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02-29-2004, 08:23 PM
I'll throw in the Dubai and Scottsdale previews here, but I'm not really interested in posting these here if it's annoying folks :lol:

Seriously, as I said below, it does take time, and if you prefer to get the info elsewhere, that's fine with me. I am deleting the head-to-head info, though, unless it's for the final or something, as that does take up a lot of space.

And also, I won't always be able to post the info anyway. Depends on how busy I am with the Nadal site.


Dubai Sports Channel: Monday-Sunday
Eurosport: Monday-Sunday

For the Dubai singles draw, go to: http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2004/495/MDS.pdf
For the Dubai doubles draw, go to: http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2004/495/MDD.pdf

Centre Court - 2:00 PM
G Carraz (FRA) vs (WC)O Bahrouzyan (UAE)
(Q)P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs (3)R Schuettler (GER)
Starting at 7:00 PM
(Q)T Zib (CZE) vs (6)T Henman (GBR)
(5)M Philippoussis (AUS) vs O Rochus (BEL)

Court 1 - 2:00 PM
(Q)M Dell'acqua (ITA) vs I Ljubicic (CRO)
A Pavel (ROM) vs B Ulihrach (CZE)
(1)Bhupathi/Santoro vs (WC)Al-Ghareeb/Heuberger

Court 2 - 2:00 PM
(WC)M Al-Ghareeb (KUW) vs (Q)D Van Scheppingen (NED)

CITY: Dubai, United Arab Emirates
SITE: The Dubai Tennis Stadium
DATE: march 1-7, 2004
PRIZE MONEY: US$ 1,000,000
DRAW: 32 Singles


Welcome to The Dubai Tennis Championships, one of 64 events on the 2004 ATP circuit. There are two other ATP event being played this week, the Abierto Mexicana Telefonica MoviStar in Acapulco and the Franklin Templeton Classic in Scottsdale.
There are 60 INDESIT ATP 2004 Race points at stake for the winner of the Dubai Tennis Championships. The 2004 ATP circuit ends with the prestigious Tennis Masters Cup, the official year-end tournament held this year in Houston, Texas, and which is co-owned by the ATP, Grand Slams and ITF.
The Dubai Tennis Championships were held for the first time in 1993 when Karel Novacek defeated 2002 champion Fabrice Santoro in the final. Santoro returns to this year’s event, along with defending champion Roger Federer.

Year Singles Winner Runner-up Doubles Winners
2003 Roger Federer Jiri Novak L. Paes-D. Rikl
2002 Fabrice Santoro Younes El Aynaoui M. Knowles-D. Nestor
2001 Juan Carlos Ferrero Marat Safin J. Eagle-S. Stolle
2000 Nicolas Kiefer Juan Carlos Ferrero J. Novak-D. Rikl
1999 Jerome Golmard Nicolas Kiefer W. Black-S. Stolle
1998 Alex Corretja Felix Mantilla M. Bhupathi-L. Paes
1997 Thomas Muster Goran Ivanisevic S. Groen-G. Ivanisevic
1996 Goran Ivanisevic Albert Costa B. Black-G. Connell
1995 Wayne Ferreira Andrea Gaudenzi G. Connell-P. Galbraith
1994 Magnus Gustafsson Sergi Bruguera T. Woodbridge-M. Woodforde
1993 Karel Novacek Fabrice Santoro J. Fitzgerald-A. Jarryd

Former Champions in Draw 2 - Roger Federer (2003); Fabrice Santoro (2002)
2004 ATP Winners in Draw 3 - Dominik Hrbaty (Adelaide, Auckland, Marseille); 1- Guillermo Coria (Buenos Aires), Roger Federer (Australian Open).

The INDESIT ATP 2004 Race began with all players starting the year with zero points. The player who accumulates the most points at the end of the calendar year will become the World No. 1. Points are calculated from a player’s performance in the four Grand Slams, the nine Tennis Masters Series tournaments and best five International Series Gold/International Series events. The Tennis Masters Cup in Houston will count as an additional 19th tournament for the eight players who qualify.

