Bastad Open set to leave WTA Calendar by 2018?- View: 1565 by Gatto Luigi
In the last nine years, since 2009, the Swedish Open in Bastad was played both on the ATP and WTA Tours in back-to-back weeks in July on clay. In the last few years, the WTA tournament was re-named as the Ericsson Open, thanks to the huge title sponsor, but according to Helsingborgs Dagblad, the WTA event could disappear from the 2018 WTA calendar.
Per the newspaper, Ericsson won't extend its sponsorship contract with the event, which puts it in a difficult monetary situation. The tournament director Christer Hult admitted that it's a difficult situation for them: 'We are going through a process where I don't exactly know what will happen.
We will see how concorrency will develop, so that we can find the most ideal solution for the Swedish market that takes the situation under control. There might be the chance that the event' status will be reduced to an ITF event.
We still believe in the tournament, but that will probably have a different format.' The ATP tournament will still be played. ALSO READ: WTA 2018 Calendar, Tokyo International event moves to Hiroshima .