In NZ also will play Novak and Gonzalez .
Tournament Director Graham Pearce said “Gonzalez is very excited about playing the Heineken Open in January. With his huge run of form at this years US Open he is hoping to play well in Auckland and carry this form into the Australian Open, as his country man Marcelo Rios has done previously. Gonzalez adds further depth to what is proving to be an extremely strong line up.”
World No 7 Likely To Be Top Seed At Heineken Open
The 2003 Heineken Open featuring the Vodafone singles and doubles will see the return of 1996 champion and top ten player Jiri Novak of the Czech Republic.
Novak will be returning for the tournament as the number one seed with a current world ranking of seven. This ranking could improve again this week as he takes part in the season ending $US 3.7 million, Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, matching him against the top 8 players in the world.