Below are the INDESIT ATP 2004 Race points and prize money breakdown for this event.

RACE POINTS 60 42 27 15 5 1
PRIZE US$ 187,500 98,600 52,000 27,200 14,425 7,580


With eight of the current Top 15 in the INDESIT ATP Entry Ranking in the draw, the Dubai Tennis Championships has produced some mouthwatering clashes in the early rounds.
Top seed and defending champion Roger Federer opens his campaign for the title against Russian wild card Marat Safin in a repeat of their Australian Open final earlier this year. Federer won that match in straight sets to claim his second Grand Slam title and currently leads their head-to-head series 4-1. Safin, who reached the Dubai final in 2001 (retired against Ferrero in the second set) recorded his only victory over the Swiss star in the quarterfinals in Moscow in 2002. Safin has a 5-2 record in Dubai while Federer is 6-1.
Federer, who won the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in Houston during a 16-match winning streak through the Australian Open, suffered his only loss of the season in the quarterfinals in Rotterdam at the hands of Tim Henman, the No. 6 seed this week.
The winner of the Federer-Safin match could meet Henman in the third round. The Briton, who finished last season by claiming his first Tennis Masters Series shield at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris, faces Czech qualifier Tomas Zib for the third time (Henman leads 2-0).
Also in the top half of the draw is No. 4 seed David Nalbandian, the 22-year-old Argentine who takes on Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in the first round. Nalbandian, making his first appearance in Dubai, is 5-1 in 2004 having lost to Federer in the quarterfinals at the Australian Open. Nalbandian has won three of his four meetings with Nieminen, including the Estoril Open final in 2002 and last year’s second round match at the US Open, where he won the fifth-set tie-break before going on to reach the semifinals (l. to Roddick).
In the bottom half of the draw, second seed Guillermo Coria also makes his Dubai debut when he takes on Russian Mikhail Youzhny. Coria has won their last three meetings, although Youzhny won the first time they played each other in St. Petersburg, Russia in 2002. Coria, who won the Buenos Aires title two weeks ago, has a 9-2 record so far this year.
Coria is seeded to meet No. 5 Mark Philippoussis in the third round. The Australian, who faces Olivier Rochus in the first round, has a 5-5 record in 2004 having advanced to the quarterfinals in Sydney and the fourth round at the Australian Open.
Third seed Rainer Schuettler, who started to turn his season around after an 0-3 start with a quarterfinal appearance in Rotterdam two weeks ago, opens his campaign for the title against fellow German Philipp Kohlschreiber. Schuettler is making his fifth appearance in Dubai having reached the quarterfinals in 2002 and ’03. He is seeded to meet No. 7 Paradorn Srichaphan in the quarterfinals this year, although the Thai star will have to overcome the in-form Dominik Hrbaty in the first round. Hrbaty, a winner in Adelaide and Auckland at the beginning of the year, captured his third title in 2004 in Marseille last week and has a 17-2 record so far.
In the doubles, top seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Fabrice Santoro will be hoping to maintain their perfect record together. The pair won the title in Auckland earlier this year in their only previous appearance as a team. Second seeds Jonas Bjorkman and Leander Paes - last year's Dubai winner with David Rikl - also team up for only the second time (1999 Los Angeles), while 2002 champions Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor will be looking to win their second consecutive title having won in Marseille last week.


