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Memphis Entry List/Fact Sheet (updated February 25, 2008)

smucav
01-16-2008, 12:54 AM
Tournament Name: REGIONS MORGAN KEEGAN CHAMPIONSHIPS & THE CELLULAR SOUTH CUP
Location: MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE, USA
Dates: FEBRUARY 25–MARCH 2, 2008
Prize Money: US $769,000 (US $769,000)
32 DRAW (16 DRAW QUALIFYING)

SITE: THE RACQUET CLUB OF MEMPHIS
5111 SANDERLIN AVENUE
MEMPHIS, TN 38117-4398
SURFACE: HARD-PLEXIPAVE
BALL: WILSON REGULAR DUTY
PRIZE MONEY: US DOLLARS
WEB SITE: http://www.rmkchampionships.com/1/home/

Qualifying draw: Friday, February 22, 2008, 9:00 p.m.
Main draw: Friday, February 22, 2008, TBA
Doubles draw: Saturday, February 23, 2008, 6:00 p.m.

ATP Ranking Points/ATP Race Points
W: 250/50
F: 175/35
SF: 110/22
QF: 60/12
R16: 25/5
R32: 0/0
Q: +10/+2
Q8: 5/0
Q16: 0/0

Entry deadline: January 14, 2008
Seeding: February 18, 2008

OUT Gonzalez, Fernando CHI 7
2 Haas, Tommy GER 11
OUT Blake, James USA 15
4 Stepanek, Radek CZE 30
OUT Malisse, Xavier BEL @31
6 Fish, Mardy USA 43
OUT Grosjean, Sebastien FRA 46
OUT Lee, Hyung-Taik KOR 47
OUT Del Potro, Juan Martin ARG 53
10 Johansson, Thomas SWE 51
11 Soderling, Robin SWE 55
12 Querrey, Sam USA 62
13 Sela, Dudi ISR 66
14 Bjorkman, Jonas SWE 67
15 Melzer, Jurgen AUT 71
OUT Dancevic, Frank CAN 74
17 Hanescu, Victor ROU 79
18 Spadea, Vincent USA 80
19 Becker, Benjamin GER 81
20 Darcis, Steve BEL 83
21 Falla, Alejandro COL 84
22 Serra, Florent FRA 88
23 Guccione, Chris AUS 91
24 Young, Donald USA 98
25 (SE)
26 (Q) Reynolds, Bobby USA
27 (Q) Levine, Jesse USA
28 (Q) Niemeyer, Frederic CAN
29 (Q) Muller, Gilles LUX
30 (WC) Isner, John USA
31 (WC) Safin, Marat RUS
32 (WC) Roddick, Andy USA
(LL) Warburg, Sam USA (replaces Blake)

Alternates
IN Capdeville, Paul CHI 100
IN Russell, Michael USA 101
IN Vliegen, Kristof BEL 105
IN Daniel, Marcos BRA 106
IN Hartfield, Diego ARG 107
IN Kendrick, Robert USA 108
IN Lu, Yen-Hsun TPE 112
1. Reynolds, Bobby USA 113
2. Muller, Gilles LUX 116
OUT Cipolla, Flavio ITA 117
OUT De Voest, Rik RSA 118
OUT Gremelmayr, Denis GER 119
OUT Schukin, Yuri RUS 121
3. Montcourt, Mathieu FRA 122
OUT Navarro, Ivan ESP 123

Chris-swede
01-16-2008, 03:55 PM
Nice field!

fhiriburu
01-16-2008, 06:28 PM
WTF is Hartfield doing here??

Labamba
01-16-2008, 07:23 PM
quite a weak field for a IS Gold event :rolleyes: Rotterdam has the same ranking points

Even Roddick didn't bother to sign-up this year:

Roddick likely to miss Memphis tournament

Ends 7-year streak; may still get wild-card entry

Fernando Gonzalez of Chile, two-time defending champion Tommy Haas, 2002 finalist James Blake and rising Americans Donald Young and John Isner will highlight the 32-player field in next month's Regions Morgan Keegan Championships, but a familiar attraction will be missing.

Andy Roddick, the world's sixth-ranked player, will end a seven-year run of appearances in Memphis's annual stop on the men's pro tennis circuit. Roddick did not enter the event, which will be played Feb. 24-March 2 at The Racquet Club. Although Monday was the official deadline for entering, tournament officials will hold a wild-card spot for Roddick.

Tournament director Phil Chamberlain said Isner, whose ranking of 109 was not high enough to earn direct entry into the field, was given one of the three wild cards. He has not issued the other two.

"But we'll hold the last one for Roddick," he said.

Roddick won the 2002 RMKC and was a finalist to Haas in last year's tournament. He is scheduled to play in San Jose the week before Memphis and in Dubai the week after.

