Tournament Name: MEDIBANK INTERNATIONAL
Location: SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA
Dates: 8-13 JANUARY 2007 (SATURDAY FINAL)
Prize Money: US $419,000 (US $394,000)
SITE: SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL TENNIS CENTRE
ROD LAVER DRIVE, HOMEBUSH BAY
NSW, AUSTRALIA 2127
SURFACE: REBOUND ACE
PRIZE MONEY: US DOLLARS- ALL PRIZE MONEY WILL BE PAID BY ATP
WEB SITE: www.medibankinternational.com.au
Qualifying draw: January 5, 2007, 9:00 p.m.
Main draw: January 6, 2007, 12:00 p.m. (TBC)
Doubles draw: January 6, 2007, 6:00 p.m.
Entry deadline: November 27, 2006
Seeding: January 1, 2007
1 Rafael Nadal ESP 2
2 Nikolay Davydenko RUS 3
3 James Blake USA 4
4 Marcos Baghdatis CYP 12
5 Tomas Berdych CZE 13
6 Richard Gasquet FRA 18
OUT Lleyton Hewitt AUS 20
OUT Joachim Johansson SWE @21
OUT Dmitry Tursunov RUS 22
10 Sebastien Grosjean FRA 28
11 Fernando Verdasco ESP 35
OUT Xavier Malisse BEL 37
13 Fillippo Volandri ITA 38
14 Julien Benneteau FRA 40
15 Jurgen Melzer AUT 41
16 Arnaud Clement FRA 42
17 Carlos Moya ESP 43
18 Hyung-Taik Lee KOR 49
OUT Marc Gicquel FRA 50
20 Robby Ginepri USA 51
21 Fabrice Santoro FRA 52
22 Paradorn Srichaphan THA 53
23 Paul-Henri Mathieu FRA 55
24 (SE) Vincent Spadea USA
25 (SE) Stefan Koubek AUT
26 (Q) MINAR, Ivo CZE
27 (Q) SMEETS, Robert AUS
28 (Q) HERNYCH, Jan CZE
29 (Q) GULBIS, Ernests LAT
30 (WC) Chris Guccione AUS
31 (WC) Nathan Healey AUS
32 (WC) Luke Bourgeois AUS (play-off champion)
(LL) Seppi, Andreas ITA (replaces Johansson)
(LL) Kim, Kevin USA (replaces Malisse)
(LL) Korolev, Evgeny RUS (replaces Tursunov)
IN Mayer, Florian GER 56
IN Becker, Benjamin GER 58
1. Mahut, Nicolas FRA 66
2. Lapentti, Nicolas ECU 67
3. Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 68
4. Monaco, Juan ARG 69
5. Goldstein, Paul USA 71
6. Spadea, Vincent USA 73
7. Seppi, Andreas ITA 74
8. Hernych, Jan CZE 75
9. Hajek, Jan CZE 76
10. Phau, Bjorn GER 77
11. Rochus, Christophe BEL 78
12. Koubek, Stefan AUT 80
13. Vassallo Arguello, Martin ARG 81
14. Gimelstob, Justin USA 82
15. Greul, Simon GER 83
16. Starace, Potito ITA 84
17. Pless, Kristian DEN 85
18. Kendrick, Robert USA 87
1. Mayer, Florian GER 56
2. Becker, Benjamin GER 58
3. Mahut, Nicolas FRA 66
4. Lapentti, Nicolas ECU 67
5. Garcia-Lopez, Guillermo ESP 68
6. Monaco, Juan ARG 69
7. Goldstein, Paul USA 71
8. Spadea, Vincent USA 73
9. Seppi, Andreas ITA 74
10. Hernych, Jan CZE 75
11. Hajek, Jan CZE 76
12. Phau, Bjorn GER 77
13. Rochus, Christophe BEL 78
14. Koubek, Stefan AUT 80
15. Vassallo Arguello, Martin ARG 81
16. Gimelstob, Justin USA 82
17. Greul, Simon GER 83
18. Starace, Potito ITA 84
19. Pless, Kristian DEN 85
20. Kendrick, Robert USA 87
12-02-2006, 07:20 AM
Hewitt will be seeded, hopefully he goes well, he likes sydney. Will be curious to see which aussies get the wildcards.
Seeds Named in History Making Line-up at the Medibank International
The sensational women’s field for the Medibank International has been backed up by an outstanding men’s field Tournament Director Craig Watson announced today.
“I have now received the official entry field and I am thrilled to announce that for the first time ever the Medibank International will host three of the world’s top four men players,” said Mr. Watson. “Rafael Nadal ranked two, Nikolay Davydenko ranked three and our titleholder and world number four James Blake will spearhead a fantastic cast of stars.”
Sydney will see an unprecedented line-up in January as the Tournament's Top Seeds are named:
1. Nadal, Rafael
2. Davydenko, Nikolay
3. Blake, James
4. Baghdatis, Marcos
5. Berdych, Tomas
6. Gasquet, Richard
7. Hewitt, Lleyton
8. Johansson, Joachim
“This promises to be the greatest Tournament we have ever held and tennis fans will enjoy a smorgasbord of the sport’s best players,” continued Mr. Watson
This year, Nadal maintained his place as one of the most recognisable stars in the game by winning five titles including the French Open for the second consecutive year. He was also a finalist at Wimbledon and his energetic profile on the court makes him a very attractive personality.
