The match, with its modest stadium courtroom expanded to 2,000 seats, was offered out for its final 4 days. Above all, there was a high quality 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 an enormous issue within the elite gamers’ participation, and the winner turned out to be the Tenth-ranked Ruud, a Norwegian who has received 5 titles in his breakout season.
Nevertheless it stays unsure, even unlikely, that Ruud will be capable 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’ve a variety of titles to defend subsequent yr, and I do know 4 of them will probably be performed subsequent yr and for this one we should 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 closing. “It’s clearly robust. The ATP is internet hosting over 60 occasions a yr and everywhere in the planet, so it’s not straightforward to discover a week to slot in. This yr, San Diego was in a position to do that in 5 weeks, so I see no purpose why they couldn’t do it once more, and I hope they are going to do it once more not simply because I received but it surely was an incredible metropolis and nice climate. These are good situations for us to play in. It’s not too scorching, not too humid and nice ambiance.”
San Diego has produced some high quality tennis gamers. Maureen Connolly, who was referred to as Little Mo, dominated the ladies’s recreation within the early Nineteen Fifties, reaching a Grand Slam by profitable all 4 main singles titles in 1953. Karen Susman received the Wimbledon girls’s singles title in 1962. Kelly Jones was ranked No. 1 on the planet in males’s doubles in 1992. Lately, CoCo Vandeweghe broke into the ladies’s high 10 in 2018 and Taylor Fritz reached No. 24 within the ATP singles rankings final yr, turning into the top-ranked American man. Brandon Nakashima, ranked 79th at age 20, is likely one of the most promising American males’s prospects.
However there has by no means been a essential ATP Tour occasion in San Diego till now, and there was no tour-level occasion in San Diego County for the reason that girls’s match in Carlsbad moved to China in 2014.
America, as soon as the mainstay of the boys’s and ladies’s excursions, has steadily misplaced tournaments to Asia and Europe. Lately, the Indian Wells occasion has been the one ATP occasion in California, and not one of the largest West Coast cities have had an everyday males’s tour occasion.
The decline of American tennis has performed a job, significantly the decline of American men’s tennis, however the shift additionally displays the extra international nature of the game and the brand new financial energy of Asia.