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Re: Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #340 on: September 05, 2012, 12:34:55 PM »
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Firstly, the US government doesn't front money to the US Open as the federal governments do in Australia and France. I'm not sure about Wimbledon, GBY can probably help here.

Secondly, the US Open has begun a renovation project that will exceed one-half billion USD. Yes, the USTA has money, and it is spending it wisely now. It's going to be awesome when it's done!

I can't wait!!  :trampoline:


Babblelot,  here is a piece from the Wimbledon Website :

Finance

"Funds generated by The Championships, less tax, are used by the LTA to develop tennis in Great Britain.

In December 2008, the Club and the LTA agreed that the LTA to benefit from receiving 90 per cent of any distributable financial surplus resulting from The Championships until at least 2053.

AELTC to acquire the LTA's 50 per cent share of ownership in All England Lawn Tennis Ground plc (the company which owns the Wimbledon tennis site and facilities). Capital will therefore become freed up in 2013 for the LTA to invest in British tennis and its facilities at all levels.

For AELTC, who originally gave this 50 per cent shareholding to the LTA in 1934, the transaction returns to the Club full ownership and control of the site, enabling it to continue its central objective to maintain The Championships as the premier tennis event in the world, with facilities to match."

http://www.wimbledon.com/en_GB/about_aeltc/201205091336574569863.html

It is my understanding that the owners of the All England Lawn Tennis Club generate income via TV rights, Corporate contracts & sponsorship & ticket sales, and this funds the Wimbledon Championships.  There is no government funding.   


Perfect! Thanks for that  :good:

The USTA has money, but they can never match government funding, i.e., they can't keep pace with the Australian Open or Roland Garros (I get the impression the French are a lot tighter with the purse strings than Australia, which is obviously pouring buckets of funding into the Open.)
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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #341 on: September 05, 2012, 12:48:05 PM »
^^^ I agree, Euroka1  - the disruption causes inconvenience at the very least, for all concerned. No matter how experienced the player, the interference with momentum ./ focus could be detrimental.    It can't be conducive to best performance when players don't know if they will play or not, and in this regard I agree with those who advocate better preparation by the tournaments.   But these are outdoor events. I'd prefer to see sensible changes to the schedule to accommodate bad weather, than rooves built only on some courts.    
Friends of mine who are in NY for the USO have had to re-organise their plans in order to ensure they can get to see the players they want to see play, & had to incur extra expense as a result.  It hits at every level.

The next tournaments I am planning to go to are Paris - Bercy & the WTF in London.  Both indoors, so I won't be packing my umbrella!!

Anyway, for what it's worth given the weather, here is today's draw:




I'm not alone!!!!

I hate indoor events! The last thing I want to see is another roof. No one has been more impacted by rain the last few years than me. This year, Monday was a wash for me because The Weather Channel got the forecast all wrong. So when I left the tennis center, I didn't return as T-storms were forecast to resume at 4:15pm. They never came, but I had gone to Manhattan.

Last year I was at the Open for 3 days and 2 got completely washed out due to rain.

The year before, 1 day completely washed out. And again the year prior to that.

Now, from a spectator's point of view, I don't mind one day of rain early in the first week because they make up matches the next day and put superstars on smaller venues. I got to watch Murray in the front row of the Grandstand this way because his match had to be moved from Ashe to accommodate higher ranked men and women.



Rain wreaked havoc with 2008 RG and I watched just 7 matches in 4 days. That sucked. Good thing I was in Paris!
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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #342 on: September 05, 2012, 12:48:18 PM »
Fascinating discussion on TC this morning.

Courier backs Dallas!:
"Top players (John Isner) who have a chance to go deep in a slam should never play a tournament the week before a slam."

They consider following the lead of the French Open and extend the schedule to 15 days.

I didn't know this: in 3 years, Wimbledon will be moved back in the schedule so that there will be 3 weeks between the French Open and Wimbledon.


