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Federer, nadal, safin, agassi and moya out of TMS Paris

AlexNYR
10-26-2005, 05:35 PM
from the official site:

Paris-Bercy in brief

New withdrawals, new main draw entrances and Amélie Mauresmo to carry out the draw: get the latest news from Paris-Bercy.

The 20th BNP Paribas Masters tournament, which begins on Saturday 29th October on the courts of the Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy, has suffered five new withdrawals. They are the Swiss Roger Federer (torn right ankle ligament), Spain’s Rafael Nadal (tendonitis of the knee), the Russian Marat Safin (tendonitis of the knee), the American Andre Agassi (personal reasons), and the Spaniard Carlos Moya (injured right shoulder).

These withdrawals mean that Filippo Volandri (ITA), Gael Monfils (FRA), Davide Sanguinetti (ITA), Nicolas Massu (CHI) and Andrei Pavel (ROM) will now be included in the main draw for the BNP Paribas Masters 2005.

The Australian Lleyton Hewitt, meanwhile, has still not confirmed his participation to the organisers.

From the French perspective, Gael Monfils now joins Sebastien Grosjean in the main draw for the Parisian autumn tournament. Their numbers should soon be swelled by other French players benefiting from wildcards (due to be announced very shortly), while in the event of any further withdrawals, the next in line for entry to the tournament proper is Paul-Henri Mathieu.

Amelie Mauresmo to perform draw

French number one Amelie Mauresmo, currently taking it easy after a particularly packed season, is to carry out the draw for the BNP Paribas Masters 2005.

She will do so in the presence of the Chairman of the French Tennis Federation, Christian Bîmes, and Baudouin Prot, the BNP Paribas Chairman, on Friday 28th October at 18:00.

adee-gee
10-26-2005, 05:37 PM
Rafa :sad: you could've won this even with tendinitis :p

Frederick16
10-26-2005, 05:38 PM
yeah!! Sanguinetti!! not many swedes though :(

Frederick16
10-26-2005, 05:39 PM
and what sould be the personal reasons of andre?

MariaV
10-26-2005, 05:40 PM
Carlos' shoulder is becoming really annoying. :mad: :sad:

veyonce
10-26-2005, 05:40 PM
It's really a pity that this tournament had quite a number of withdrawals...

Federer and Nadal among high-profile absentees from Paris
Wed 26 Oct, 6:27 PM

PARIS (Reuters) - World number one Roger Federer and French Open champion Rafael Nadal are among five players who have pulled out next week's Paris Masters, organisers said on Wednesday.

Switzerland's Federer, winner of four 11 titles in 2005 including four Masters Series events, is sidelined with a torn ligament in his right ankle.

Spaniard Nadal, who captured his 11th trophy of the year on Sunday at the Madrid Masters, is nursing a knee injury.

Other high profile absentees include defending champion Marat Safin, with a strained tendon in his knee, Andre Agassi and former French Open winner Carlos Moya.

The sixth-ranked Agassi has opted to miss the event for personal reasons.

Organisers said Lleyton Hewitt's participation also remains in doubt and if the Australian misses the event, Andy Roddick will be the only top six player in the field.

Italians Filippo Volandri and Davide Sanguinetti, Frenchman Gael Monfils, Chili's Nicolas Massu and Andrei Pavel of Romania will replace the absent players in the draw.

Geniey2g
10-26-2005, 05:41 PM
and what sould be the personal reasons of andre?
Yeah, that's what I was wondering.
Rafa :sad: but at least he's giving his knees time to heal fully.

Jimnik
10-26-2005, 05:42 PM
NO ROGER, NO RAFA.

FINALLY somewbody else will win an AMS.

vincayou
10-26-2005, 05:43 PM
:sad: I'm going there.

Nimi
10-26-2005, 05:44 PM
So we will indeed have a 3rd TMS winner this season.

