IT’S OFFICIAL: PRO TENNIS WORLD OPEN STRONGEST CHALLENGER FIELD IN ATP HISTORY
Main Draw cutoff is 76 – Stronger than Scottsdale, Acapulco and ITC
(Boca Raton, FL) - Because it’s strategically scheduled between the Pacific Life Open and Nasdaq-100 Open, the Pro Tennis World Open, an ATP Challenger event, has attracted an unprecedented field of competitors to South County Regional Park in Boca Raton March 16 - 21. The main draw cutoff is an impressive 76 – compared to a cutoff of 114 for the March 1-7 Franklin Templeton Tennis Classic in Scottsdale, Arizona; 123 for the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Telefonica Movistar March 1-7 in Acapulco; and 99 for the International Tennis Championships in Delray Beach (last spring). New signups this week for the Pro Tennis World Open include Nicolas Massu (13, Chile), Gaston Gaudio (34, Argentina) and Juan Ignacio Chela (41, Argentina). Other top rated players include Arnaud Clement, Thomas Enqvist, and Karol Kucera.
Popular German player Tommy Haas and American Jan Michael Gambill have already requested wild cards. Top ten players are still eligible for the tournament’s four main draw wild cards. Final selections will be based in part on the players’ results at the Tennis Masters event at Indian Wells, starting this week.
Tournament play begins March 16, with day sessions beginning at noon, and night sessions at 7pm. Semi-finals and finals start at noon (Saturday, March 20 and Sunday, March 21), but on those days there is no night session. Tickets are still available, with general admission tickets ranging from $10 to $15 and box seats from $20 to $30. Press badges can be obtained at the will call gate with presentation of proper press credentials. Daily scores and tournament updates will be posted on the web site www.protennisworld.com
Qualifying: March 14-16, 2004
Main Draw: March 16-21
South County Regional Park
11200 Park Access Road
Boca Raton, FL 33498
Park phone and ticket sales: 561-477-9660; or toll free 877-776-8369
web ticket sales www.protennisworld.com
For details and media info, contact: J. C. Summerford, Media Director
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