Zorba said:It looks cheaply built. Where are the locker rooms for the players? Or the ammenities such as food and drink stands for the fans?
It looks like a stadium that is built just to be taken down after one tournament. They can do much better than this.
Istanbullu said:^^Man can you really read? Kuvvaci says it's a temporary complex so it's normal that it looks like one...
kay:Wimbledon-esque tennis court to be built in Istanbul
Ceyhun KUBURLU – Hürriyet
Taking Wimbledon as a model, Istanbul Cup is planning to build a tennis complex containing 33 courts and a hotel in 2009 with an estimated budget of $35 million. The complex will be built near the Istanbul Atatürk Airport in Yeşilköy and the construction is to be completed in two years.
The highlight of the complex is likely to be the 10,000-seat arena. For the last two years the WTA Istanbul Cup has been played on inadequate courts. This project should fix that problem. The complex in Yeşilköy will be an important asset for Turkey in terms of tourism and its desire to host the Olympic Games.
�This is an important project that will be prestigious for Turkey,� WTA Istanbul Cup Organization Chairman Coşkun Erginer said. �The complex will boost awareness about Istanbul and attract foreign tourists.�
Erginer also asserted that sea and sand tourism does not help Turkey gain profit, as festivals, cultural activities and sporting events were more important factors in tourism worldwide.
�A single event in the United States draws 20,000 tourists spending a total amount of $219 million,� said Erginer. �Even if we assume that this number may not be possible for Turkey, we can attract many tourists that will spend a significant amount of money.�
Tennis on the rise in Turkey:
As the WTA Istanbul Cup is showing, tennis is a developing sport in Turkey. Besides the organizations, the interest towards tennis is increasing as well, with 200 tennis clubs, 2,500 courts and almost 40,000 licensed players, making up 10 percent of the total licensed sportspersons in Turkey.
�We still need more investment in tennis,� states Erginer, �The Ministry of Culture and Tourism supports us really well but local municipalities still have a lot to do.�
Erginer said that a tennis player is trained for years and millions of dollars are spent in developing world stars. Hence, four players are being sponsored by the Istanbul Cup Organization for realizing the dream of seeing a Turk competing in the Wimbledon Tennis Tournament.
Recently there has been more media coverage of tennis and Erginer thanked TV stations that are broadcasting important tournaments and also thanked entertainment stars that play tennis, as they play an important role in the awareness of that sport, not by a particular social and economic class but by varied segments of society.