Karl Budge already looking forward to 2019 ASB Classic

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Karl Budge already looking forward to 2019 ASB Classic

ASB Classic Tournament Director Karl Budge is already over a successful 2018 ASB Classic and is looking to make the 2019 edition better.

While the men’s edition saw some big names in the draw, the women’s edition saw the likes of Caroline Wozniacki and Agnieszka Radwanska attract the crowd.

"The restrictions of only having one top 10 player makes our lives harder,” Budge said. "I could probably sign Caroline Wozniacki next week, but that makes our life more challenging if we do that.

"What happens for the rest of the year? We've now played our card and we've got to wait to see where everyone else finishes in the rankings before we know what we can do. I'd like to see what we can do on the women's side and if we can get a slightly higher tiered tournament.”

He also spoke about some young guns and how they impressed him with off-court behaviour as well. "Every one of those players we brought out, rewarded us this year and backed up our investment in them," Budge said.

"I was impressed with Denis Shapovalov before he arrived and I'm even more so now. It's little things like thanking the player services staff before he left."

"Not only is he a great tennis talent, he's a fine young man too. I think the likes of him and Chung Hyeon this week won a lot of fans this week."


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