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Ft Lauderdale Challenger has a stronger field than Delray Beach

vogus
03-16-2005, 05:36 PM
How does a 100K challenger cut off at 113, while the 400,000$ ATP tournie right up the road in Delray last month cut off down around 150? :confused:

Delray Beach must be pissed - they're giving 4 times as much prize money, they paid a couple mil for a sanction, and yet they get a weaker field than the local challenger. Maybe they should think about swapping the dates. :o

SwissMister1
03-16-2005, 06:18 PM
It is all about timing...Delray Beach is the week after the Aussie Open, when most players are either tired or in their home countries. Ft. Lauderdale caters to the players who got knocked out of Indian Wells, and would otherwise be sitting around in Florida waiting for Key Biscayne to start next week.

smucav
03-16-2005, 06:23 PM
Maybe they should think about swapping the dates. :oThat's impossible. No other ATP events are played during a Masters Series.

Fee
03-16-2005, 07:33 PM
Ft Lauderdale? Thought it was Sunrise.

The ATP has no respect for the Delray tournament, last year it was in September after the USO, this year it was after the AO, two years ago it competed with Scottsdale (when people still cared about Scottsdale). Delray should be the week before IW, not before the two US indoor tournaments. I wonder if it can survive a few more years or not.

CooCooCachoo
03-16-2005, 07:36 PM
And Delray Beach has a better field than Newport :) So does San Marino.

The USA has some of the weakest tournaments around.

Lee
03-16-2005, 07:38 PM
Ft Lauderdale? Thought it was Sunrise.

The ATP has no respect for the Delray tournament, last year it was in September after the USO, this year it was after the AO, two years ago it competed with Scottsdale (when people still cared about Scottsdale). Delray should be the week before IW, not before the two US indoor tournaments. I wonder if it can survive a few more years or not.

Same for Scottsdale tournament. Before it only competes with clay court tournament in South America, now it has to compete with Dubai where tons of money for appearance fee. Last year, the tournament was before IW so more players willing to come to prepare for TMS IW but this year, DC tie was moved between and the weather was usually worse at the end of Feb than beginning of March.

vogus
03-16-2005, 09:20 PM
Ft Lauderdale? Thought it was Sunrise.


Sunrise is part of the area known in South Florida as Fort Lauderdale/Broward metro.

Delray Beach started out as a 50K event itself, it upgraded maybe five years ago - the trouble is, they keep getting Challenger-level fields even as a Tour event.

Socket
03-17-2005, 04:56 PM
Here's the REAL reason why Delray Beach doesn't draw a decent field. ;)

Sharks keep beach empty again

Sightings off Delray Beach bring warnings

By Leon Fooksman
Staff Writer
Posted March 17 2005

DELRAY BEACH ˇ Hundreds of sharks sighted just off the city's beach kept swimmers and surfers out of the ocean for the second consecutive day Wednesday during one of the busiest beachgoing months.

Lifeguards prohibited swimming along the beach to prevent spinner and blacktip sharks, some 5 feet long, from mistaking people for food.

"We don't want to tempt fate," said Paul Milne, ocean rescue supervisor.

The sharks congregate off Palm Beach County every year in March and April to feast on sardines, herring, anchovies and other fish before migrating as far north as New Jersey, said George Burgess, director of the Florida program for shark research at the Florida Museum of Natural History in Gainesville.

They don't usually bother humans but have attacked swimmers and surfers because they confused splashing and shiny jewelry for fish. These sharks are known to jump out of the water while feeding, sometimes spinning up to three or four times.

No one has been injured this week in Delray Beach, Milne said.

The beach, usually crowded with Spring Breakers, was mostly empty late Wednesday afternoon. If it weren't the sharks chasing people off, winds from the southeast whipping up waves seemed to do the trick, lifeguards said.

A few swimmers and surfers braved the waters despite pleas from lifeguards and signs warning about the danger.

"I saw some sharks, but I tried not to fall down on them," said Larry Marquis, a kite-boarder from Delray Beach who was in the ocean for about two hours. He said he didn't consider the sharks dangerous and wasn't going to miss a good day of surfing.

Lifeguards will determine this morning whether swimmers and surfers can return to the water.

The sharks spend the winter months in the warmer waters off eastern Florida and the rest of the year off the Northeast states, Burgess said. They generally gather near the beach when they come across food.

Staff Researchers Barbara Hijek and William Lucey contributed to this report.

michelleg
03-17-2005, 05:38 PM
That's why life is much better on the southwest coast of Florida....lets move that superChallenger over here.

Scotso
03-18-2005, 02:25 AM
Challengers are more fun. More relaxed. Cheaper. :D