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Milan ATP event will move to Zaragoza (ESP) or Singapour ...

Alvarillo
09-15-2005, 04:45 PM
The ATP has asked the city of Zaragoza (Spain) if they would be interested to host the ATP tournament played in Milán the last years.
Singapour is trying to get the event but the ATP prefers an European city for this tournamen and they have contacted the city of Zaragoza to host it.

The city is still studying the possibility and if they accpet the tourmament would be played in "Pabellón Príncipe Felipe", a place where some DC ties or exhibitions match (Martinez vs Kournikova for example) have been played.

This is the article in Spanish.

MIGUEL GAY. Zaragoza | La Asociación de Tenistas Profesional (ATP) se ha puesto en contacto con las instituciones aragonesas para brindarles la oportunidad de organizar un trofeo de la máxima categoría del tenis. La oferta está siendo estudiada por el Ayuntamiento y el Gobierno de Aragón, que, de momento, no han tomado una decisión sobre la alternativa.

Zaragoza sería la sede del torneo ATP que en la actualidad se celebra en Milán y que a partir del año 2006 podría irse a Singapur, que ha pujado con fuerza por trasladar allí la cita.

El interés de la ATP por mantener el evento deportivo en Europa ha movido a sus dirigentes a ponerse en contacto con la capital aragonesa. No en vano, los promotores deportivos entienden que la organización de este tipo de eventos son ideales para promocionar proyectos del calibre de la Expo.

La ATP ofrece de forma gratuita el acontecimiento, aunque la ciudad -y los patrocinadores que quieran colaborar- deben hacerse cargo de los premios, los "bonus" de los jugadores y la organización en general. En total, unos 800. 000 euros -unos 140 millones de pesetas-.

Tres años sin cargo, hasta 2008, para después iniciar una negociación sobre el futuro del torneo. De esta forma, se salvaría la cita en Europa, al menos, en un primer momento.

La competición se celebraría en la primera semana de febrero, ya a partir del año 2006, y coincidiría con la segunda semana del Open de Australia. Eso ofrecería la oportunidad de competir en Zaragoza a los europeos que caigan en las primeras rondas del primer Grand Slam de la temporada.

Tanto la ciudad como la instalación, el pabellón Príncipe Felipe -en donde se han celebrado tanto citas en pista rápida como en tierra batida- resultan del agrado de los organizadores del torneo, que lo consideran un escenario ideal para acoger el torneo.

Las instituciones aún no han contestado a la oferta planteada desde la ATP, que ha pedido una respuesta antes del próximo día 23 de septiembre. En el caso de que los organismos políticos zaragozanos den su visto bueno, los responsables de la Asociación de Tenistas Profesionales se desplazarían a la capital aragonesa para cerrar el acuerdo.

Otra gran cita deportiva

Se le brinda a Zaragoza una nueva oportunidad de disfrutar de un acontecimiento deportivo de primer nivel, escaparate ideal para dar a conocer un proyecto como la Expo 2008.

¿Qué se le ofrece? Es el de Milán un torneo consolidado, prestigioso, si bien en los últimos años ha cedido en su empuje inicial. Cuenta con 355.000 dólares en premios.

El ganador de este año ha sido el sueco Robin Soderling, que se impuso en la final al checo Radek Stepanek. En dobles, el triunfo correspondió a Daniele Bracciali y Giorgio Galimberti.

El palmarés, desde luego, resulta de un singular atractivo. Sin ir más lejos, Soderling es el tercer sueco que logra el título en Milán... por detrás de Bjorn Borg (1978) y Stefan Edberg (1984).

Y la lista de ganadores está jalonada por figuras de la talla de Federer (2001), Kafelnikov (1995 y 1998), Goran Ivanisevic (1996 y 1997); y ya más atrás, Becker, Lendl, Noah, Vilas, McEnroe o los citados Edberg y Borg.

Cuenta de nuevo Zaragoza con la oportunidad de disfrutar de un gran escenario donde dar a conocer su oferta -fundamentalmente, la Expo-, una alternativa que merece la pena valorar. Serán las instituciones, de cualquier forma, las que decidan si abren o no la puerta a la ATP.

revolution
09-15-2005, 05:00 PM
Milan isn't much of a tourney, I mean even Volandri, the home favourite, chooses to go to South America so what's the point?

NyGeL
09-15-2005, 05:07 PM
La competición se celebraría en la primera semana de febrero, ya a partir del año 2006, y coincidiría con la segunda semana del Open de Australia. Eso ofrecería la oportunidad de competir en Zaragoza a los europeos que caigan en las primeras rondas del primer Grand Slam de la temporada.


i think that's wrong... there says that the tournament will be played during the Australian Open :S

Alvarillo
09-15-2005, 05:22 PM
i think that's wrong... there says that the tournament will be played during the Australian Open :S
yes it's a mistake from the journalist ... you know, i'm sure he hasn't got any idea of tennis :lol:
but although there's a mistake the article is true

kundalini
09-15-2005, 05:36 PM
Why is Milan stopping hosting the event?

