Nadal and Tsonga will join Thailand open 2009

05-01-2009, 06:03 AM
PTT Public Co. Ltd. is proud to announce its title sponsorship of the ATP Thailand Open – now the PTT Thailand Open – and to celebrate this milestone the tournament has secured the world’s #1 player Rafael Nadal to compete this year.

PTT’s decision comes after six years as one of the tournament’s major sponsors and is in line with its policy of supporting tennis and tennis development throughout Thailand. “At PTT we believe that tennis is a wonderful sport for all ages and both sexes. In Thailand many people enjoying both playing and watching the sport and we are proud to help develop Thai tennis through tournament sponsorship and junior development programmes,” said Khun Prasert Bunsumpun, President and CEO of PTT.

President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand, Mr. Suwat Lipatapanlop applauded PTT’s decision and added that getting Nadal to compete was a great boost for the event. “Rafael Nadal’s participation in the tournament is a major accomplishment,” said Khun Suwat. “The world’s most exciting player will be making his first appearance at the event and we are all excited to see him play. He is the French, Wimbledon and Australian Open champion and his participation will bring huge international exposure to the tournament, highlighting Thailand’s global image and help draw more international visitors to the country,” he added.

Nadal is also excited about his first visit to the event. "I am very pleased to finally be able to come and compete at the PTT Thailand Open,” said the world #1. “I look forward to playing some great tennis for all the Thai fans."

Nadal will be joined by Thailand Open 2008 champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as the first two superstars to confirm their participation in the event. Tsonga, currently #11 in the world rankings, will be seeking to defend his title from last year. "I am delighted to return to Thailand,” said Tsonga. “The tournament will always be special to me as it was my first ever ATP Tour title. I had a great time in Bangkok last year and am looking forward to coming back to defend my title in September."

With increased prize money of US$608,500, the PTT Thailand Open is certain to attract many more of the biggest names in men’s tennis. With the revised ATP calendar in 2009, the PTT Thailand Open is now the first stop for the players on a three-week “Asian swing” before the tour heads back to Europe culminating in the ATP World Tour Finals in November.

BEC-Tero Entertainment Public Co. Ltd. is once again proud to organise the PTT Thailand Open and is looking forward to welcoming Nadal, Tsonga and many more of men’s tennis’ biggest stars competing for the King’s Cup.

The PTT Thailand Open will be held at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani from 26 September to 4 October.

Ticket prices start at only Bt300 and will be available at all Thaiticketmajor outlets from Saturday July 11. Call 02 262 3456 or log on to or for more details.

05-01-2009, 06:04 AM
Paradorn Srichaphan also said that he will use this tournament return to ATP world tour. He hope to get wildcard from this tournament.

05-01-2009, 06:48 AM
nadal just seems to want to get injured and tired out! what a fool. he doesnt need these mickey mouse tournaments, no one remembers him for these, only for grand slams.

05-01-2009, 07:22 AM
1 million dollars for appearance fee is enough attractive him to join this tournament. Maybe he would like to revenge paradorn after he lost to paradorn in Wimbledon 6 years ago. Head to Head to Paradorn he still follow 0-1

05-01-2009, 08:34 AM
Good additions to the event

05-01-2009, 10:29 AM
If you're going to asia, at least play a little there. He will play Sanghai, thailand and Beijing, I guess he will take them as if they were exho, so it will be OK.

05-01-2009, 11:05 AM
Maybe he would like to revenge paradorn after he lost to paradorn in Wimbledon 6 years ago. Head to Head to Paradorn he still follow 0-1

he's hardly sleeping because of that

05-01-2009, 02:27 PM
So he's playing this AND Beijing after the US Open? :retard:

05-01-2009, 03:02 PM
So he's playing this AND Beijing after the US Open? :retard:

if it's after the US Open, who cares?

05-01-2009, 03:03 PM
I just hope Rafa doesn't end up as tired as last year, wanna see him at the TMC ;)