In October, the Capital Region Development Agency announced the state was purchasing the struggling New Haven Open women¿s tennis tournament from the United States Tennis Association for $618,000. The tournament was nearly sold to the operators of a men's event in Winston-Salem, N.C., so the state prevented the tournament of leaving New Haven. The state actually bought the rights to the event (known as a "WTA sanction") and will lease the operation to a not-for-profit entity. While state officials cited the economic impact of the event, the tournament has seen a decline in attendance at the Connecticut Tennis Center. The 16-year-old event drew 45,796 in 2013, when it was won by Simona Halep. So the tournament will have a few years to boost attendance, secure sponsors and display some long-term viability.
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