Pro Tennis Finds New Cities to Play In, but Will It Return?

The event, with its modest stadium court docket expanded to 2,000 seats, was offered out for its final 4 days. Above all, there was a tremendous area with Murray, a former No. 1, and eight top-20 gamers: a lineup worthy of a higher-level occasion than an ATP 250. The proximity to Indian Wells was an enormous issue within the elite gamers’ participation, and the winner turned out to be the Tenth-ranked Ruud, a Norwegian who has received 5 titles in his breakout season.

Nevertheless it stays unsure, even unlikely, that Ruud might be in a position to defend his title in San Diego. A one-year license supplies no assure that the event will return to the town. What it does present is an opportunity to showcase a brand new venue.

“I’ve lots of titles to defend subsequent yr, and I do know 4 of them might be performed subsequent yr and for this one we may have to see,” Ruud stated on Sunday as he cooled down on an train bike after his 6-0, 6-2 demolition of Cameron Norrie within the remaining. “It’s clearly powerful. The ATP is internet hosting over 60 occasions a yr and all around the planet, so it’s not simple to discover a week to slot in. This yr, San Diego was in a position to do that in 5 weeks, so I see no purpose why they couldn’t do it once more, and I hope they are going to do it once more not simply because I received but it was an ideal metropolis and nice climate. These are good situations for us to play in. It’s not too scorching, not too humid and nice environment.”

San Diego has produced some tremendous tennis gamers. Maureen Connolly, who was referred to as Little Mo, dominated the ladies’s sport within the early Nineteen Fifties, attaining a Grand Slam by profitable all 4 main singles titles in 1953. Karen Susman received the Wimbledon ladies’s singles title in 1962. Kelly Jones was ranked No. 1 on the earth in males’s doubles in 1992. Not too long ago, CoCo Vandeweghe broke into the ladies’s high 10 in 2018 and Taylor Fritz reached No. 24 within the ATP singles rankings final yr, changing into the top-ranked American man. Brandon Nakashima, ranked 79th at age 20, is likely one of the most promising American males’s prospects.

But there has by no means been a most important ATP Tour occasion in San Diego till now, and there was no tour-level occasion in San Diego County because the ladies’s event in Carlsbad moved to China in 2014.

The US, as soon as the mainstay of the lads’s and ladies’s excursions, has steadily misplaced tournaments to Asia and Europe. Lately, the Indian Wells occasion has been the one ATP occasion in California, and not one of the greatest West Coast cities have had an everyday males’s tour occasion.

The decline of American tennis has performed a job, notably the decline of American males’s tennis, but the shift additionally displays the extra international nature of the game and the brand new financial power of Asia.

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