The Sony Ericsson WTA Tour have announced some key changes to the 2009 calendar, which seem a little to late in my mind. Most players would have already set their calendars for the year and started to make travel arrangements for the first half of the year, but the WTA Tour has decided to make changes with the biggest being the upgrade of the Warsaw Open to Premier event status.
This all doesn’t mean too much to the average tennis viewer, but basically it means the players will now get more prize money and more ranking points on offer.
The Warsaw Open, which was last won by Justine Henin in 2007, will move into the week of May 18 prior to Roland Garros and will feature $600,000 in prize money. The Polish event will replace the German Open that previously took place in Berlin.