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Sony Open Continues To Lose Prestige With Crandon Park Renovation Plans Stymied
Published April 3, 2014
DOING THE CHARLESTON: ESPN.com's Ed McGrogan wrote Crandon Park "is not Indian Wells," and the Sony Open "shouldn't look towards the Coachella Valley for inspiration." The tourney needs to "differentiate from Indian Wells, not imitate it." However, it should "look to imitate a different American tournament in one significant way." The Family Circle Cup in Charleston, now in its 42nd year, has been "an unqualified success story at a time when tournaments are leaving the United States in droves" (ESPN.com, 4/2). Meanwhile, in Charleston, Tommy Braswell notes attendance numbers this week "climbed slightly through four days of the Family Circle Cup with the total through five sessions at 31,629, an average of 6,326." Last year's "total through four days" was 31,499. To "equal the FCC record of 95,767 (set over 14 sessions in 2010), the tournament must average 7,367 fans over 13 sessions" (Charleston POST & COURIER, 4/3).