That's too bad. A record like this one could have lasted forever.

purple_star
10-26-2005, 05:45 PM
at least somebody other than fed and rafa could have a masters series shield this year. :rolleyes:
but seriously, it is really unfortunate for the tournament that such big names would be absent.. :awww:

LaTenista
10-26-2005, 05:45 PM
Word is Carlos is off on holiday. :shrug:

It's a bit disappointing that now someone besides Rafa and Roger will win Paris. :sad:

Agassi doesn't want to play too much, he has to save what energy he has left for Shanghai.

I really hope they will all be back for the TMC, otherwise it will really blow. :armed:

RonE
10-26-2005, 05:45 PM
This sucks :(

The ends of the last few years have been so lame since all the top players have worn themselves out byt the time the indoor season starts.

purple_star
10-26-2005, 05:46 PM
at least somebody else other than roger and rafa could have a masters series shield this year. :rolleyes:
but seriously, it is really unfortunate for the tournament that such big names would be absent.. :awww:

nobama
10-26-2005, 05:46 PM
Look what it takes for someone not named Rogelio or Rafa to win a TMS event this year. :lol:

I'm glad Rafa pulled out...very smart decision. :yeah:

Hopefully Rogelio, Marat, Lleyton and Andre will be in Shanghai.

LaTenista
10-26-2005, 05:46 PM
So Roddick will be the No 1 seed? Another opportunity for him to make up for blowing the chance he had in Madrid.

MariaV
10-26-2005, 05:47 PM
This sucks :(

The ends of the last few years have been so lame since all the top players have worn themselves out byt the time the indoor season starts.
Sucks indeed. :(

Jimnik
10-26-2005, 05:55 PM
And, in fact, the winners of last year's TMS events were:

Safin(out) - Paris
Safin(out) - Madrid
Agassi(out) - Cincy
Fed(out) - Toronto
Fed(out) - Hamburg
Moya(out) - Rome
Coria(in) - Monte-Carlo
Roddick(in) - Miami
Fed(out) - IW
So all of the winners of the last 15 Masters Series shields are out. Of the players in the draw, Coria and Roddick are the most recent winners but they haven't won for nearly 2 years.

Finally, we'll have somebody different win the shield.

mangoes
10-26-2005, 06:00 PM
Wow, this does suck for the event, but health must be the priority. Hopefully Andy can make the best of this opportunity.

peteslamz
10-26-2005, 06:02 PM
This will be interesting to see who will be the player that will be able to grab the opportunity to win the last masters shield of the year because of Federer and Nadal's withrawals. :devil:

Jimnik
10-26-2005, 06:06 PM
I guess I'm the only one here who can see the good side of this. Federer, Nadal :yawn: I've seen too much of those guys this year. Agassi :zzz: I've seen too much of him over the last 15 years. Marat :sad: is the only one I will miss.

shotgun
10-26-2005, 06:11 PM
:eek: Who will win the Paris AMS? :eek:

Jimnik
10-26-2005, 06:12 PM
Nalbandian

shotgun
10-26-2005, 06:18 PM
Nalbandian

Dream on.















:haha: j/k

PaulieM
10-26-2005, 06:19 PM
if roddick doesn't manage to take advantage of this then that's just crazy.

El Legenda
10-26-2005, 06:20 PM
Ljubicic vs Roddick final, but they will probly be on same side of draw. so SF

Jimnik
10-26-2005, 06:21 PM
Ljubicic or Roddick will beat Nalbandian in the final.

Clara Bow
10-26-2005, 06:23 PM
Hopefully Rogelio, Marat, Lleyton and Andre will be in Shanghai.

You are not including Rafa on your- hope-them- to- play Shanghai list? ;) Or do you think that he will get there- no hope needed?

This tourney is a great opportunity for Andy or Ivan.

amierin
10-26-2005, 06:26 PM
Word is Carlos is off on holiday. :shrug:

It's a bit disappointing that now someone besides Rafa and Roger will win Paris. :sad:

Agassi doesn't want to play too much, he has to save what energy he has left for Shanghai.

I really hope they will all be back for the TMC, otherwise it will really blow. :armed:

Federer I expected. Rafa I expected. I wish Rafa could've come into Shanghai with this title but I think he should let his body heal. Moya's shoulder? OOOkkkaayyy.

