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From 2009 Proximus Diamond Games by invitation only

  • dgec
  • 05 February 2008
  • 07:02
From 2009 onwards, the Proximus Diamond Games will be a tournament by invitation only. This is caused by the WAT's rescheduling of the season from that year onwards.
The current Tier II tournament, which in February 2008 will be held at the Antwerp Sportpaleis for the seventh time, will continue on the same track in 2009: offering 5 players from the top 10, a gold and diamond racket, a unique atmosphere before, during and after the matches and so much more.

"Within the regulations of the WTA's way of rescheduling things, one could only guarantee us one or two top 10 players and the Belgian audience is used to getting more than that", according to Bob Verbeeck, general manager of Octagon cis and organising director of the Proximus Diamond Games. "The financial consequences of becoming an absolutely major tournament in the new calendar would simply be impossible for the Belgian market."

"In order for us to be able to still be reeling in the best players, we will abandon our current setup and will become a tournament by invitation only from 2009 onwards. Every title holder of official 2008 WTA tournaments will be shortlisted for invitation. From that list we will select 12 to 16 players and organize a tournament of about four days. Practical details and timing will follow early 2008, but let's concentrate on the 2008 first. That one will still run as we've run the previous ones", according to Bob Verbeeck.

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