3 Nadal, Rafael ESP
4 Djokovic, Novak SRB
5 Roddick, Andy USA
8 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS
10 Verdasco, Fernando ESP
11 Gonzalez, Fernando CHI
12 Soderling, Robin SWE
15 Robredo, Tommy ESP
19 Ferrer, David ESP
22 Blake, James USA
23 Querrey, Sam USA
24 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER
25 Ferrero, Juan Carlos ESP
26 Fish, Mardy USA
27 Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA
28 Karlovic, Ivo CRO
29 Hanescu, Victor ROU
30 Andreev, Igor RUS
31Troicki, Viktor SRB
33 Almagro, Nicolas ESP
34 Chardy, Jeremy FRA
36 Tursunov, Dmitry RUS
42 Kunitsyn, Igor RUS
43 Benneteau, Julien FRA
45 Becker, Benjamin GER
The China Open Organizing Committee announced the main draw entry list for China Open 2009 in Beijing on September 7, 2009.
??The main draw players (both male and female) entered before the sport entry deadline through rankings are all among the world top 50 players. As the highest level combined tennis event in Asia, China Open 2009 attracts a great number of stars that could even match with a grand slam. Chinese fans will be so lucky to enjoy the highest level tennis performance right in China.
??China Open will host both men’s and women’s events like the four grand slams. Its women’s event is the last stop of the four WTA crown jewel events. All the world top 47 woman players are included in women’s main draw list. On the other hand, its men’s event is one of the ATP 500 series. 18 of the world top 30 players are among the men’s main draw list, including Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, Fernando Gonzalez and Robin Soderling.
??There are altogether 60 main draw places for women’s event. The top 47 players entered before the entry deadline at the end of August qualified China Open directly. 5 places are reserved for Chinese players and overseas players who made special contribution to the development of tennis. The last 8 places are from the qualifying event held prior to the main draw match. 3 Chinese players are entered through world ranking. They are Li Na, Zheng Jie and Peng Shuai.
??As the only combined tennis event in Asia, China Open has a very impressive main draw on the man’s side. There are altogether 32 main draw places. 25 will be entered according to rankings, and there are 3 wildcard places and 4 qualifying places. The 25 players entered through ranking are among the world top 45, and 18 of them ranked among the top 30. 5 of the world top 10 players will participate in China Open. They are Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Roddick, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco. Fernando Gonzalez, Robin Soderling, Tommy Robredo, and David Ferrer (all ranked among the top 20) also chose to take part in China Open. Together with Marin Cilic who qualified by wildcard, half of the world top 20 players will show up at China Open.
??On the women’s side, the first wild card goes to Belgium player, former world No. 1,Kim Clijsters. On the men’s side Marin Cilic from Croatia, Marat Safin from Russia, and Marcos Baghdatis from Cyprus received the three wild cards. All the past champions at China Open since 2004 are most likely to meet again at China Open.
??Marat Safin had confirmed to hold his retirement ceremony at China Open. He expressed his affection and gratitude for China Open in his letter to the Chinese fans: “I had great experience at China Open last time I was there, and to win the champion at China Open is very important moment for me as well. I am very happy I will be back to Beijing this October to participate the first year of newly upgrade China Open, I would like to invite you all come and witness this great tournament with me at Olympic Stadium. And I also like you all be there and spend one of my memorable time with me at China Open.”
??“Marat Safin has several options to hold his retirement ceremony after the US Open, including Beijing, Shanghai, Paris and Moscow,” said the player manager of China Open Organizing Committee, “and yet he chose China Open to bid farewell to all his fans around the world.” Safin means a lot to China Open and China Open also witnessed Safin achieving his best accomplishments. To bid farewell at China Open is to show his gratitude for his fans in China and in Asia. Fighting in the same stadium with his sister Safina undoubted means something special for him, noted the manager.
Tennis players winning in China will be presented with new trophies in Chinese classical style vividly embodying the elements of Chinese historical relics in the up-coming China Open in early October.
??The organizer last Friday unveiled this year's trophies named the "China Cup", saying the Chinese-flavored trophies would be a cultural mark of China and Beijing.
??Unlike the previous five sessions, this year's Open will reward both the winners and runner-ups. Designed and created by Chinese artifacts experts and gold artisans, the trophies take the archetypes of national treasure relics from the Palace Museum and National Museum in terms of both materials and craftsmanship.
??The women's singles trophy takes the shape of a bronze Ding named Zilong from the National Museum. Ding, in Chinese culture, is a noble ritual bronze article representing power; and in Chinese language, it means prosperity and climax, conveying good wishes to New China's 60th anniversary falling on October 1st. It has phoenix and lucky cloud designs on the surface, meaning female power.
??Women's singles trophy
??Having been upgraded this year to a top-tier tournament in Asia, the 10-day sixth annual China Open will host a large group of grand slam stars in the Beijing Olympic tennis court on Olympic Green.
??Men's singles trophy
??The women's top seeds include the Williams sisters, Dinara Safina and Elena Dementieva who will be vying for the Zilong Ding, making the China Open women's competition a "crown jewel" of the tournament.
??The revamped China Open is expected by the organizer to plant tennis, the Olympics and sport more deeply in the country.