Originally Posted by MaxPower
Sadly I don't think the public interest in DC is large enough to get that kind of sponsorship. (sponsors always want some "return", they arent doing charity....)
I don't know why people wouldn't be interested in DC. Large public is always very nationalistic, they support their own country's players. And that's not only in tennis, UEFA Champions League offers the best football, yet FIFA World Cup gets most attention. In my opinion, DC could
be the most interesting competition for fans after slams. Only interest for random fans in MMs is that if some big names play there, they want to see them. But they don't care too much if those big names lost, main thing is that they win majors. But it'd be important for DC to get the big names playing, if only mugs play, it lacks credibility. If big names played DC more often, people would be interested to see them as well as their countries playing.
And I think ITF should pay a compensation for players playing in DC, thus making DC more attractive than a Challenger that week and 250 the following week.