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ATP Chennai Preview
JANUARY 4, 2004
Chennai Preview: Moya, Srichaphan Hold Top Seeds
With the ATP Champions Race 2004 kicking off this week, the tournament champion in Chennai will share second place in the Race with the tournament champion in Adelaide. The tournament champion in Doha will hold the honor of leading the Race after week one.
Top seed Carlos Moya reached the quarterfinals in his only previous Chennai appearance in 1999. He will play a qualifier in the first round.
Defending champion Paradorn Srichaphan is 9-1 career in Chennai, having reached the final on debut in 2002 and winning the title last year. He will play Spaniard Albert Montanes in the first round.
Third seed Sjeng Schalken is making his second appearance in Chennai. He lost in the first round in 1999.
Ten Spaniards are in the 32-man main draw, including seeds (1)Moya, (4)Tommy Robredo, (5)Felix Mantilla, (6)Rafael Nadal and (7)David Ferrer.
France is also strongly represented with five players: (8)Anthony Dupuis, Olivier Mutis, Thierry Ascione, Jean-Rene Lisnard, Paul-Henri Mathieu.
The four players who made the biggest ranking jumps in 2003 are all competing in Chennai: France's Thierry Ascione (who moved 455 places to end 2003 with an ATP entry ranking of No. 89), Russia's Dmitry Tursunov (moved 233 places to No. 98), Igor Andreev (moved 196 places to No. 90) and Spanish teenager Rafael Nadal (moved 188 places to No. 47)
Of the 12 known first-round match-ups, 10 will be first-time meetings.