WTA Copenhagen to retain hard court surface: Organisers

Copenhagen: The WTA tennis tournament in Danish capital Copenhagen has dropped plans to switch to clay courts from the existing hard courts, its organizers said on Monday.

"It is expensive to create three indoor clay courts that are needed at this level. It will cost the tournament roughly an additional 600,000 to 800,000 Danish kroner (USD 105,000-139,000) to hold the tournament on clay," said Steen Thomsen, chairman of Nordic Sports Group, which organises the tournament.

"So it clear, that it is sensible to save this money," he told a Danish newspaper.

The USD 220,000 event has considered switching from hard court to clay for some time now in a bid to attract more big name tennis players.

"At the same time, we are in direct competition with an outdoor clay court event in Spain. So if a player is a clay court specialist, they will probably choose that (event) instead of ours," Thomsen said.

According to the daily, the 2011 WTA Copenhagen attracted criticism from some players and coaches as it took place shortly before the Wimbledon grass court tournament.

That meant players participating in both events had to adapt quickly between different surfaces. But this arrangement looks likely to continue in 2012 as well.

"As it appears now, the tournament will remain fixed as a hard-court tournament in April. But if the WTA changes its schedule, it can also mean changes to our tournament," Thomsen told the daily.

Women`s world no.1 tennis star Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark has won the previous two editions of the WTA Copenhagen and is scheduled to play there again this year.