First round action at The Dubai Tennis Championships gets underway on Monday with No. 3 seed Rainer Schuettler, No. 5 seed Mark Philippoussis and No. 6 seed Tim Henman all taking to Centre Court.
In the opening match of the tournament, the in-form Frenchman Gregory Carraz meets local wild card Omar Bahrouzyan in the first round. Carraz arrives in Dubai having defeated Juan Carlos Ferrero in Marseille last week before losing to eventual finalist Robin Soderling in the second round. Carraz, who is making his first appearance in Dubai, reached the semifinals in Milan (l. to Dupuis) and the quarterfinals in Auckland (l. to Nadal). Bahrouzyan, the 22-year-old from the United Arab Emirates, is playing in Dubai - the only ATP tournament he has ever appeared in - for the fourth time. He has an 0-3 record having lost against Andrei Pavel in 2001, Tim Henman in 2002 and Younes El Aynaoui in 2003.
In an all-German first round clash, third seed Rainer Schuettler faces qualifier Philipp Kohlschreiber for the first time. Schuettler, who began the season with an 0-3 record, reached the quarterfinals in Rotterdam two weeks ago before losing to eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt. The 20-year-old Kohlschreiber reached the quarterfinals in Auckland (losing to eventual champion Hrbaty).
Sixth seed Tim Henman returns to Dubai for sixth time, having advanced to the quarterfinals in 1999 (l. to Golmard) and 2002 (l. to Thomas Johansson). The Briton, who faces Tomas Zib in the first round, has reached semifinals this year in Doha and Rotterdam. He has won both of his previous meetings against Zib - in the first round at Wimbledon and second round in Basel, both in 2003.
Fifth seed Mark Philippoussis makes his first appearance in Dubai as he faces Belgian Olivier Rochus for the first time. Philippoussis, began the season by reaching the the quarterfinal in Sydney and the fourth round at the Australian Open, while Rochus won his first match of the year last week in Marseille (d. Beck, l. to Clement).



(1) A Roddick (USA) vs J van Lottum (NED)
(Q) G Marcaccio (ARG) vs (WC) A Bogomolov Jr. (USA)
(WC) B Evans vs J-M Gambill (USA)
L Burgsmuller (GER) vs (5) T Dent (USA)
(4) V Spadea (USA) vs (WC) T Johansson (SWE)
A Corretja (ESP) vs W Arthurs (AUS)
I Andreev (RUS) vs M Ancic (CRO)
M Vassalo Arguello (ITA) vs (6) J Blake (USA)
(7) N Kiefer (GER) vs B Vahaly (USA)
I Karlovic (CRO) vs D Tursunov (RUS)
W Moodie (RSA) vs A Dupuis (FRA)
(Q) T Phillipps (USA) vs (3) R Ginepri (USA)
(8) W Ferreira (RSA) vs V Hanescu (ROM)
X Malisse (BEL) vs R Soderling (SWE)
(Q) C Mamiit (USA) vs J-R Lisnard (FRA)
(Q) Y Allegro (SUI) vs M Verkerk (NED)

(1) Allegro/Koenig vs Ginepri/Kendrick
Burgsmuller/Karlovic vs (WC) Dent/T Lloyd
(4) Leach/MacPhie vs Coupe/Shimada
Gambill/Parrott vs (WC) Tursunov/Vahaly
Ancic/Dupuis vs Bowen/Fisher
Kiefer/Moodie vs (3) Kerr/Perry
van Lottum/Verkerk vs Humphries/Spadea
Coetzee/Haggard vs (2) Blake/Merklein

Stadium - 10:00 AM
I Karlovic (CRO) vs A Tursunov (RUS)
(7) N Kiefer (GER) vs B Vahaly (USA)
L Burgsmuller (GER) vs (5) T Dent (USA)
I Andreev (RUS) vs M Ancic (CRO)
7:00 PM
(WC) B Evans (USA) vs J-M Gambill (USA)
(4) Leach/MacPhie vs Coupe/Shimada

Clubhouse - 10:00 AM
van Lottum/Verkerk vs Humphries/Spadea
W Moodie (RSA) vs A Dupuis (FRA)
(1) Allegro/Koenig vs Ginepri/Kendrick
Coetzee/Haggard vs (2) Blake/Merklein


TOURNAMENT: Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic
CITY: Scottsdale, Arizona
SITE: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
DATE: March 1-7, 2004
DRAW: SMD 32/DMD 16/SQD 32


