The Lawn Tennis Association will review the structure of the grass court season after spectators at the AEGON Classic missed out on seeing top British stars because of a clash with another event also held in the Midlands.
In most of the previous 30 years tennis fans coming to Birmingham have seen the leading home players such as long time No. 1 Elena Baltacha or former leading lady Anne Keothavong.
However, this month national No. 2 Heather Watson was the only prominent Briton in the Classic field as Baltacha, Keothavong and rising star Laura Robson played in the AEGON Nottingham Challenge.
Instead wild cards were handed to Samantha Murray, Emily Webley-Smith, and former quarter-finalist Melanie South, none of whom won even a single set.
Indeed the starring role from a domestic point of view belonged to Naomi Broady, a player who operates outside the LTA auspices having had her funding withdrawn for a misdemeanour during her junior days.
From that point of view local fans missed out as Baltacha went on to lift the Nottingham challenger while home interest faded in the third round at the Priory.
The governing body will, therefore, review the structure but with only a few weeks into which to cram their events there does not appear to be much wriggle room at first glance.
Nevertheless tournament director Patrick Hughesman was largely pleased with the running of the Classic.
“It’s been a good week,” he said. “It was great to have played up to finals day fairly continuously, we had much better weather than the previous year.
“It was disappointing at the beginning of the week to lose Maria Sharapova but I think the other stars that came made up for that ably. Ticket sales are up and our semi-finals day, when we had Martina Navratilova appearing, was a sell-out.”