But could someone please explain to me what injury Agassi has? PERSONAL REASONS? WTF?

Looks like the big boys are giving someone else a chance to shine.

tangerine_dream
10-26-2005, 06:28 PM
Is there any chance Henman could reclaim the title he won in 2003?

LaTenista
10-26-2005, 06:31 PM
Is there any chance Henman could reclaim the title he won in 2003?

I'd like to see that too. But it will only happen if he's in form and without injury.

jenanun
10-26-2005, 06:34 PM
i have to say i am relieved that rafa decided to withdraw....

who will be the lucky guy then?
if hewitt is playing, he can win coz he is consistent, unlikely to loose in the 1st round like someone.....

shotgun
10-26-2005, 06:34 PM
Hmm.. Agassi saving energy to Shanghai.. anyone else here is thinking about a farewell?

Galaxystorm
10-26-2005, 06:36 PM
Nadal withdrawal's has surprised me a lot, because i can assure that on monday he wanted to play at Paris-Bercy , then something has had to happen in the last hours to change his mind, surely his knee problems after Madrid's final haven't improved as Nadal would wish , or maybe he and his team have reconsidered his schedule and preparation thinking in Shanghai.

And about Moya as i had already posted , Carlos has decided to finish his season and to do a good off-season and these days he's on holidays , then his shoulder injury is just an excuse.

maratski
10-26-2005, 06:37 PM
Huge blow for the final tournament of the year...Hope the remaining players can make it an interesting one.

amierin
10-26-2005, 06:38 PM
Hmm.. Agassi saving energy to Shanghai.. anyone else here is thinking about a farewell?

I think if Andre can get away with what he got away with this year he'll play next year.

I do think he should look at the level and type of tennis being played and take a serious look at his age and what he would have to get out of his body in order to compete.

If he does that I think he will retire with grace and dignity as befits his long and great career.

RogiFan88
10-26-2005, 06:39 PM
I believe that Moya has ended his season already. As for AA, I'd be surprised if he shows up in Shanghai -- he didn't even bother for TMC Houston last year so why w he go all the way to China? We shall see. As for Lleyton -- he probably will show up in Shanghai. Marat, who knows about his condition? Same w Rogi.

DhammaTiger
10-26-2005, 06:41 PM
Me too, I am happy that Rafa listened to his body and withdrew from Paris/Bercy. I just hope he will be fit for the masters cup.

star
10-26-2005, 06:41 PM
See? This is what comes of those hotel room visits!! I wonder what Roger had to do to convince Rafa not to exceed Roger in Masters' shields this year. :aplot:

Galaxystorm
10-26-2005, 06:46 PM
See? This is what comes of those hotel room visits!! I wonder what Roger had to do to convince Rafa not to exceed Roger in Masters' shields this year. :aplot:

Roger is an awesome strategist and a great snake charmer :aplot:

JesusFed , the New Era guru :bowdown:

BlackSilver
10-26-2005, 06:51 PM
I believe that Moya has ended his season already. As for AA, I'd be surprised if he shows up in Shanghai -- he didn't even bother for TMC Houston last year so why w he go all the way to China? We shall see. As for Lleyton -- he probably will show up in Shanghai. Marat, who knows about his condition? Same w Rogi.

He wasn't qualified last year (n° 8, but Gaudio pushed him to outside the list of classified players)

RogiFan88
10-26-2005, 06:58 PM
He wasn't qualified last year (n° 8, but Gaudio pushed him to outside the list of classified players)

Yes I know but still he wouldn't be persuaded even by the mattress guy to go to Texas. It all depends on how his back is.

mandy20
10-26-2005, 07:25 PM
I hope agassi personal reasons is not some thing bad that has happend at home in vegas because he was in germany on monday with steffi and the kids and now he is going home and not playing. Take care andre

Galaxystorm
10-26-2005, 07:32 PM
Moya goes on holidays to Brazil tomorrow ( warning : i can't assure that this new is true , it's only a rumour :secret: )

What is indeed true is that he had to go to Cancun these days, but due to the Hurricane has had to cancel it.

shotgun
10-26-2005, 07:35 PM
where in Brazil??

