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Rotterdam commitments

maratski
01-06-2004, 11:25 AM
Since there isn't a thread yet for Rotterdam, I decided to post them here.

Commitments to Rotterdam

Roger Federer
Juan Carlos Ferrero
Lleyton Hewitt
Rainer Schuettler
Mark Philippoussis
Sébastien Grosjean
Paradorn Srichaphan
Jiri Novak
Tim Henman
Sjeng Schalken
Martin Verkerk
Max Mirnyi
Younes El Aynaoui
Tommy Robredo
Albert Costa
Thomas Johansson
Arnaud Clément
Greg Rusedski
Jarkko Nieminen
Karol Kucera
Ivan Ljubicic
Mikhail Youzhny
Andrei Pavel
Fernando Gonzalez
Sargis Sargsian

WILDCARDS

Raemon Sluiter
John van Lottum

The last wc shall be given away just before the tournament will start.

esther
01-06-2004, 12:39 PM
cool thanks

star
01-06-2004, 12:50 PM
It will be interesting to see those top three guys go at it. :)

Shalken is on there twice.... I guess he needed to double up. ;)

maratski
01-06-2004, 01:05 PM
Oops :o

I found them in an article so I was reading, deleting, etc. ;)

maratski
01-06-2004, 01:10 PM
changed ;)

TheBoiledEgg
01-06-2004, 01:27 PM
whats Scud doing here ??? normally he plays Memphis where there is about 10 players in top 100 :o

maratski
01-06-2004, 01:34 PM
scud was confirmed like two months ago ;)

Krajicek needed to please the sponsors and attract 4 top 10 players ;)

TheBoiledEgg
01-06-2004, 02:02 PM
only 4 top 10 ?? that all ??
most yrs a few top 20 dont get seeded here.

maratski
01-06-2004, 02:12 PM
there's 5 top 10 players there this time so I guess the top 8 are all in the top 20

star
01-06-2004, 02:21 PM
Oops :o

I found them in an article so I was reading, deleting, etc. ;)

haha. I was just thinking that Shalken might do better if he could appear twice in a draw. :)

Sjengster
01-06-2004, 02:22 PM
Yes, the idea of cloning Schalken and his game would frighten quite a few players and posters alike...

Deboogle!.
01-06-2004, 02:41 PM
wow nice looking tourney... when's Rotterdam again?

Sjengster
01-06-2004, 02:52 PM
February 16, I believe... it's always been a very high-calibre field, one of the best of the optional events.

TennisLurker
01-06-2004, 03:13 PM
It is the same week of the Buenos Aires tournament I think, Rotterdam always has a very good draw, but I dont understand why players like Costa go there and not to Viña del Mar, Buenos Aires , Brasil or Acapulco.

Sjengster
01-06-2004, 03:19 PM
You know, I'd never thought of that... you're right, it's bizarre considering that a) Costa is lousy indoors, one of the worst of the Spaniards on that surface and b) Rotterdam has so many good players that even when seeded he's likely to draw a tough opponent in the first round - like last year, when he got the defending champion Escude in the first round and unsurprisingly lost. Even Hewitt will find himself unseeded unless he gains new ranking points quickly...

TennisLurker
01-06-2004, 03:26 PM
I think he should do like Moya who plays almost all the clay tournaments from Buenos Aires to Sopot (and I bet that if Spain loses early in davis cup, Moya will play in Palermo and Bucharest too)

Sjengster
01-06-2004, 03:29 PM
Yes, it's strange that Moya enters all those clay-court events when really, between him, Ferrero and Costa, he has the best game for faster surfaces with his serve. But he certainly has the points to show for it, whereas Ferrero has had limited success in Rotterdam the last couple of years... he's still too injury-prone on fast courts, and he got thrashed by Escude as well back in 2002.

Chloe le Bopper
01-06-2004, 07:26 PM
Perhaps Costa doesn't feel like travelling any further than he has to ;)

Hispanica
01-07-2004, 12:14 AM
He maybe doesn't want to play on clay when he after has to play on hardcourts for Miami and Indian Wells..

Just a supposition

Leo
01-07-2004, 12:26 AM
Yes, the idea of cloning Schalken and his game would frighten quite a few players and posters alike...

Rainer (and his most loyal fan, Lee ;)) might just pee their pants. :eek:

I love this tournament. Great field, great location. And now that Richard Krajicek is doing some of the managing, it's in better shape than ever. :)

maratski
01-07-2004, 11:13 AM
Richard used to do some of the managing, but since the tournament director passed away last year he already took over immediatly as director.

They're playing for the Wim Buitendijk trophy this year, how nice to name it after him :)

Leo
01-07-2004, 10:07 PM
Richard used to do some of the managing, but since the tournament director passed away last year he already took over immediatly as director.

They're playing for the Wim Buitendijk trophy this year, how nice to name it after him :)

Wow, quite a responsibility for Richard. I'm sure he'll do great with it.

Action Jackson
01-08-2004, 06:47 AM
I think with his personality Richard Krajicek would be able to get plenty of top players to play in Rotterdam. I think Moya might prefer the party life in Buenos Aires to Rotterdam.

It would be good if one of the South American tourneys was the start of the clay season then they continue on Europe. Instead of playing there first, then going to IW and Miami, then back to clay.