Pilot tennis tournament to face a new challenge

This year's Pilot Pen tennis tournament failed to ink the games biggest stars. Now, people are wondering if it can survive next year when it competes against a major golf tournament.The Greater Hartford golf tournament and the Pilot tennis tournament are scheduled for the same week next year. At the service line, it's a game, but beyond the courts it's a big, serious business. Now in its sixth year, the Pilot Pen tennis tournament has established a strong niche on the women's tour. Tournament Director Anne Worcester speaks with pride about the Pilot, which has become a success by any measure of a sport event. But the pilot will face a new challenge next year when the Hartford Open takes place during the same week. Even the fans find the scheduling curious.The Pilot has survived a modest history, changing sponsors and formats until 1998 when the tournament took a turn for the better. Worcester, who presided over the turnaround, can't hide the disappointment in her voice when she confronts the scheduling change.

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