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some players confirmed for 2006

It's been reported that Gonzo, Robby G and Juan Carlos will all be back in Auckland next year! yay Also, Mark P's accepted a wildcard...

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thanks for that............ this sucks big time (for me anyway!)


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MELBOURNE, Nov 2 (Reuters) - Former world number one Juan Carlos Ferrero has confirmed he will return to play the Auckland Open tennis tournament in January, organisers said on Wednesday.

Spaniard Ferrero, the 2003 French Open champion, had an injury- and illness-ravaged 2004 but has spent 2005 rebuilding his career and is currently ranked 19th in the world.

The 25-year-old lost to Czech Republic's Jan Hernych in the first round in Auckland this year.

"It is always a special treat for ... spectators to be able to see a player who has been a world number one," tournament director Graham Pearce said on Wednesday. "Juan Carlos is a class player getting back to his threatening best."

Chile's Fernando Gonzalez, the world number 13, has also been confirmed to defend the title he won earlier this year.

World number 18 Robby Ginepri of the United States has also confirmed he will play, while Australian Mark Philippoussis has been given a wild card for the January 9-14 tournament.

Philippoussis, a former U.S. Open and Wimbledon finalist who was ranked as high as eighth in the world in 1999, has battled injury and a form slump and slipped down the rankings to 172.

"It is a rare event to have a top Australian player in New Zealand and a coup for the tournament," Pearce added.

"We're obviously pleased to have Mark play in Auckland for the first time. As we did with James Blake in this year's tournament we trust we can launch Mark into a great comeback."

The Australian Open, the year's first grand slam tournament, begins in Melbourne on January 16.

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Just another article...

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/section/st...ectID=10353295
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Scud choosing Auckland over Sydney, his home event? Odd...

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Dominik Hrbaty will be returning here. Not a shock tho, as he absolutely loves the tournament.

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Scud choosing Auckland over Sydney, his home event? Odd...
He'll get a WC in Auckland.

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Dominik Hrbaty will be returning here. Not a shock tho, as he absolutely loves the tournament.
Yeah, definitely wasn't a surprise to learn that... he's practically considered a 'local' during the Heineken.

And Mark probably thinks he's got a better shot in Auckland... will be very interesting to have a top Aussie player in Auckland, lol.

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It looks like Heineken Open tennis officials have secured another major draw card for January's tournament. Rising Scottish star Andy Murray has told British tennis media he will play in Auckland ahead of the Australian Open.

The full tournament field will be confirmed at the end of the month.

Murray's confirmation is a big boost to the tournament which has already secured four top 20 ranked players.

The 18-year-old has risen to 66 in the rankings in his first year on tour and is billed as the next great British hope.

As a child, he survived the Dunblane Massacre in 1996 where 16 people were shot dead at his primary school
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Andy Murray has confirmed he will be playing here


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do u think JC Ferrero will get back to his best again
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Just read that David Ferrer's been confirmed as well, which takes the number of top 20 players up to 5 - a record for Auckland!
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Nicolas Massu commited as well.

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Really? That's great news!!!

Althoug just read that the organisers have denied Guga a wildcard He asked but they said the last wildcard is going to whoever wins the NZ wildcard playoffs. Blah!
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Really? That's great news!!!

Althoug just read that the organisers have denied Guga a wildcard He asked but they said the last wildcard is going to whoever wins the NZ wildcard playoffs. Blah!
The organisers are ungrateful! Guga won this tournament back in 2003 and used to play it as a warm-up for the Australian Open. If the other 2 WC's are also going to players from New Zealand, then this decision makes no commercial sense at all!

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