized tournament with a rich heritage and great line-up of winners.

Dubai and Basel also have excellent tournaments with a good field of players (particularly Dubai). The rest is so, so and Acapulco, Valencia and Washington / Memphis shouldn't even be 500 tournaments.

02-20-2012, 12:32 AM
Washington ;)

02-20-2012, 01:11 AM
The Nole Open

leng jai
02-20-2012, 03:11 AM
Memphis obviously. They are too cool for GimpEye


02-20-2012, 03:31 AM
I love Acapulco and Hamburg. Both are choca-block full of clay courters. All the other equally big or bigger clay court events attract a lot more hard court players. But during Acapulco and Hamburg there are hard court swings elsewhere which ensures only guys who really want to play on clay are there. Plus there's no Nadal so the winner is unpredictable.

02-20-2012, 04:04 AM
San Jose.

02-20-2012, 05:36 AM
Basel :hearts:

02-20-2012, 06:28 AM
I think at Memphis they don't even have hawkeye.. :lol:

shameful, really. and it's not as if morgan keegan (i.e. the banksters) don't have the $$ for it :o

02-20-2012, 07:38 AM

followed by Basel, Valencia, Tokyo...

02-20-2012, 11:07 AM
I don't know between Barcelona, Basel, Rotterdam and Dubai.

The field in Dubai has declined in previous years, although it might be better this year.

Also the level there is not always great, the ball tends to "fly". And it's nice that it's outside but there's not that much audience.

Barcelona has history and the Spanish-speaking players are usually motivated there. It's also a period where usually players play very well.

Basel has improved in recent years, also with the Djokovic addition which is good, but also the general field.

Rotterdam has been pleasant in recent years, I liked the surface this year even more, but the place in calendar is maybe not that great and the field was weaker this year apart from top-guys.

Besides, the tournament with the highest prize-money and every year the deepest field is Beijing ; unfortunately, they've only had Djokovic as a top-player in recent years and Nadal and Murray went to Tokyo, that's why you can read people highlighting Tokyo. It's a pity : they could have a great tournament there. Although the humidity, and the absence of audience, sometimes is a problem in that tournament.

Hamburg still has a very nice stadium but unfortunately its place in the calendar is not good.

02-20-2012, 11:12 AM