Re: Farmers Classic: L.A. To Lose Its Big Tennis Tourney
So California will lose 2 ATP tournaments over the next couple of years, both being replaced by events in South America. San Jose which is the 4th oldest event on the tour (after Wimbledon, the US Open and Canadian Open) will shut down after 2013 with a tournament in Rio de Janeiro taking its place.
USA was a tennis superpower for so long, with so many great players competing for the world no.1 ranking and racking up the slam titles, plus a huge amount of depth in the top 10/20/50. Thus the smaller American tournaments used to attract very strong fields with the best American players, alongside many of the best Australian players and many of the top European players that resided in the US at least on a temporary basis.
However now tennis is dominated so strongly by European players that are not going to enter any of the smaller, non-mandatory US tournaments. Plus with it being clear that it is much better to train and develop primarily on clay instead of hard courts, less of the best or most promising foreign players are relocating to the US these days.
So the big American tournaments that are mandatory and attract all the best players will continue to be fine, but the smaller US tournaments will continue to struggle.