Where are the female pros?
I know this topic has been discussed many times on the forums, and everyone has strong opinions either way. I think it would be interesting to hear from actual female professionals on this topic. Maybe they have commented in the past in other areas (pool magazines, other websites, etc.), I don't know.
I think CrisDeLaGarza has some interesting opinions having played in Women-only events and having dated a male professional (and she probably played in mixed events too, I don't know). This gives her perspectives on both sides with actual experience in both arenas.
I am not saying her opinions are more or less valid than the men posting here...but it would be very interesting to hear/read what other female professionals have to say.
Would the bulk of them even be interested in playing in "open" events?
For the sake of the various tournaments, it will boost attendance, along with the other benefits of increased sponsorship, coverage and all of that.
It would be cool of someone with access could poll these players to find out where they stand.
I used to play in the Planet Pool Tour, which became the now-defunct Tiger Tour, and the women were allowed to play in the Men's tourney and they had their own tourney on Sundays. To my recollection, no one complained, and it worked out just fine. I suppose part of that could be because the bulk of the male players did not feel threatened by the women.
Anyway, this "debate" could rage on and on, but in the end we are flogging a dead horse until someone with the resources organizes a successful mixed tournament.