Xavier & Christophe are playing the qualifications in Lyon, Oli is in the main draw... Hmmm, it's really strange to use 'Xavier' and 'qualifications' in one and the same sentence; hopefully we don't have to get used to it...
Dick is 1st seeded at the $25k challenger tournament in Quito (Ecuador) and Steve Darcis & Julien Onclin are playing a $10k future tournament in Sarreguemines (France).
Good luck to all of them!!!!
Lyon, $800k, Carpet (Indoor)
Q1: #57 (2)Xavier Malisse (BEL)
d. #287 Jean-Claude Scherrer (SUI) 6-4 6-4
Q2: #57 (2)Xavier Malisse (BEL)
d. #167 Guillermo Canas (ARG) 7-5 6-4
Q3: #57 (2)Xavier Malisse (BEL)
vs. #327 Marco Chiudinelli (SUI)
Q1: #92 (4)Christophe Rochus (BEL)
d. #153 Razvan Sabau (ROM) 6-3 6-4
Q2: #233 George Bastl (SUI) d. #92 (4) Christophe Rochus (BEL)
R1: #51 Olivier Rochus (BEL)
vs #112 (WC)Thierry Ascione (FRA)
R1: (3)Gaston Etlis/Martin Rodriguez (ARG) vs Olivier Rochus/Jim Thomas (BEL/USA)
If Xavier manages to get into the main draw, possible opponents are SE)Andrei Pavel (ROM), (6) Wayne Ferreira (RSA), (WC) Alex Corretja (ESP) or Radek Stepanek (CZE)...
Quito, $25k, clay
R1: #124 (1) Dick Norman
vs. #1043 Cristian Kordasz
Q1: Damien Reinartz (FRA) def. Julien Onclin (BEL)
6-0, 7-6 (0)
Q1: Alexandre Eischen (BEL)
def. Marc Schmidt (GER) 7-6 (4), 6-4
Q2: Alexandre Eischen (BEL)
lost to Marc Harenberg (GER) 3-6, 3-6
R1: (3) Marc Gicquel (FRA) vs. Steve Darcis (BEL)