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ATP releases 2004 calendar with enhanced events
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PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Florida (Ticker) - The ATP's 2004 schedule is highlighted by the expansion of the Pacific Life Open in Indian Wells and enhanced swings through Latin America and Asia.

Next season's slate, released Tuesday, contains 65 tournaments in 31 countries on six continents. It begins on January 5, 2004 in Adelaide, Chennai and Doha and concludes at the Tennis Masters Cup in Houston, the season-ending championships which begin on November 13.

"Tennis appeals to fans in all regions of the world, and our calendar is designed to reflect the uniquely global nature of this great sport," ATP chief executive officer Mark Miles said.

There will be 45 International Series tournaments, nine International Series Gold tournaments, nine Tennis Masters Series events, the ATP World Team Championships and the Tennis Masters Cup.

The Pacific Life Open now will fully operate as a combined ATP-WTA Tour tournament. The men's singles draw will increase in size from 64 to 96 and play will begin on Friday, March 12.

"The increased draw size and concurrent boost in prize money at the 2004 Pacific Life Open follows the blueprint of success showcased at the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami," said Chris Clouser, CEO of ATP Properties and president of ATP, Inc. "We'll have the greatest men and women in tennis playing in marvelous facilities on both coasts for fans to enjoy in March."

There also will be a four-tournament swing through Latin America starting in Vina del Mar, Chile on February 9.

Buenos Aires will be followed by the Brasil Open, which has been moved from its September date and will be held on clay from February 23-29. The event in Acapulco will follow from March 1-7.

Following the 2004 U.S. Open, the ATP circuit will include four tournaments in Asia, beginning with the inaugural International Series tournament in Beijing on September 13. The Asian swing also stops in Shanghai, Bangkok and Tokyo.

The ATP worked with the International Tennis Federation to incorporate the Olympic tennis event into the calendar.The Olympic tennis competition will take place in Athens, Greece from August 15-22, when players will be awarded ATP Champions Race and ATP Entry Ranking points.
 

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My thoughts:

1. Tennis season still too long. Waiting for them to push back Aussie Open and the tournaments preceding.

2.Great about the "Latin swing". With all those great players, about time South America gets its due. Also happy about the combo of Asian tournaments ending with a Masters in Beijing!

3.Still pretty ambivalent about tennis as an Olympic sport. Aren't the Olympics about showcasing those sports one would not necessarily follow? Shouldn't it be the pinnacle goal for athletes who attend?

4.Wanted to mention this last week: What's the point of a clay summer season? Clay season should end with Roland Garros. There should be a couple of more grass tournaments, then direct move into the summer hardcourt season.
 

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My thoughts:

1. Tennis season still too long. Waiting for them to push back Aussie Open and the tournaments preceding.

2.Great about the "Latin swing". With all those great players, about time South America gets its due. Also happy about the combo of Asian tournaments ending with a Masters in Beijing!

3.Still pretty ambivalent about tennis as an Olympic sport. Aren't the Olympics about showcasing those sports one would not necessarily follow? Shouldn't it be the pinnacle goal for athletes who attend?

4.Wanted to mention this last week: What's the point of a clay summer season? Clay season should end with Roland Garros. There should be a couple of more grass tournaments, then direct move into the summer hardcourt season.
1. You'll be waiting for a while. You know what we could probably be without, though? The month-long indoor season after the Australian Open (February/March). Is it really necessary?

2. Agree.

3. Most players consider the Olympics as the 5th Slam of the year. And don't forget that making tennis an Olympic sport has propelled Russian tennis to new heights, which is nice to see.

4. They need to wipe out more of the hard court tournaments, not the clay court events.

Complete list:
http://www.atptennis.com/en/tournaments/2004calendar.asp

Sopot is screwed next year.
 

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Oh great. So they've taken out a week of the clay season, and now we have Monte-Carlo, Rome and Hamburg all being played within the space of four weeks?? And followed by Roland Garros one week later!!

Gee, why don't they just go the whole hog and play them all back-to-back... :mad:
 

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They need to increase the points at the Olympics to ensure that all top players will participate! Tennis must be the only sport where Olympic Gold medal isn't hte highlight of you career.
 
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