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Daily Bagel: Will China host a Grand Slam one day?

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Back in 2008 China’s current tennis idol Li [Na] declared the January Grand Slam should be moved to Shanghai, citing better climate. [Todd] Woodbridge thinks that’s off the cards.

“I don’t think that’s going to happen,” he told The Guardian. “The government has invested heavily in the sport and the precinct of Melbourne Park to make sure the Australian Open stays. In 2014 and 2015 we’ll have three courts with roofs on them. Asia though, by 2030 they’ll be putting pressure on.”

While Woodbridge believes it’s unlikely the fourth Grand Slam will shift north, China is certainly pushing to host a fifth. “You cannot buy into tradition, you cannot buy a Wimbledon,” said Luevano. “But I think we [China] can be the fifth major, no question. Shanghai is headed in that direction to become a fifth major event.”

China Open tournament director Alfred Zhang also openly declared that the Beijing tournament aimed to one day become the fifth Grand Slam when it debuted in 2004. “It might be an unrealistic goal in the near future, but it should be the direction we are supposed to go,” Zhang recently told the China Daily.

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  • Published On Nov 19, 2013
  • 3 comments
    Tom14
    Tom14

    Golf has thrown bundles of money at different tournaments to "create" a 5th Major. Tennis has tried with the WTF and either Indian Wells or Key Biscayne. It never works there is still some things when tradition holds. The good people of Australia rescued that slam 25 years ago and have been great incorporating it as the Pacific Slam. The fifth slam will be as silly as the 4th triple crown.

    PurityPrydain
    PurityPrydain

    I think China could host a Grand Slam - as long as they clean up the smog issues.  The haze during the China Open was very noticeable.  I can't imagine a 4 or 5 hour match being played in that stuff.

    ChrisM
    ChrisM

    WHOA...did Joker make his bed and now have to lie in it?  Can't read Serbian but can't help but think he is being "black balled" for speaking out!