The field for the Cellular South Cup, the women's tourney played in conjunction with the RMKC, will be announced next week. The CSC has received commitments from defending champ Venus Williams and former world No. 1 Lindsay Davenport.

Chamberlain said that while Roddick may be absent, tennis fans will have a chance to "potentially see another Roddick."

Young, 18, is coming off a breakthrough season, earning a top-100 ranking by posting strong results at the sport's minor-league level. Ranked 98th, he won a Challenger tournament and reached the finals of four others. He also advanced to the third round of the U.S. Open.

Isner, 22, turned pro last summer after a standout four-year career at the University of Georgia, where he led the Bulldogs to the 2007 NCAA title. After turning pro, he reached the finals of an ATP Tour event in Washington, defeating Haas and Tim Henman before losing to Roddick in the championship.

Isner, a towering 6-9, also reached the third round of the U.S. Open

"They are the top two up-and-coming Americans," Chamberlain said. "It's good to have them. They have serious potential to be top players (in the world)."

Other Americans in the field include veteran Mardy Fish, a Memphis semifinalist last year, 20-year-old Sam Querrey and Vincent Spadea, who is in his 15th year on tour. The field includes 24 direct entries, four entries from qualifying play the weekend before the tournament, three wild cards and a special exemption.

Chamberlain also said he was excited about the addition of veteran Frenchman Sebastien Grosjean, a former top-10 player. The 29-year-old is a two-time Wimbledon semifinalist who reached the quarterfinals of last year's Australian Open.

"He's a colorful player, he's a character, he's flamboyant," Chamberlain said

Like Grosjean, Gonzalez, 27, will be making his first appearance in Memphis. He reached the finals of last year's Australian Open and won the eighth title of his career.

Also joining the field -- and previously unannounced -- were Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic and 2006 runner-up Robin Soderling of Sweden. A quarterfinalist at Wimbledon in 2006, Stepanek won his second career ATP title last summer in Los Angeles. Soderling missed the final three months of 2007 with a wrist injury.

The men's field will be missing another Top 10 player. Great Britain's Andy Murray, like Roddick, will be playing in the ATP event in Dubai the week after Memphis and will skip the event here, which he has played the past two years.

"We've still got Tommy (Haas), Blake and Gonzalez, who is seven in the world," said tournament owner Mac Winker. "And the women's field has Venus and Lindsay. I remember one year when we lost (Stefan) Edberg and (Michael) Chang early (in the men's draw) and a young American no one had heard of, Andre Agassi, won."

http://www.commercialappeal.com/news/2008/jan/16/roddick-likely-to-miss-memphis-tournament/

FilipeMB
01-16-2008, 07:27 PM
Vamos Daniel into main draw

ChinoRios4Ever
01-17-2008, 05:32 PM
go gonzo go :bounce:

1 more OUT and Paul is IN :D

jrozen
01-22-2008, 01:42 AM
vamos falla!!

Agassi Aces
01-24-2008, 07:53 PM
No Andy Murray this year!!!

baghdatis
01-29-2008, 11:42 PM
News On Last 2 Wc's ??? :confused:

ArgieFan
02-04-2008, 03:06 PM
go gonzo go :bounce:

1 more OUT and Paul is IN :D

Paul will be IN because of the SE, it's hard that a player uses it.

davis
02-05-2008, 10:11 AM
News On Last 2 Wc's ??? :confused:


One goes to Marat.

ChinoRios4Ever
02-11-2008, 05:29 PM
go gonzo go :bounce:

1 more OUT and Paul is IN :D

yes, he's IN, cause Gonzo is OUT (abdominal injury) :sad:

MightyJurgenfan
02-13-2008, 03:40 PM
I just read this on Tennisweek.com

The two-time Grand Slam champion,(referring to Safin) who was forced out of Russia's Davis Cup win over Serbia last weekend due to the injury and a bout with the stomach flu, is scheduled to return to tournament tennis at the Regions Morgan Keegan Championships in Memphis starting on February 25.

The 58th-ranked Safin, who is scheduled to make his Memphis debut, has not played a match since losing to Marcos Baghdatis, 4-6, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3, 2-6 in the second round of last month's Australian Open.

It also mentioned that Hass will be playing.

ExcaliburII
02-16-2008, 11:50 AM
This field is even weaker than BsAS`s one. Pathetic for a 250 point event :rolleyes:

jonny84
02-17-2008, 02:55 PM
Still its a good field considering there are two other ATP tournaments playing at the same time.

Thinking Blake for the title...............he could continue to do really well over the next two weeks (San Jose and here)

ArgieFan
02-19-2008, 12:53 PM
Del Potro is out, he can't return until Miami.:sad:

kiwi10is
02-19-2008, 06:28 PM
Del Potro is out, he can't return until Miami.:sad:

what's wrong with him?:confused:

skywater
02-20-2008, 10:06 AM
what's wrong with him?:confused:

back injury

EagleWatch
02-20-2008, 08:40 PM
good luck dudi...

smucav
02-21-2008, 05:01 PM
Roddick Accepts Wild Card into Regions Morgan Keegan Championship:
http://www.rmkchampionships.com/1/news/2008/roddick_wildcard.asp

andfor
02-21-2008, 05:13 PM
Still its a good field considering there are two other ATP tournaments playing at the same time.

