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1 Davydenko, Nikolay RUS 5
2 Blake, James USA 6
3 Nieminen, Jarkko FIN 13
4 Ferrer, David ESP 18
OUT Johansson, Joachim 21 (PR)
6 Verdasco, Fernando ESP 24
7 Rochus, Olivier BEL 25
8 Bjorkman, Jonas SWE 29
OUT Tursunov, Dmitry RUS 31
10 Acasuso, Jose ARG 32
11 Mathieu, Paul-Henri FRA 33
12 Massu, Nicolas CHI 37
13 Soderling, Robin SWE 39
14 Srichaphan, Paradorn THA 40
15 Serra, Florent FRA 41
16 Malisse, Xavier BEL 43
17 Santoro, Fabrice FRA 44
18 Chela, Juan Ignacio ARG 45
19 Simon, Gilles FRA 46
20 Almagro, Nicolas ESP 47
21 Martin, Alberto ESP 48
22 Bracciali, Daniele ITA 50
23 Benneteau, Julien FRA 51
24 Mirnyi, Max BLR 52
25 Horna, Luis PER 53
26 Calleri, Agustin ARG 54
27 Clement, Arnaud FRA 55
28 Volandri, Filippo ITA 56
29 Rusedski, Greg GBR 57
30 Karlovic, Ivo CRO 58
31 Phau, Bjorn GER 59
OUT Gasquet, Richard FRA 60
33 Ramirez Hidalgo, Ruben ESP 62
34 Seppi, Andreas ITA 63
35 Sanguinetti, Davide ITA 64
36 Rochus, Christophe BEL 65
37 Mahut, Nicolas FRA 67
38 Lopez, Feliciano ESP 68
39 (SE)
40 (SE)
41 (WC) Baghdatis, Marcos CYP
42 (WC) Querrey, Sam USA
43 (WC) Monfils, Gael FRA
44 (WC) Gimelstob, Justin USA
45 (Q)
46 (Q)
47 (Q)
48 (Q)

IN Wawrinka, Stanislas SUI 69
IN Fish, Mardy USA 70
IN Pashanski, Boris SCG 71

OUT Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 72
IN Vik, Robin CZE 73
OUT Goldstein, Paul USA 74
IN Muller, Gilles LUX 75
1. Schuettler, Rainer GER 76
OUT Starace, Potito ITA 77
2. Dlouhy, Lukas CZE 78
OUT Pavel, Andrei ROM 79
OUT Greul, Simon GER 80
OUT Daniel, Marcos BRA 81

3. Moodie, Wesley RSA 82
4. Monaco, Juan ARG 83
5. Gicquel, Marc FRA 84
6. Sluiter, Raemon NED 85
7. Kim, Kevin USA 86
8. Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 87
9. Wang, Yeu-Tzuoo TPE 88

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I cannot stand Djokovic

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Gusman- have a great time being a ball boy!!!

I'll be there for Nico's matches!!!

I was soooo happy to see his name on the list!!!

And Fer V and Feli!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

But no Fer G.
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No Andy Murray for this tourny! He must be exspecting to do well at Toronto and Cinci then.

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Wild Times Ahead To Fill Men's Draw
Courant Staff Writer
July 13 2006

With his Fairfield ties, a career-high No.6 ranking and the tournament title to defend, James Blake is a natural headliner to the Pilot Pen men's field announced Wednesday.

But tournament director Anne Worcester's work has just begun. She hopes to use four wild card entries to add more star power to the tournament Aug. 18-26 at the Connecticut Tennis Center at Yale. She'll reach out to the likes of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Andy Roddick and the retiring Andre Agassi.

It's too early to tell who might be receptive. For now, Worcester is satisfied with the 38 entries.

"It's a good start," Worcester said. "I like the fact that it's a nice combination of solid veterans and rising stars. And there are a number of players already having good summers because they played well at Wimbledon. But the most important thing I'll do this summer is fill the wild cards with marquee names. You just don't know yet."

The women's field will be announced today.

The men's field includes seven top-30 players, led by No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko. No. 13 Jarkko Nieminen, No. 18 David Ferrer, No. 24 Fernando Verdasco, No. 25 Olivier Rochus and No. 29 Jonas Bjorkman also will play.

Joachim Johansson, making a comeback from a right shoulder injury, entered through an injury ranking of 21. He preferred a wild card.

Those are precious. Worcester will hope many of the world's best might choose to play at the Pilot Pen in preparation for the U.S. Open to be held the following week in New York. Worcester will continue to put out calls to players and agents, but decisions traditionally come late.

"It's a lot of understanding how the top players prepare for Grand Slams, and then they have an injury and it changes their strategy, or they lose early and it changes their strategy," Worcester said. "It's not enough to think you know a player. You have to very carefully follow their progress because things change. ... Andre Agassi's situation has changed. Last year, there was no chance he would play. This year, if he loses early in a few tournaments leading up to the Pilot Pen, he might need a few matches before the U.S. Open. Stranger things have happened."

Life changed last year for Blake, who took a wild card and defeated six higher-ranked players to win the title. He then lost a classic, five-set quarterfinal match to Agassi at the Open. He has won this year in Sydney and Las Vegas and made the finals at Indian Wells and Queen's Club in London.

"This is where it all started for him," Worcester said. "It's a big difference from last year. The story here is James Blake."

And possibly a few others.

"I know, for example, it's highly likely we'll get another at least a top-20 player, but I can't even be any more specific than that in my own head," Worcester said. "It's way too early. On the women's side, I can be a little more specific. Maybe it's because I know the women's game better and I speak to the top players much more frequently. Maria Sharapova, Venus Williams, Martina Hingis, I know for sure that whether they play Pilot Pen will depend on how they fare at the Canadian Open the week before."