More than half of this year's main draw (20 of 32) are making their first appearance in Scottsdale, led by top seed Andy Roddick and No. 2 Martin Verkerk.
Five of the Top 8 seeds are Americans -- No. 1 Roddick, No. 3 Robby Ginepri, No. 4 Vincent Spadea, No. 5 Taylor Dent, and No. 6 James Blake. In fact all four seeds in the top half of the draw are Americans (Roddick, Spadea, Dent and Blake).
The wild cards are 2002 Australian Open champion Thomas Johansson, rising American Alex Bogomolov Jr. and 17-year-old Brendan Evans, who is making his ATP main draw debut. All three are playing in Scottsdale for the first time.
Top seed Roddick, who is No. 3 in the INDESIT ATP Entry Rankings, brings a 14-3 match record on the season into his first round match against Dutchman John van Lottum. Roddick opened the season with a 2nd RD loss in Doha (l. to Bjorkman) and followed with a quarterfinal showing at the Australian Open where he lost to Marat Safin in five sets. He then defeated Stefan Koubek and Jurgen Melzer in straight sets to help the U.S. to a 5-0 victory over Austria in a Davis Cup first round tie in Connecticut. He followed with his 12th career ATP title in San Jose (d. Fish) and in his last tournament in Memphis, he lost in the quarterfinals to Thomas Enqvist.
Also in the top half of the draw, fourth seed Spadea plays Johansson in the first round. Fifth seed Dent, a semifinalist in Scottsdale last year, takes on Lars Burgsmuller for the first time. Blake, the sixth seed and quarterfinalist last year, plays Italian Martin Vassalo Arguello.
In the bottom half of the draw, second seed and last year's Roland Garros finalist Martin Verkerk plays qualifier Yves Allegro of Switzerland. Verkerk has a 7-4 match record on the season, having reached the semifinals in Sydney and quarterfinals in Milan, where he captured his first career ATP title last year.
Other seeds in the bottom half are No. 3 Ginepri, who takes on qualifier Tripp Phillips, No. 7 Nicolas Kiefer (vs. Brian Vahaly), coming off his runner-up effort in Memphis, and No. 8 Wayne Ferreira (vs. Victor Hanescu), one of two former Scottsdale champions (Gambill) in the tournament.
In the doubles draw, the top seeds are Yves Allegro and Robbie Koenig, playing together for the first time. The No. 2 seeds are defending champions James Blake and Mark Merklein.

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02-29-2004, 09:04 PM
It's most useful and i greatly appreciate it. Please continue. :D

02-29-2004, 09:37 PM
Forgot about Acapulco. Here's that ATP Preview:

For the Acapulco singles draw, go to: <http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2004/807/MDS.pdf>
For the Acapulco doubles draw, go to: <http://www.atptennis.com/posting/2004/807/MDD.pdf>

Center Court - start 11:00 AM
Not before 3:00 PM
C Rochus (BEL) vs R Gasquet (FRA)
Not before 5:00 PM
Not before 8:00 PM
(WC)O Hernandez (MEX) vs (2)N Massu (CHI)

Court 2 - start at 11:00 AM
A Montanes (ESP) vs (7)JI Chela (ARG)

Court 3 - start at 11:00 AM
H Levy (ISR) vs S Koubek (AUT)
Not before 5:00 PM
(Q)D Norman (BEL) vs O Hernandez (ESP)


CITY: Acapulco, Mexico
SITE: The Fairmont Acapulco Princess
DATE: March 1 - March 7, 2004
PRIZE MONEY: $652,000
DRAW: 32 Singles


Welcome to Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Telefonica Movistar, one of 64 events on the 2004 ATP circuit. Two other ATP events are taking place this week, the Dubai Tennis Championships and the Franklin Templeton Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona, USA. The ATP circuit ends with the prestigious Tennis Masters Cup, the official year-end tournament that is co-owned by the ATP, Grand Slams and ITF, and held this year in Houston, Texas, USA.

The Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Telefonica Movistar is the fourth and final tournament of the inaugural four-week Latin American Swing that began in Vina del Mar, Chile, went to Buenos Aires, Argentina, and then to Costa do Sauipe, Brazil (for the first time on clay in Brazil), before coming to Mexico.

