I always like skimming the local news when a tournament stops in a town. You never know how a journalist will cover a sport that probably doesn’t get much general interest outside of the Grand Slams. It usually ends up as a mix of human interest stories, celebrity profiles, and the wire feeds.
In Pam Springs it’s a little different, since the Pacific Life Open is pretty much considered a fifth slam (they expect 300,000 people to cross through the gates this year) and tennis is an integral part of the desert lifestyle.
So I’m a little disappointed that this Q&A with tournament director Steve Simon in The Desert Sun wasn’t more insightful or engaging. Perhaps he didn’t want to rock the boat; it wasn’t that long ago that the tournament was in danger of closing up shop in Indian Wells.
At the very least, this article reminds the readers about the changes the Sony Ericsson WTA tour plan to make under their “Roadmap to 2009.”