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smucav
04-03-2007, 07:52 PM
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Fish Joins Newport Field
By Tennis Week
04/03/2007

ATP Comeback Player of the Year Mardy Fish is plotting another successful return this summer. Fish has entered the field for the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, scheduled for July 9-15, on the historic grass-court grounds of the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport, RI.

Played for the Van Alen Cup, the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships features 32 of the top men in professional tennis competing in the only ATP pro event played on grass in North America. The 22nd-ranked Fish was a Newport quarterfinalist last year, losing to eventual champion Mark Philippoussis. Fish has reached the Newport quarters three times (2000 and 2002) in five appearances.

Last week, Fish received the ATP's 2006 Comeback Player of the Year Award. After undergoing two left wrist operations in 2005, his ranking dropped far below 300, but he steadily improved and climbed back into the ATP Top 50 rankings to finish the 2006 tennis season at No. 47. In moving back up the rankings, he won his second career title in Houston (he won his first title at Stockholm in 2003), while also making three quarterfinal tournament appearances (Newport, Washington, Metz).

The 25-year-old Floridian posted his best career Grand Slam result in January when he reached the Australian Open quarterfinals where he fell to former house mate Andy Roddick. He also reached the semifinals at Auckland and Memphis and the quarterfinal at San Jose. Fish has reached four quarterfinals in five tournaments this season. He withdrew from the Sony Ericsson Open in Miami due to a strained shoulder, but is expected to return to tournament play next week in Houston.

Fish also holds three career doubles titles and was the silver medallist in the 2004 Olympics.

Tickets for the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships can be ordered online at www.tennisfame.com or by calling 866-914-FAME. Tickets for Saturday's 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, featuring the Class of 2007 — Pete Sampras, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Sven Davidson and legendary tennis photographer Russ Adams— and semifinal matches are sold out. For more information, please call 866-914-FAME.

Grinder
05-23-2007, 08:14 PM
Mario Ancic and Vincent Spadea have commited to Newport.
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CROATIA’S MARIO ANCIC ENTERS CAMPBELL’S HALL OF FAME TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS

Posted May 23, 2007
Ancic was last player to defeat Federer at Wimbledon

American Vince Spadea will make 6th Appearance in Newport
NEWPORT, RI -- The International Tennis Hall of Fame today announced that ATP Pro Mario Ancic, currently ranked No. 17 in the world, has entered the 2007 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, scheduled for July 9-15. Played for the Van Alen Cup, the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is the first American tournament following Wimbledon and is played on the legendary grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame.
The 6’5” Croatian will be making his second appearance in Newport, having received a wild card in 2002. Ancic turned pro in 2001, and has captured three singles championships, has been a finalist six times, and has 4 doubles titles. In Grand Slam events, Ancic reached the quarterfinal at both Roland Garros and Wimbledon in 2006, having also reached the semifinal at Wimbledon in 2004. His Wimbledon debut was in 2002 where he qualified and then in the first round on Center Court beat Roger Federer. Since losing to Ancic, Federer has not lost another match at Wimbledon.
In 2006, Ancic compiled his best tennis season with a career-high ranking of No. 7 in the world, earning more than $1 million in prize money, winning a career-high 55 matches and reaching the quarterfinals (or better) in a career-best 13 tournaments.
This year, Ancic reached the second round at Auckland, and then reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, where he was stopped by American Andy Roddick in a five set battle. Ancic is an eight year veteran of the Croatian Davis Cup Team with a 15-13 overall record (9-11 in singles; 6-2 in doubles) and was on the winning Cup team in 2005.
American Vince Spadea has also entered the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships and will be making his sixth appearance on the legendary grass courts of the International Tennis Hall of Fame. Spadea, who last year released his book Break Point! : An Insider’s Look at the Pro Tennis Circuit, reached the Newport final in 2005, bowing to Greg Rusedski of Great Britain. Turning pro in 1993, Spadea has captured one singles title and three doubles titles. In 2006 he finished in the Top 100 ATP rankings for the 11th time in his 13-year career, highlighted by back-to-back semifinal showings at Delray Beach and San Jose.
In 2007, Spadea is currently ranked at No. 64, reaching the semifinal at Delray Beach and the quarterfinals at Adelaide, San Jose, Houston and Estoril.
Tickets for the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships July 9-15 can be ordered online at www.tennisfame.com (http://www.tennisfame.com/) or by calling 866-914-FAME. Tickets for Saturday’s 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and semifinal matches are sold out. For more information, call 866-914-FAME.
In conjunction with the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, the International Tennis Hall of Fame will hold its annual Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Saturday, July 14. The Class of 2007 will be represented by Pete Sampras, Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario, Sven Davidson and Russ Adams. For more information on the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum, call 401-849-3990.

~EMiLiTA~
05-24-2007, 01:33 AM
Mario! :banana:

smucav
05-26-2007, 09:45 PM
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Philippoussis Plans Newport Return
By Tennis Week
05/25/2007

Mark Philippoussis is preparing to make his return to tournament tennis on historic grass courts, but the former Wimbledon finalist will launch his comeback at the International Tennis Hall of Fame in Newport in July rather than at Wimbledon in June.

The 2003 Wimbledon runner-up, who has been training in Las Vegas with Gil Reyes, Andre Agassi's strength coach and friend, has been sidelined since injuring his right knee during a Hopman Cup match in January. The defending Newport champion plans to accept a wild card into the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, scheduled for July 9-15, on the grass courts of the Hall of fame, his manager Rob Aivatoglou told the AAP in a statement.

The 30-year-old Philippoussis was offered a wild card into the Artois Championships at Queen's Club, the popular grass-court Wimbledon warm-up, but declined on the advice of Reyes.

"He is only at about 95 per cent fitness and Gil didn't want him coming back anything short of 100 per cent fit," Aivatoglou in a statement. "He's had such a rough trot with injuries we don't want to take any risk of any further injuries."

You won't have to wait until July to see Philippoussis in action — he stars as perhaps "the most eligible bachelor in America" in the new NBC reality show "Age Of Love", which premieres on Monday, June 18 at 10 p.m. Eastern time.

shotgun
05-26-2007, 11:12 PM
Philippousis needed a WC last year to play the event, now he needs one again to defend his title. :lol:

Then again, he's 137 so he may even make the cut-off, considering that Newport usually has very weak fields.

smucav
05-27-2007, 09:42 PM
The final 2006 cut-off was 145. (Among the 32 draw tournaments, only Los Angeles, Delray Beach, Vina del Mar, & Beijing were lower.)