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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #343 on: September 05, 2012, 02:27:30 PM »
Why do you hate indoor events, Babblelot?
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« Reply #344 on: September 05, 2012, 02:32:09 PM »
I like indoor tennis. Without it - we would be watching nothing but small clay tournaments around the world. Indoor helps those who like faster surfaces since the majority of the tournament surfaces now are slow and getting slower. We need indoor tennis to give us a variety!
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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #345 on: September 05, 2012, 02:40:33 PM »
Why do you hate indoor events, Babblelot?

I like sunshine. I want to sit in the sun for hours and bake.

I play outdoors. I don't like the feel, sound, dead air of indoors. To me, it's as different as moving from clay to grass, and if there's wind, there's nothing comparable to playing outdoors (I hate wind!).

 
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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #346 on: September 05, 2012, 02:41:29 PM »
So impressed by Tipsarevic. I didn't think he could back up last year. :applause: :applause:
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« Reply #347 on: September 05, 2012, 02:44:31 PM »
Roddick came out strong today. DelPo better get some energy soon or this match will be over soon.

And poor Stan...he's being outclasses inspire of him breaking Novak- what - 2 times already!? stan is down 0-4 in the 2nd set.

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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #348 on: September 05, 2012, 02:54:16 PM »
I like Kohlshreiber's game. But he was simply outplayed By Tipsarevic here.    I see that Roddick took the first set TB. I'm watching that match now.

Wawrinka being demolished in the second set. Serving 0-5 down.  Djokovic in the zone, methinks.

Hopefully, the rain will stay away - there are some good matches coming up.

My favourites in the mixed doubles - Mirnyi / Huber are down a set. Hope they can come back.  I'm a fan of Mirnyi.
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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #349 on: September 05, 2012, 02:57:19 PM »
Wawrinka looked like a club hack on set point. What the heck was that? The whole point.
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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #350 on: September 05, 2012, 03:05:38 PM »
Stan called for the trainer.
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« Reply #351 on: September 05, 2012, 03:08:25 PM »
Looks like Stan is ready to go home. Meanwhile - Roddick /DelPo match is interesting.

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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #352 on: September 05, 2012, 03:16:32 PM »
Looks like Stan is ready to go home. Meanwhile - Roddick /DelPo match is interesting.

Pretty much a walkover.

Alex should be happy. Advantage Djokovic. A noncompetitive real match that doesn't go the distance > practice.
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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #353 on: September 05, 2012, 03:26:29 PM »
I like indoor tennis. Without it - we would be watching nothing but small clay tournaments around the world. Indoor helps those who like faster surfaces since the majority of the tournament surfaces now are slow and getting slower. We need indoor tennis to give us a variety!

Yep pretty much. I enjoy watching indoor events. Can't tell how it feels like to play indoor, as I have only played outdoors so far.
But I just can't forget the feeling when Haas was 'dominating'  indoor events, Memphis mostly...

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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #354 on: September 05, 2012, 03:28:28 PM »
Strange Roddick's retiring, he seems still a top ten player.
 
 

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« Reply #355 on: September 05, 2012, 03:35:23 PM »
C'mon Andy!!!!
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« Reply #356 on: September 05, 2012, 03:38:54 PM »
McEnroe was right. Don't serve out wide to Delpo's FH.

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Re: OFFICIAL 2012 U.S. OPEN (MEN)
« Reply #357 on: September 05, 2012, 03:48:09 PM »
There was no doubt that Djokovic would win, but what a pity that Wawrinka felt unable to continue it.  I hope he's okay.

The Roddick / Del Potro match is good stuff. Evenly matched, both men playing well.  No rain. What more does one want??
Great to see D-P finding momentum. And I haven't seen AR enjoying his tennis as much in a while. Very nice to see.

EDIT:  What?   AR down 0-3 in the 3rd set. I hope they can both continue to play well - no going AWOL.   
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« Reply #358 on: September 05, 2012, 03:49:40 PM »
So much for that.

Roddick's about to get steam rolled  :(

Delpo's not being asked to do much. Roddick has simply imploded.
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« Reply #359 on: September 05, 2012, 04:01:01 PM »
Tanking games to start the next set serving.

I didn't know that tanking games wasn't common knowledge.
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