Jennay
10-26-2005, 07:35 PM
I hope they're all back for TMC. What a blow to the tournament. :(

I'm ready to bust laughing when Roddick doesn't win this. :o

Galaxystorm
10-26-2005, 07:38 PM
where in Brazil??


He told me that you had offered him a room at your home, right ? :aplot:

Talking seriously i have no idea about the place in Brazil , but i guess a seaside place ..

shotgun
10-26-2005, 07:42 PM
He told me that you had offered him a room at your home, right ? :aplot:

Talking seriously i have no idea about the place in Brazil , but i guess a seaside place ..

It would be a good idea. For sure he would attract a lot of hot girls to my place ;)

euroka1
10-26-2005, 07:50 PM
It will be good for Roddick to win a couple of these end-of-year tournaments. I think he has a very good chance for both Lyon and Paris.

jenanun
10-26-2005, 07:50 PM
I'm ready to bust laughing when Roddick doesn't win this. :o


me too...!!!

he will kill himself of not winning it....

with sooooo many pairs of eyes looking at him, he will be under lots of pressure... if he can win the title in lyon this week, that will increase his confident, i think he doesnt have much problem of wining the title.. (if hewitt is not playing)...

but he lost in early in lyon,,, then :wavey: no chance in paris....

rue
10-26-2005, 08:16 PM
I guess this means that someone else besides Federer or Nadal will win a Masters series title this year. Its wierd to see just what had to happen in order for someone else besides the two of them to win one of them.

Sjengster
10-26-2005, 08:47 PM
It's a bit disappointing that now someone besides Rafa and Roger will win Paris. :sad:

Disappointing? Are you kidding me? It's fantastic! A great opportunity for an overlooked player, possibly an older one, to sneak through and claim a TMS title so that everyone can whine about him only winning because it's the end of the year, top players are injured/not motivated, it's a fluke, etc. Some people did exactly the same two years ago when we got Henman v Pavel. No chance of that this time considering their mutually lousy form, but Ljubo vs Grosjean instead? I say yes! :D

Sjengster
10-26-2005, 08:48 PM
An addendum to the above: also a great opportunity for Roddick to win his first TMS title in over 18 months. Well, you have to take the rough with the smooth.

Lee
10-26-2005, 08:51 PM
I believe that Moya has ended his season already. As for AA, I'd be surprised if he shows up in Shanghai -- he didn't even bother for TMC Houston last year so why w he go all the way to China? We shall see. As for Lleyton -- he probably will show up in Shanghai. Marat, who knows about his condition? Same w Rogi.

I will be surprised that Agassi will show up in Shanghai too. His last 2 trips there were disastrous.

buddyholly
10-26-2005, 08:55 PM
I assume all those who are eligible will miraculously be healed of their wounds before the TMC.

Ferrer
10-26-2005, 08:59 PM
Win it LJubo

disturb3d
10-26-2005, 09:00 PM
but at least he's giving his knees time to heal fully.This has nothing to do with healing. Players want to stay fresh for the biggest event of the year.

As for Andy, he's an idiot.

Phunkadelicious
10-26-2005, 09:36 PM
so who's the favorite then?

tennisgirl19
10-26-2005, 10:07 PM
Whoever wins should have a star next to their name because of all the withdrawals.

french-guru
10-26-2005, 10:09 PM
but seriously, it is really unfortunate for the tournament that such big names would be absent.. :awww:

I know it isn't as exciting! but other players do have a chance to win the tournament.

El Legenda
10-26-2005, 10:09 PM
Whoever wins should have a star next to their name because of all the withdrawals.

you can say to same for Nadal*(TMS Madrid)

*Viva Chile*
10-26-2005, 10:16 PM
Recover soon Marat!!!!!!!!!!! :sad: :hug:

Sjengster
10-26-2005, 10:19 PM
Whoever wins should have a star next to their name because of all the withdrawals.

