Friday, December 14, 2007

Changes in the 2008 tour calendar

2008 will bring some changes in the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour calendar that include upgrades, new placements and the addition of a new tournament. In February, Chile's Cachantun Cup, a Tier III event, will debut. It will be held on the coast in Vina del Mar. Other changes in the first half of the season include upgrading the Bangalore Open to a Tier II, and upgrading the Qatar Total Open to Tier I status, with a purse of $2,500,000. Also, the Toray Pan Pacific Open in Tokyo is being moved from February to September.

Another big change will be the movement of the Sony Ericsson Championships from Madrid to Doha. And of course, the Olympics will be held in August in Beijing.