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Ten notable features of the Roadmap

The WTA Tour will undergo various permutations in 2009. Here is a look at 10 notable features of Roadmap 2009.

Originally Published: October 29, 2008
By Kamakshi Tandon | Special to ESPN.com

1. Premier tournaments

The WTA tournaments below the Grand Slams are currently divided into four groups: Tier I, Tier II, Tier III and Tier IV. Officially, there will be just two next year -- premier and international events.

Unofficially, however, the premier events will consist of four distinct types: mandatory (all eligible players must play), premier five (seven of the top 10), premier (two to three of the top six marquee players), and open (no minimum ...

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