Davydenko’s ranking of three is a career high. The Russian is one of the iron-men of the sport, playing more tournaments than anyone else in the top 20. He has had a very busy schedule over the last month; winning the Masters Series title in Paris Bercy, then to Shanghai for the Tennis Masters Cup, before heading back to Moscow for his wedding and then on to the final for the Davis Cup.
Blake meanwhile, saw his best ever year get off to a great start in Sydney when he won the Medibank International in a brilliant final that went to the wire. He won four more titles on three other continents and capped of the season by qualifying for his first Tennis Masters Cup, where he reached the final.
In addition to the three leading players, the Tournament will have five of the top 15 which includes number 12 Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus who burst onto the scene at the Australian Open and 13th ranked Czech Tomas Berdych.
Four-time Medibank champion Lleyton Hewitt is one of the nine players from the top 25. The Australian superstar cites the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre as one of his favourite venues and has often said he would like to take that particular Centre Court on the road with him.
The ranking entry cut-off is an impressive 55, with players from France dominating as six of them have entered. :) The leading French entry is the exciting youngster Richard Gasquet who is ranked 18, as well as the veteran Sebastien Grosjean.
Russian Dmitry Tursunov, one of the funniest guys on the circuit, will also be playing in Sydney. A hero in the Russian Davis Cup team, Tursunov put his team into the 2006 final against Argentina after scoring a marathon and dramatic win over Andy Roddick in the Davis Cup semis. Tursunov is also known for his hilarious tennis blog that appears on the ATP website.
Joining the field is 2003 Medibank International champion Hyung-Taik Lee, former finalist Carlos Moya as well as former Australian Open finalist Arnaud Clement. :D
“This men’s line-up compliments our women’s field superbly. The big question for those attending the Medibank International will be whether they should go and watch Nadal or Henin-Hardenne, Blake or Clijsters, Hewitt or Mauresmo. It’s going to be quite a choice,” added Mr. Watson.
12-09-2006, 05:44 PM
Evgeny Korolev has to be in the list of alternates too...
12-15-2006, 05:39 AM
FERNANDO :rocker2: :rocker2:
12-25-2006, 07:51 PM
12-28-2006, 08:56 AM
01-03-2007, 08:19 AM
Simone Bolelli will play the qualy.
01-03-2007, 02:26 PM
WC for Chris Guccione and Nathan Healey
The 3rd WC will be decided by wc play off
01-03-2007, 08:30 PM
http://www.clubsonline.com.au/news/index.cfm?fuseaction=display_main&NewsID=1405&orgid=870&cfid=4420532&cftoken=80305385&dts=4120072674Wild Cards Named For Medibank International - Aussies Scoop Pool
SYDNEY, 2 January 2007: Four Australians have been awarded wild cards into the main draw of the prestigious $1.3million Medibank International.
The two women’s wild cards have gone to the nation’s leading woman Samantha Stosur and to Optus Australian Fed Cup player Nicole Pratt. The two men’s wild cards have been given to Optus Australian Davis Cup team members Chris Guccione and Nathan Healey.
“We are very pleased to give these coveted wild cards to four Australians who have been great ambassadors to the sport here,” said Tournament Director Craig Watson. “All four players have represented Australia and this is one way of paying them back for their services to Australian tennis.”
Stosur, the world’s best doubles player, narrowly missed out on making the singles main draw of her own accord. The doubles Grand Slam champion has had an impressive year as well, taking her world ranking to a career high of 29. However the strength of the women’s field for the Medibank International meant the direct entry cut-off was 21 which included 18 of the world’s top 20.
The Queenslander started the 2006 season by reaching the last 16 of the Australian Open. She reached her third career final in Prague and was a semifinalist at New Haven and a quarterfinalist on three other occasions.
Pratt, ranked 77, found renewed energy in her tennis through 2006. For the first time in her career she reached the third round of Wimbledon after winning through the tough qualifying rounds. She was also a quarterfinalist at Montreal and made the second round of the US Open after wining through the qualifying draw.
Guccione, currently ranked 153, started the year with a big win over Juan Carlos Ferrero at the Medibank International. He was a brilliant competitor for Australia in the Davis Cup first round tie against Switzerland when he scored the point that gave Australia victory.
At 200cm, the Victorian is one of the tallest players in men’s tennis. He had most of his success on the Challenger circuit. He won titles at Medellin and Quito, he was a finalist at Geneva, a semifinalist at Manchester and Rome and a quarterfinalist at Bogota and Segovia.
Healey meanwhile, ranked 162, made the third round of the Australian Open where he lost a close match to world number three Nikolay Davydenko. The 26 year old from NSW performed well on the Challenger tour by making the semis in Burnie and Calabasas, and the quarters at four other events – Birmingham, Caloundra, Granby and Quito.
The third and final wild cards in the respective singles draws will be determined by the wild card play-off tournament that is currently in progress at the Sydney Olympic Park Tennis Centre. Eight men and eight women are battling it out for the last available spots.
01-04-2007, 03:27 PM
F.Lo to play Qualy here
01-04-2007, 04:05 PM
Sydney: (2 SE spots to be cleared)
NEXT: Becker, Mahut, Lapentti, Garcia-Lopez, Monaco, Goldstein
01-05-2007, 01:40 AM
Sydney: (2 SE spots to be cleared)
NEXT: Becker, Mahut, Lapentti, Garcia-Lopez, Monaco, Goldstein