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ATP Approves Memphis Tourney Sale To Brazilian Venture, Relocation Of San Jose Event
Published April 24, 2012
LEAVING A VOID: In S.F., Ron Kroichick notes the elimination of San Jose's event "did not come as entirely surprising news, given the SAP Open's struggle to attract top players and sizable crowds in recent years." But it "still counted as a jolt in many ways, given the Bay Area's rich tennis tradition." Lehr said, "The history and longevity of pro tennis in the Bay Area is definitely something we didn't take lightly. That's one reason we're going to continue to try to find ways to bring tennis to San Jose." Lehr was "referring to potential exhibition matches, ideally involving some of the sport's big names." SSE will "remain involved in the tennis business." Lehr "traced attendance woes in the Bay Area to the limitations of HP Pavilion." He said, "Part of it was the single court, and having to spread out the tournament a lot differently than in a facility with multiple courts" (S.F. CHRONICLE, 4/24).