Pro Tennis finds new cities to play in, but will it be back?
The tournament, with its modest stadium field expanded to 2,000 seats, has been sold out for its last four days. Above all, there was a nice field with Murray, a former No.1, and eight top 20 players: programming worthy of a higher level event than an ATP 250. The proximity of Indian Wells was a factor. important in the elite. player participation, and the winner turned out to be the 10th Ruud, a Norwegian who won five titles during his breakout season.
But it remains uncertain, if not unlikely, that Ruud will be able to defend his title in San Diego. A one-year license does not guarantee that the tournament will return to the city. What it offers is a chance to present a new place.
“I have a lot of titles to defend next year, and I know four of them will be played next year and for this one we’ll have to see,” Ruud said on Sunday as he cooled off. on an exercise bike after his 6-0, 6-2 demolition of Cameron Norrie in the final. “It’s obviously difficult. ATP organizes more than 60 events a year and all over the planet, so it’s not easy to find a week to fit in. This year San Diego was able to do it in five weeks, so I don’t see any reason they could ‘I won’t do it again, and I hope they will not only do it because I won, but it it was a beautiful city and wonderful weather. These are the perfect conditions to play. It’s not too hot, not too humid and the atmosphere is great.
San Diego has produced good tennis players. Maureen Connolly, who was known as Little Mo, dominated women’s football in the early 1950s, winning a Grand Slam by winning all four major singles titles in 1953. Karen Susman won the women’s singles title at Wimbledon in 1962. Kelly Jones was ranked No. 1. 1 in the world in men’s doubles in 1992. Recently, CoCo Vandeweghe made their way into the top 10 women in 2018 and Taylor Fritz reached 24th in the ATP singles rankings of the year. last, becoming the top ranked American man. Brandon Nakashima, ranked 79th at 20, is one of America’s most promising male prospects.
But there has never been an ATP Tour main event in San Diego so far, and there has been no tour-level event in San Diego County since the Carlsbad Women’s Tournament moved. in China in 2014.
The United States, once the mainstay of the men’s and women’s tours, has steadily lost tournaments to Asia and Europe. In recent years, the Indian Wells event has been the only ATP event in California, and none of the larger cities on the West Coast have had a regular men’s tour.
The decline of American tennis has played a role, especially the decline of American men’s tennis, but the change also reflects the more global nature of the sport and Asia’s new economic strength.