Contact Mike Anthony at manthony@courant.com.

Copyright 2006, Hartford Courant
French Connection: Eight commit to Pilot Pen
Jim Fuller , Register Staff

Parlez-vous FranÁais? The answer from Pilot Pen Tennis tournament headquarters is a resounding yes, or oui if you wish.

In the second year of having a combined menís and womenís tennis event, Pilot Pen tournament director Anne Worcester was unsure what to expect when she received the list of menís direct entries into the New Haven-based tournament.

She most certainly wasnít expecting eight commitments from the 12 French players ranked in the top 100.

"I was surprised to see there were eight French players in the top 65 (of the ATP rankings)," Worcester said. "I didnít even know there were that many top (French) players."

While veterans Arnaud Clement and Fabrice Santoro have peaked at No. 10 and 17, respectively, in the rankings, the Frenchman whose pledge to play in the Aug. 18-26 event tickled Worcester the most was flamboyant 20-year-old Richard Gasquet.

The 2005 season was a breakout one for Gasquet. Ranked 109th in the 2004 year-end rankings, Gasquet finished 2005 ranked 16th.

"He is one of the rising stars on the ATP tour," Worcester said. "He won Nottingham (in 2005 and 2006) and was one of four players to beat (world No. 1 Roger) Federer (in 2005)."

While Gasquet is touted as a future top 10 players, the 2006 Pilot Pen will feature two current top 10 menís players.

Sixth-ranked and defending champion James Blake was the first player to commit four months ago. He was joined in the field this week by No. 5 Nikolay Davydenko. Add in commitments by No. 13 Jarkko Nieminen, No. 18 David Ferrer, No. 24 Fernando Verdasco, No. 25 Olivier Rochus and Joachim Johansson, a former top 10 player who hasnít played since February because of a shoulder injury, and the Pilot Pen has the makings of a solid field.

"We have three storylines here," Worcester said. "We have a number of rising stars, players having hot summers in the field, and people who are household names."

The field includes nine players who have broken into the top 10 of the ATP rankings, led by Jonas Bjorkman and Greg Rusedski, both of whom peaked at No. 4 in the rankings in 1997. Ex-top 10ers Clement, David Ferrer, Johansson, Nicolas Massu and Paradorn Srichaphan add depth to the field.

The tournament also welcomed back 2005 finalist Feliciano Lopez, who extended Blake to three sets in the 2005 Pilot Pen final. Ferrer, a 2005 Pilot Pen semifinalist, and Verdasco and Juan Ignacio Chela, both of whom reached the quarterfinals in New Haven, will also be returning.

While the eight Frenchmen, six Spaniards and four players from Italy give the field an international flavor, Blake is the only American among the 38 players who gained direct acceptance into the main draw. However, with four available wild cards, expect to see some more Americans in the field by mid-August.

Mardy Fish, a neighbor of Blake in Tampa, Fla., trails only Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland on the next-in list, meaning that Fish would earn a spot in the main draw if at least two players withdraw. If that didnít happen, Fish would seem a likely choice for a wild card. Veteran American Vince Spadea would be another player who would be a strong candidate for a wild card.

The two biggest omissions from the list appear to be Spainís Tommy Robredo and Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, both of whom had strong showings in the 2005 Pilot Pen.

"At Miami, Robredo said no, he wasnít playing (in New Haven), but then at Wimbledon he decided to change his schedule, and I left Wimbledon thinking we had him," Worcester said. "I was surprised Gonzalez didnít enter. I donít know what happened."

Worcester will keep tabs on top Americans like Andy Roddick, Andre Agassi and Robby Ginepri for potential wild cards. She will also monitor the results from the North American summer hard-court season, and if any top 10 or 20 players start suffering early losses, she will be glad to offer the opportunity to give them matches at the Pilot Pen.

Jim Fuller can be reached at jfuller@nhregister.com.

©New Haven Register 2006

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NH is a nice little tournament. (Although Yale has to put some money into it - some of the outer courts have those old-fashioned hard green benches like at high schools. Very uncomfortable. And its hard to see the practice courts. From what I heard that if the men's side stays there, they will put money into improving the site).

Problem is that the week before the US Open, the big names want to just focus on the US Open and just practice there.

I would love it though if she could talk Rafa, Andy, or Andre into it. I think Rafa and Andre are long shots, but if Andy is playing as poorly as he is now, maybe he'll go just for the match play.

BTW - I like this tournament director - seems like she knows what she's doing. Like last year, there's a large Hispanic population in NH so she targeted the Spanish and South American players, and then had a Latino Day. From what I read it was very nice. And it got press in the CT newspapers.
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Lol it was insane last year when blake showed up, since the "J-block" came from this tournament, the group grew bigger in numbers in every night.

We eventually had drunk kids from Yale shouting at the top of their lungs for blake, it was pretty entertaining to be honest.

I can understand why Tommy Haas isnt coming back this year, because those drunk guys were yelling..some..pretty extreme unprintables if you where im going at, it wasnt a good thing to be hearing because it was extrememly disrespectful, but Booze will make even the nicest of people mean and nasty, its a shame really. Tommy is a such a good player too..

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This tournament director sounds a little suspect. First off, she's smoking some pretty strong stuff if she thinks there's a chance in hell that Roger, Rafa or Andre are showing up. Second, she's clueless that there are a bunch of Frenchmen with good rankings. Whatever...
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Good luck Jose Acasuso, Juan Ignacio Chela, Agustin Calleri and Juan Monaco !!!
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