I'll say they should - a star that says "I broke up the Federer-Nadal love-in and I'm bloody well proud of it!"

NYCtennisfan
10-26-2005, 10:20 PM
I fully expect to see Federer and Nadal in Shanghai. I don't know about Marat and AGassi. Can one even call Bercy a TMS this year? Sucks for that tournament's organizers and fans. Maybe Monfils can make a run and make them happy!

NYCtennisfan
10-26-2005, 10:22 PM
I'll say they should - a star that says "I broke up the Federer-Nadal love-in and I'm bloody well proud of it!"

Well they wouldn't really break up the Fed/Nadal hogging. They would kind of be in the right place at the right time. Regardless, winning 6 matches at the ATP level is still very difficult to do for most mere mortals and is a very good accomplishment.

Sjengster
10-26-2005, 10:25 PM
They would break it up, by virtue of the fact that their name would appear right at the end of the list of TMS winners this year instead of the usual suspects. It's going to be pretty special for someone to hold a required event outside the top two and Safin, still clinging onto that AO title.

Jimnik
10-26-2005, 10:26 PM
Roger, Rafa, Andre :ras: Good riddance to them.

Whoever wins should have a star next to their name because of all the withdrawals.
If ARod, Ljubo, Nalba, Guille and JCF can stay fully fit while the others are getting injured, they deserve a Masters Series shield more than the others do. It's like in Formula One when all the top cars retired at the US Grand Prix because the tyres failed. The teams that managed to last the distance collected all the points because they stayed reliable. In tennis, if you can remain fully fit while others are getting injured, you deserve to win.

Whoever wins AMS Paris will fully deserve their title.

euroka1
10-26-2005, 10:28 PM
With #1,#2,#4,#5,#8 all out most likely, it should be a pushover for #3, Andy Roddick, even with #6 Coria and #7 Davydenko.
I think and hope he will get it. He needs some stimulus to get him off to a good start in the New Year.

Jimnik
10-26-2005, 10:31 PM
"#6 Coria and #7 Davydenko" are clay court players. I think ARod will be slightly more worried about Ljubo, Nalba and Stepanek.

Oh, and Karlovic.

euroka1
10-26-2005, 10:34 PM
If ARod, Ljubo, Nalba, Guille and JCF can stay fully fit while the others are getting injured, they deserve a Masters Series shield more than the others do. It's like in Formula One when all the top cars retired at the US Grand Prix because the tyres failed. The teams that managed to last the distance collected all the points because they stayed reliable. In tennis, if you can remain fully fit while others are getting injured, you deserve to win.

Whoever wins AMS Paris will fully deserve their title.

Fully agree there.

megadeth
10-26-2005, 11:30 PM
damn! this means someone else other than rafa or roger will win a masters this year!

i was hoping for a duo sweep in TMS. that would've been a first!

megadeth
10-26-2005, 11:32 PM
With #1,#2,#4,#5,#8 all out most likely, it should be a pushover for #3, Andy Roddick, even with #6 Coria and #7 Davydenko.
I think and hope he will get it. He needs some stimulus to get him off to a good start in the New Year.

i wouldn't count on andy having a sure win here. he's been unreliable after cincy.

i won't be surprised if ljubicic wins this one. he deserves it

amierin
10-26-2005, 11:38 PM
Andy should be able to at least make the final here. Yes he'll have to deal with Nalbandian, Stepanek and Coria who is probably salivating at his chances here. and Ljubicic's loss today means he's coming in rested. He's had a great indoor season and this could be the icing on the cake for him.

Have to wait and see the draw before anything definite can be said. Despite the withdrawals this is still a Masters event and whoever wins should hold his shield up proudly.

wowfed
10-27-2005, 12:06 AM
So Roddick will be the No 1 seed? Another opportunity for him to make up for blowing the chance he had in Madrid.

Don't worry .. Roddick will be eager to loose to Mathieu or Acasuso or Brachialli in the first round..... :)

liptea
10-27-2005, 12:06 AM
Carlos' shoulder is becoming really annoying. :mad: :sad:
:sad: I cringe whenever I see those words in the same sentence.

revolution
10-27-2005, 12:54 AM
Contenders for this.. well...

