This story is probably only of interest right now to those of us in L.A. but the L.A. Tennis Open just announced that Juan Martin Del Potro and Novak Djokovic have committed to play the event in 2010.
“Getting commitments this early from Juan Martin and Novak is a great way for us to start preparations in earnest for the 2010 event,” Tournament Director Bob Kramer said. “Both Juan Martin and Novak have proven they can win at the highest levels of the game. We are eager to showcase that talent during our 2010 tournament.”
In earlier posts, I talked at length about the low number of attendees for the event this summer due to the lack of star power or top ten players. Mardy Fish was the top seed and pulled out early due to injury while local favorite Sam Querrey won the event but was not enough of a “name” to draw crowds.
Del Potro won the event in 2008 so it’s good to see he will be back especially as he is the defending U.S. Open champion. If his Delpo’s return generates more ticket sales remains to be seen but at least the event is going in the right direction. Now if they can just work on lowering those ticket prices.