Thinking Blake for the title...............he could continue to do really well over the next two weeks (San Jose and here)

True. The tour IMO has done itself a disservice by fracturing itself with 3 tournaments in 3 different parts of the world at the same time. On one hand it allow more folks worldwide to see ATP level tennis, a good thing. On the other hand it waters down each tournaments draw, not such a good thing. There are other factors such as appearance money, traditionally Dubai and Rotterdam pay more than Delray Beach and Memphis. Strength of players in relation to where they live geographically is a major factor as well. The Euro's given the choice would rather stay near home, and the Spaniards would rather be on clay in South America, etc. Can't blame them for that. So to say that one field is weak may be true, but then again in one sense they all are, some just more than other. Indicting a particular tournaments field as weak in a vacuum is a little unfair versus considering all the factors.

Think about it this way. Is Federer or Karlovic ever going to play Vina Del Mar? No. Will Juan Monoco or Carlos Berlocq ever play Memphis or San Jose probably not. Unless ranking reasons dicate a player to play at their 2nd or 3rd choice give 3 to pick from, some tournaments will never see certain players ever. At this point the ATP does not think it has a problem and for them they may not.

andfor
02-21-2008, 05:19 PM
Roddick Accepts Wild Card into Regions Morgan Keegan Championship:
http://www.rmkchampionships.com/1/news/2008/roddick_wildcard.asp

I have to give Roddick credit in this case for being a good guy. The RMK tournament has always been good to him and they gave him a WC before he won the U.S. Open, was top 10, etc. It shows his loyalty. With Gonzo pulling out the tournament was in a pinch. I knew coach Chamberlain would work his magic.

Kei Nishikori is also getting a WC and will be here.

Jader Magri
02-21-2008, 06:35 PM
Vamos Marcos Daniel!!!

Impossible
02-21-2008, 09:50 PM
3 Swede's here

smucav
02-21-2008, 10:29 PM
(One SE to be be cleared)
OUT: Gonzalez, Lee, del Potro, Dancevic (& Schukin, Navarro from ALT)
IN: Capdeville, Russell, Vliegen, Daniel
Next: Hartfield, Kendrick, Lu

voci nella notte
02-21-2008, 10:45 PM
grossjean is out?

Chris-swede
02-22-2008, 04:23 PM
swedes have better chances now, top players are leaving

smucav
02-22-2008, 05:09 PM
(SE Spot cleared)
OUT: Dancevic, Del Potro, F.Gonzalez, Grosjean, Lee, Malisse (and Cipolla, De Voest, Gremelmayr, Schukin, Navarro, Gabashvili, Qureshi from ALT)
IN: Capdeville, Russell, Vliegen, Daniel, Hartfield, Kendrick, Lu
NEXT: Reynolds, Muller, Montcourt, Odesnik, Kunitsyn, Granollers, Karanusic

kai.
02-23-2008, 01:12 AM
vamos hartfield IN!

krullie
02-23-2008, 02:19 PM
Anybody knows why Malisse is out ?

Deboogle!.
02-24-2008, 02:00 AM
Isn't it weird that Isner was ranked 109 when the EL was made but wasn't on the ALT list and got a WC? He would've gotten in directly and the WC could've gone to someone else. Weird. Even if he was promised the WC before the list came out he should've gone on the ALT list in case :scratch:

TankingTheSet
02-24-2008, 02:13 AM
Isn't it weird that Isner was ranked 109 when the EL was made but wasn't on the ALT list and got a WC? He would've gotten in directly and the WC could've gone to someone else. Weird. Even if he was promised the WC before the list came out he should've gone on the ALT list in case :scratch:

Yeah, pretty stupid, I'm sure Nishikori could have got a wildcard. As it is I don't see him coming through qualifying or even if he does he will have nothing left in the tank.

Deboogle!.
02-24-2008, 07:28 PM
Yeah, pretty stupid, I'm sure Nishikori could have got a wildcard. As it is I don't see him coming through qualifying or even if he does he will have nothing left in the tank.I think Ginepri or Levine would've been more likely but who knows... it was unfortunate for Ginepri to make the semis in San Jose and not be able to get a SE in b/c of the IS/ISG distinction. It was just weird to see Isner get into San Jose off the ALT list but not be on the list here. Oh well.

Fee
02-25-2008, 11:40 PM
Blake is out, Warburg is the LL.

http://sports.yahoo.com/ten/news?slug=ap-memphis-blake&prov=ap&type=lgns