Ljubicic
Nalbandian
Henman (past winner, don't count him out despite today)
Ginepri
Roddick
Rusedski
Karlovic (why not?)
Murray (today's result proved how far he's come and his prospects, why can't he do damage here?)

And of course Hewitt if he plays, although he may be a little rusty.

bad gambler
10-27-2005, 02:02 AM
ljubicic

hewitt won't play

sigmagirl91
10-27-2005, 02:05 AM
Wow....this tournament will be a toss up.

The winner after the dust settles? I wouldn't be surprised if King Karlo pulls it off.

Action Jackson
10-27-2005, 02:06 AM
This tournament only matters to the players who have a chance of qualifying for Shanghai. It's not difficult to see why players who have already qualified for Shanghai and have some niggling injury wouldn't play, no this is not saying it's right that they don't.

NYCtennisfan
10-27-2005, 02:06 AM
jubicic
Nalbandian
Henman (past winner, don't count him out despite today)
Ginepri
Roddick
Rusedski
Karlovic (why not?)
Murray (today's result proved how far he's come and his prospects, why can't he do damage here?)


I think I would add Monfils to this group simply because of his big serve will be quite effective on this surface and because of the home crowd. I don't think he will win it but he could make some noise for sure.

Oriental_Rain
10-27-2005, 03:45 AM
:sobbing::tears::crying2: NO FEDERER

Federerhingis
10-27-2005, 06:21 AM
:sobbing::tears::crying2: NO FEDERER


Me too, but seriously this tournament sucks, too many withdrawals. Now Roddick must be thinking to himself this is my big opportunity to redeem for my lack luster season.

twahumboldt
10-27-2005, 06:41 AM
I cant wait to see Andy lose this one, maybe he will preform a ron artest to someone in the crowd lol

megadeth
10-27-2005, 07:04 AM
Me too, but seriously this tournament sucks, too many withdrawals. Now Roddick must be thinking to himself this is my big opportunity to redeem for my lack luster season.

i think roddick will have even a bigger pressure because he knows what's at stake if he doesn't win this one.

the press will never let him live it down if he still loses, especially if it happens in the early rounds...

Action Jackson
10-27-2005, 07:16 AM
Me too, but seriously this tournament sucks, too many withdrawals. Now Roddick must be thinking to himself this is my big opportunity to redeem for my lack luster season.

If it sucks, then don't watch the tournament. Roddick is a homer, unless he is on grass.

There will still be good tennis and some of the name players are not there, well it's not like these players going to Paris are playing Futures events.

Frederick16
10-27-2005, 08:00 AM
hmmm very open field. i go for to-jo or mario ancic (yes i mean that very seriously)

MariaV
10-27-2005, 08:13 AM
Mario!!!! One could only wish! :rolleyes: But he did pull out a tough match yesterday.

yanchr
10-27-2005, 08:17 AM
So sorry for Paris organizers and fans who plan to go there. I just hope TMC won't be like Paris...I want Roger, Safin, Hewitt...all present in full shape.

Black Adam
10-27-2005, 08:47 AM
Cedric Pioline the Tournament Director said it would be great for Monfils to win;)
I am sure Roddick will blow another golden oportunity:rolleys:

landoud
10-27-2005, 08:58 AM
hope that roger gets well soon before Shanghai.

R.Federer
10-27-2005, 02:29 PM
Wow this sucks for the organizers and the fans who have tickets.
The ATP should infer and reduce the number of required and optionals in a year
ATP is beginning to resemble WTA of the last year in number of injury relation withdrawals

LaTenista
10-27-2005, 02:40 PM
Disappointing? Are you kidding me? It's fantastic! A great opportunity for an overlooked player, possibly an older one, to sneak through and claim a TMS title so that everyone can whine about him only winning because it's the end of the year, top players are injured/not motivated, it's a fluke, etc. Some people did exactly the same two years ago when we got Henman v Pavel. No chance of that this time considering their mutually lousy form, but Ljubo vs Grosjean instead? I say yes! :D

Roger and Rafa are locked at 4 all in the MS events this year. The tie won't be broken - I'm slightly gutted.

