The match, with its modest stadium court docket expanded to 2,000 seats, was bought out for its final 4 days. Above all, there was a superb area with Murray, a former No. 1, and eight top-20 gamers: a lineup worthy of a higher-level occasion than an ATP 250. The proximity to Indian Wells was a giant issue within the elite gamers’ participation, and the winner turned out to be the Tenth-ranked Ruud, a Norwegian who has gained 5 titles in his breakout season.
But it stays unsure, even unlikely, that Ruud can be ready to defend his title in San Diego. A one-year license offers no assure that the match will return to the town. What it does present is an opportunity to showcase a brand new venue.
“I have a lot of titles to defend next year, and I know four of them will be played next year and for this one we will have to see,” Ruud mentioned on Sunday as he cooled down on an train bike after his 6-0, 6-2 demolition of Cameron Norrie within the last. “It’s obviously tough. The ATP is hosting over 60 events a year and all over the planet, so it’s not easy to find a week to fit in. This year, San Diego was able to do this in five weeks, so I see no reason why they couldn’t do it again, and I hope they will do it again not just because I won but it was a great city and great weather. These are perfect conditions for us to play in. It’s not too hot, not too humid and great atmosphere.”
San Diego has produced some superb tennis gamers. Maureen Connolly, who was often called Little Mo, dominated the ladies’s recreation within the early Fifties, attaining a Grand Slam by profitable all 4 main singles titles in 1953. Karen Susman gained the Wimbledon ladies’s singles title in 1962. Kelly Jones was ranked No. 1 on this planet in males’s doubles in 1992. Recently, CoCo Vandeweghe broke into the ladies’s high 10 in 2018 and Taylor Fritz reached No. 24 within the ATP singles rankings final 12 months, changing into the top-ranked American man. Brandon Nakashima, ranked 79th at age 20, is likely one of the most promising American males’s prospects.
But there has by no means been a foremost ATP Tour occasion in San Diego till now, and there was no tour-level occasion in San Diego County for the reason that ladies’s match in Carlsbad moved to China in 2014.
The United States, as soon as the mainstay of the lads’s and ladies’s excursions, has steadily misplaced tournaments to Asia and Europe. In current years, the Indian Wells occasion has been the one ATP occasion in California, and not one of the greatest West Coast cities have had a daily males’s tour occasion.
The decline of American tennis has performed a task, significantly the decline of American males’s tennis, but the shift additionally displays the extra international nature of the game and the brand new financial power of Asia.