Is it financial reasons or ...............?

alfonsojose
09-15-2005, 05:41 PM
i think that's wrong... there says that the tournament will be played during the Australian Open :S
i guess it's a mistake, but i've read some stuff about the Aussie being moved to February :shrug:

jtipson
09-15-2005, 05:49 PM
The first week of February next year is straight after the AO.

alfonsojose
09-15-2005, 06:09 PM
The first week of February next year is straight after the AO.
thanks :hug:

JMG
09-15-2005, 06:16 PM
Germany needs an indoor event. :(

RogiFan88
09-15-2005, 07:05 PM
Great idea -- if I could vote, I'd vote for Zaragoza! ;)

Scotso
09-15-2005, 07:07 PM
Zaragoza :D

RainerShuttle
09-15-2005, 07:45 PM
I guess that the court at Zaragoza is clay. So they're replacing an indoor event with another clay one. Oh well, it's good for the Spaniards I guess :confused:

NINA_BCN
09-15-2005, 07:50 PM
¡¡¡ZARAGOZA!!! :woohoo: :banana: :banana:

fenomeno2111
09-15-2005, 07:56 PM
I guess that the court at Zaragoza is clay. So they're replacing an indoor event with another clay one. Oh well, it's good for the Spaniards I guess :confused:
In the article it says that on the tennis center of Zaragoza (pabellón Príncipe Felipe) has hosted events in clay and also hard...so i don't think it's granted that it will be on clay.
el pabellón Príncipe Felipe -en donde se han celebrado tanto citas en pista rápida como en tierra batida-
pabellon.... - where events has been played in hard courts AND clay courts-

Hope this helps you...i would translate everything but i g2g

Alvarillo
09-15-2005, 08:26 PM
the event would be played in hard-indoors courts ;)
why everyone thinks on clay when a tournament is played in Spain?
we have an AMS on hard, and 2 big Challengers in that surface (the 2 biggest Challengers in our country!!!!)

KoOlMaNsEaN
09-15-2005, 09:06 PM
wheres zaragoza?!

silverwhite
09-15-2005, 09:12 PM
:eek:

I vote for Zaragoza too. I do hope Singapore will get a tournament eventually though, preferably in the same period as Chennai and Doha or Beijng, Bangkok and Vietnam so more players are likely to participate. :p

Alvarillo
09-15-2005, 10:37 PM
wheres zaragoza?!
North Spain

MajorcanBoy89
09-15-2005, 10:56 PM
Mucha suerte Zaragoza! Espero q acepten el reto, seria bueno para el tenis español contar con una nueva cita en la ATP. ANIMO!

Best Luck Zaragoza!

amierin
09-16-2005, 01:17 AM
RogiFan88 your avatar is the best. I crack up everytime I see it. BTW are there any pics of Kim's new bf floating around?

I have a feeling Zaragoza will get the event.

Neely
09-16-2005, 01:18 AM
the event would be played in hard-indoors courts ;)
I'm glad to hear that ;)

Grinder
09-16-2005, 01:23 AM
Spain seems like such an exotic place to live with a great party/club scene. Am I right with my assumption or is this just a wild thought. I was in Salamance for a weekend recently and it was awesome.

propi
09-16-2005, 12:37 PM
It would be great, as I live 200 mts from the place it should take place.
Note to all: the Davis Cup tie between Spain and Morocco has been the ONLY time when tennis in this city has been played on clay. It's usually played on indoor hardcourts.
There used to be a Zaragoza tournament, in 1994 I was in the final and could watch Magnus Larsson winning the title.
Then the Spanish Master, won by Mantilla that year; and all Conchita Martínez exhibitions vs Graf twice (once Conchi was replaced by ASV as she got sick), Kournikova and last year with Ruano vs Hingis and Petrova all have been hard indoors

Jimnik
09-16-2005, 05:31 PM
Milan isn't much of a tourney, I mean even Volandri, the home favourite, chooses to go to South America so what's the point?
Well I guess Milan don't deserve an ATP tournament then but it's a shame because it's such a great city.

