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best claycourt tournament?

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Re: best claycourt tournament?

Ooh, definitely Sopot. It's taken so seriously by all those top players who enter it.

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Re: best claycourt tournament?

Sjeng, i have spoken to rosie about this. but i want to go to a tournament in the summer, claycourt one and im wondering which is best considering ticket price, travel there and accomodation. i have roughly 400-500 to spend, thanks for any help by anyone
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Re: Re: best claycourt tournament?

Ah. Well, don't ask me, my Sopot suggestion was a bit of a joke referring to the short-lived participation in last year's event by a couple of top players...

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ROGER FEDERER: Yeah, I remember this one time when I went on a vacation on the Maldives. That was in the year 2001, I think. I went to this spa. I went to walk around with my girlfriend. I walk in, and we want to book a spa. This guy goes, "AHH, I remember you. You beat Sampras. I saw you on TV." That was like, really, how can you remember me? This guy has probably never been off his island and still knows me. I was a little bit shocked. Then I went to play tennis with him because he was actually the tennis teacher. It was nice.

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Re: best claycourt tournament?

Barcelona and Kitzbuhel are the best tournaments.
Barcelona is probably cheaper, and all the great clay courters play in Barcelona.

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Re: best claycourt tournament?

do you have the prices for barcelona? i cant read spanish
is Kitzbuhel close to an aiport?
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I would say Monte-Carlo, Roma and Hamburg are probably the best as they are the only clay Master Series tournaments and you can be sure all the top players will be there. Among those three, I would say Monte-Carlo is the best to go to because of the beautiful setting its in
Probably not the cheapest though

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do you have the prices for barcelona? i cant read spanish
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Go to the tournament websites which can found at the ATP site under tournaments, and on many of those they will have how to get there and the like, plus the dates.

Two, it depends on when you can go and who you want to see.

To get to Kitzbhuel from England, get a plane to Salzburg than the train from there to Kitzbhuel.

Umag is another small tournament with a great setting. To get there fly RyanAir to Trieste which is on the Italian/Slovenian border and catch a bus Umag is right next to Slovenia in the north of Croatia.

Båstad is after Wimbledon, though it's a small tournament it's had some very good winners. Go to Malmö then a train to Båstad.

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: best claycourt tournament?

Monte Carlo is definitely one of my favorites!

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Ah. Well, don't ask me, my Sopot suggestion was a bit of a joke referring to the short-lived participation in last year's event by a couple of top players...
Surely you jest! Nalbandian, Moya, and Ferrero would never lose early on purpose, especially not to leave the highly-coveted Sopot early for a pathetic TMS tournament! Such a suggestion is preposterous and down right insulting!


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Djokovic.
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Re: best claycourt tournament?

Back to the topic, I would say Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Kitzbuhel, and Gstaad are my favorites.

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Djokovic.
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Coric.
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Re: best claycourt tournament?

As for favourite clay tournaments I pretty much like them all, but for different reasons.

I actually prefer the smaller events than the TMS ones, Monte Carlo is a good tournament pity about the people that go there.

Fortunately I have been to a few of them my favourites are Båstad, Barcelona, Kitzbhuel, Casablanca, Umag and Monte Carlo.

On Nadal bumping him on the changeover, Rosol said: "It's ok, he wanted to take my concentration; I knew he would try something".


Wilander on Dimitrov - "He has mind set on imitating Federer and yes it looks good. But he has no idea what to do on the court".

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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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Re: best claycourt tournament?

I like Mote-Carlo because of the setting. I just love the whole of Monaco, it really is worth it just to see the whole place.

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Re: best claycourt tournament?

You could try Stuttgart (starting July 12 this year) The field is usually o.k. - better than Umag or Sopot in any case (Coria-Robredo was the final last year). And I guess accomodations are much cheaper than Barcelona or Kitzbuhel.
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I love Monte Carlo for the setting and the winners. I also like Barcelona because top players usually play there.
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