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: TELEVISION Dubai Sports Channel: Monday-Sunday Eurosport: Monday-Sunday DRAWS 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 ORDER OF PLAY - MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2004 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) ATP MEDIA NOTES - PREVIEW CITY: Dubai, United Arab Emirates SITE: The Dubai Tennis Stadium DATE: march 1-7, 2004 PRIZE MONEY: US$ 1,000,000 DRAW: 32 Singles SURFACE: Hard TOURNAMENT FASTFACTS 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. PAST CHAMPIONS 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). INDESIT ATP 2004 RACE POINTS & PRIZE MONEY BREAKDOWN 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. SINGLES W R-UP SF QF R16 R32 RACE POINTS 60 42 27 15 5 1 PRIZE US$ 187,500 98,600 52,000 27,200 14,425 7,580 MAIN DRAW HIGHLIGHTS 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. MONDAY MATCHES 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). Scottsdale: INTERNET www.ATPtennis.com www.scottsdaletennis.com/scripts/mens/ SINGLES DRAW (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) DOUBLES DRAW (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 ORDER OF PLAY - MONDAY, MARCH 1, 2004 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 FRANKLIN TEMPLETON TENNIS CLASSIC - PREVIEW NOTES TOURNAMENT: Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic CITY: Scottsdale, Arizona SITE: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess DATE: March 1-7, 2004 PRIZE MONEY: US$380,000 DRAW: SMD 32/DMD 16/SQD 32 SURFACE: Hard MAIN DRAW HIGHLIGHTS 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.