For the record, I was one of the few people who actually believed Henman would win Paris before he did. In fact, I won the ATP Fantasy Tennis game that week and my prize was a framed photo of Tim that he signed. :D

enqvistfan
10-27-2005, 02:44 PM
The good thing is that the tournament will be open this year. For once, it won't be Federer or Nadal, the winner (even if i have nothing against them)

RogiFan88
10-27-2005, 02:57 PM
i think roddick will have even a bigger pressure because he knows what's at stake if he doesn't win this one.

the press will never let him live it down if he still loses, especially if it happens in the early rounds...

Why s Pandy have more pressure? He's been losing first round in big tourneys like Montreal, USO and Madrid, so I don't think anyone expects him to get much past the first round, so, no pressure.

They'll be fixated on the Frenchies anyway. ;) Let Monfils win it -- we need a brand new Paris champion.

delsa
10-27-2005, 03:05 PM
Don't know why i ruined myself paying 130 euros to see a little bit of this TMS. :rolleyes:

:sad:

They want to make it look like a joke and that's what it will be.

:fiery:

The weather is fantastic for the season. I should sell my tickets on the black market and use the time of my short holydays to do better things instead of wasting my time there...

joycomesmorning
10-27-2005, 09:57 PM
Federer I expected. Rafa I expected. I wish Rafa could've come into Shanghai with this title but I think he should let his body heal. Moya's shoulder? OOOkkkaayyy.

But could someone please explain to me what injury Agassi has? PERSONAL REASONS? WTF?

Looks like the big boys are giving someone else a chance to shine.
It seems, according to press reports, that Steffi and Andre have a date in Vegas on Saturday night (the 29th) playing guest super stars at Emeril's big time charity event for hurricane victims in New Orleans....Kinda of hard to be in Vegas doing charity work and in Paris preparing for serious competiton at the same time....

I'm eyeing the bandwagon driven by those who think that AA doesn't have a whole lot of intention of going to China for the Masters...IF he qualifies

There's a chance that Federer will also be among the missing depending on how his foot feels on the court this week...there's even a greater chance that Baby-Hewie could keep Lleyton in Australia...and the greatest possibility of all that Safi's knee is no where near ready for prime time competition....

jcm

RonE
10-27-2005, 10:01 PM
It seems, according to press reports, that Steffi and Andre have a date in Vegas on Saturday night (the 29th) playing guest super stars at Emeril's big time charity event for hurricane victims in New Orleans....Kinda of hard to be in Vegas doing charity work and in Paris preparing for serious competiton at the same time....

I'm eyeing the bandwagon driven by those who think that AA doesn't have a whole lot of intention of going to China for the Masters...IF he qualifies

There's a chance that Federer will also be among the missing depending on how his foot feels on the court this week...there's even a greater chance that Baby-Hewie could keep Lleyton in Australia...and the greatest possibility of all that Safi's knee is no where near ready for prime time competition....

jcm

Sadly I have to agree on all points. This could end up becoming the lamest TMC field since 1997.

Jimnik
10-27-2005, 11:03 PM
The tournament is OPEN.
The winner's name will NOT be Roger or Rafa.

That's all that matters.
Don't know why i ruined myself paying 130 euros to see a little bit of this TMS.



They want to make it look like a joke and that's what it will be.



The weather is fantastic for the season. I should sell my tickets on the black market and use the time of my short holydays to do better things instead of wasting my time there...

Sell your ticket to me :)

jtipson
10-28-2005, 10:24 AM
Hewitt is also confirmed out now, and Mathieu gets into the main draw.

Geniey2g
10-29-2005, 11:47 PM
Hewitt is also confirmed out now, and Mathieu gets into the main draw.
PHM will probably waste his place, like he usually does. Such a shame, because I like him.

safdem
10-30-2005, 03:08 AM
aww damn...
cmon take this opportunity PHM :D