50 INDESIT ATP 2004 Race points and US$120,500 await the winner of this week's event.

This tournament has a great history in Mexico and, more recently, in the city of Acapulco. It moved to Acapulco from Mexico City in 2001 and celebrates its fourth year at the Fairmont Acapulco Princess. Thomas Muster won this event four years in a row from 1993 to 1996 but since then, no player has won the event twice. During the three years in Acapulco the tournament has seen six different players reach the final. Gustavo Kuerten won this event in 2001, the same year he won his most recent Roland Garros title.

02-29-2004, 10:23 PM
Thanks, Susan. Please keep posting on Scottsdale. I live nearby, and I've been pretty busy, and the weather is very iffy this week, but I just might slip out for a session or two. The results and order of play are particularly helpful. I've attended this tournament in the past, as well as the women's (gone), but as you know, it's difficult to get timely and accurate information on pro tennis in certains parts of the states.


02-29-2004, 10:32 PM
Hi, bcaz. Again, I love all this info, too, but I'm addicted.

Still, it does take up a lot of room on the board, and a few people have complained (not just Shaolin), and he is right. The posts are long.

But I'm happy to continue with Scottsdale this week, and the others as well. I'll try to post all 3 at the same time, and make a separate thread, which others can avoid. Although with the time zone differences, some news is old before I post it.

But I will be at Indian Wells, so no updates then. :lol: Although I will be doing daily on-scene reports on other boards.

Have fun in Scottsdale! :D I just love this time of the tennis year!

Take care.


03-01-2004, 07:34 AM
i voted yes!
thanks susan for takin the time to share the information with us..

03-01-2004, 09:51 AM

03-01-2004, 04:51 PM
No problem. Happy to do it. It seems that most folks like it, or don't mind it, so I'll post them as I have time. :D

Lots of upsets in Dubai today. I'll post them in a new thread shortly. :mrgreen:


03-01-2004, 05:15 PM
Keep em coming I guess, if I don't want to read it, I'll scroll over it. No offense, but a lot of these exact same things can be found on the ATP website everyday.

03-01-2004, 05:26 PM
No offense taken. Yes, they generally are posted there. But we usually get them first. :lol: Although by the time I post them here, they may be up on atptennis.

But sometimes folks like one-stop shopping, and don't want to have to check other sites. But if folks would rather just go to atptennis.com and not have them here, that's fine. I'll keep posting them for now, to the extent I have time, and I can always stop if folks are finding it too duplicative.

But having the info posted directly on this site may give folks an idea for a topic of discussion. Some other sites I visit post daily news, and that news will generate topics of discussion. And that's kind of the point. :mrgreen:


03-01-2004, 07:36 PM
i agree that by posting the info here itd serve as a starting point to many good discussions = more good posts on this forum = a better place to check out!

03-01-2004, 08:16 PM
Yes, I agree. That's what happens on other sites; some piece of news is posted, someone comments on it, and then you get a great discussion going on current things on the Tour.

In my personal view, this site could use a bit more of that. The talk of GOAT's and hypotheticals is wonderful, but some more talk about what's currently going on in the pro Tour would be good, too. Just to mix it up a bit.

But we've had about 300 views of this post, and only 30 people have voted in the poll. I sense a bit of apathy. :lol: So we'll just play it by ear.

But thanks to the folks who took the time to respond, whatever the response was. I wanted to hear your views and I appreciate the responses.


03-01-2004, 08:45 PM
It is kind of hard to talk about whats going on the tour when we never get to see any of the matches on tv. Unless you have the tennis channel that is.

03-01-2004, 09:16 PM
I agree, Zara. But second-hand accounts are the next best thing to being there. And there's a lot of potential that this site is not tapping into, IMHO.

It would be nice if folks who see the matches on TTC, post their thoughts here. Or if folks who go to tourneys and see matches live, also post their thoughts here. Get some discussions going, especially for fans who can't see the stuff live.

Yes, we can live in the past and talk about GOAT's and stuff, but we also can share current info, too. That's what many of us do on other sites. And I like it. I think it could be done here, too. You guys just aren't used to sharing (I emphasize the word "sharing") current info. And maybe you don't want to, which is okay as well. But I think it would be cool if you did. :mrgreen:

03-01-2004, 09:20 PM

finally some non "slam" coverage :)