BigboyDan
09-16-2005, 06:10 PM
It will be hard court in the same scheduled slot as Milan:

For 2006,

01/16 - 01/29 Australian Open
01/30 - 02/05 Milan
02/06 - 02/12 Davis Cup I
02/13 - 02/19 Marseille
02/20 - 02/26 Rotterdam
02/27 - 03/05 Dubai

shotgun
09-16-2005, 06:18 PM
I hope it will be in Singapore. If it's in Zaragoza, it would be bad for the South American clay season in February, because one of the main attractives of these tournaments are the spanish players like Moya and Nadal. I mean, maybe they wouldn't be inclined to travel to South America to play clay tournaments, having a tournament in their own country.

JuchuPati
09-16-2005, 07:56 PM
Spain seems like such an exotic place to live with a great party/club scene. Am I right with my assumption or is this just a wild thought. I was in Salamance for a weekend recently and it was awesome.

Salamanca :worship:
well, u were at one of the best party-spanish cities ever jejeje :p


yayy ! Zaragoza, sounds sooo cool!!! :bigclap:

RogiFan88
09-16-2005, 08:49 PM
Valencia ain't bad either for clubs... ;)

I wouldn't call Spain "exotic" altho it depends on where you're from. It's just one COOL country.

PennyThePenguin
09-17-2005, 09:24 AM
:eek:

I vote for Zaragoza too. I do hope Singapore will get a tournament eventually though, preferably in the same period as Chennai and Doha or Beijng, Bangkok and Vietnam so more players are likely to participate. :p


i think it'd be tough to ever get an event in singapore. because the support for tennis here is really quite lacking *think nothing but football on tv* and the atp would want a place which has an established tennis background i think.

of course, i'm still hopeful we'll get something someday but until then....:sad:

jeanie_sin
09-17-2005, 10:23 AM
i think it'd be tough to ever get an event in singapore. because the support for tennis here is really quite lacking *think nothing but football on tv* and the atp would want a place which has an established tennis background i think.

of course, i'm still hopeful we'll get something someday but until then....:sad:

well, we used to have the heineken open, and it did attract some top players.....

silverwhite
09-17-2005, 10:28 AM
i think it'd be tough to ever get an event in singapore. because the support for tennis here is really quite lacking *think nothing but football on tv* and the atp would want a place which has an established tennis background i think.

of course, i'm still hopeful we'll get something someday but until then....:sad:

I agree. We don't deserve to have a tournament, considering how little support the government and the media here have given tennis. However, I still hope we eventually get one, which would be a great reward to all the dedicated tennis fans here. ;)

propi
09-17-2005, 12:44 PM
Some pics of the city :)
Most important square... Plaza de las catedrales or Plaza del Pilar, where cityhall, Pilar basilique and San Salvador Cathedral are :)
http://www.terra.es/personal/pevalper/Zaragoza/pilar.jpg
Pilar basilique, barroque
http://jips.bankhacker.com/images/pilar.jpg
http://www.donquijote.org/destinations/images/top-saragossa-el-pilar.jpg
San Salvador cathedral, mudejar style, done by cristians but with moslems arquitects and influence
http://www.calatayud.org/enciclopedia/seo_cimborrio_rami.jpg
http://cmisapp.ayto-zaragoza.es/turismo/img/fotos/abside_g.jpg
Aljafería, biggest moor palace in Spain right behind Alhambra in Granada
http://www.ayto-zaragoza.es/azar/ciudad/zaragoza/galeria/img/aljaferia1.jpg
Roman theatre
http://www.guiarte.com/zaragoza/patrimonio/images/zaragozateatro.jpg
Magdalena church, mudéjar. The tower is simply impressive
http://www.arteguias.com/imagenes/magdalenazaragoza.jpg
Central Market, modernist
http://www.zaragoza-ciudad.com/turismo/imagenes/mercado.jpg
Delicias railway station
http://www.railwaymania.com/docs/imgdb/renfe_station_012.jpg
Auditorium
http://www.ayto-zaragoza.es/azar/ciudad/zaragoza/galeria/img/auditorio.jpg

THat's all by now :p
Hope you all like it especially ATP ;)

*Ljubica*
09-17-2005, 01:16 PM
Thanks for the pics propi. Zaragoza is indeed a beautiful city - I would definately support a tournament there.

amierin
09-17-2005, 01:17 PM
Wow thanks for the pics. That was a nice virtual tour of the city.

PennyThePenguin
09-17-2005, 02:39 PM
I agree. We don't deserve to have a tournament, considering how little support the government and the media here have given tennis. However, I still hope we eventually get one, which would be a great reward to all the dedicated tennis fans here. ;)
well, if you remember? donkey years ago, we had one tournament. for like. two years. and the seniors tour came here once as well. :p

lets keep hoping :D

Alvarillo
09-17-2005, 04:28 PM
Zaragoza :hearts:
anda que no me lo he pasao bien x alli, cada vez que haciamos viajes con el cole hacia el norte parabamos todo el mediodia en ZgZ .. q recuerdos :)