Dates: March 7 & 8, 2009
Location: Indian Wells Tennis Garden
Entry Fee: None
Draw Size: 4 Player Draw consisting of 2 ATP Tour Players and 2 Challenge Round Finalists
Format: Matches will be the best of three sets with a 7-point Tiebreak to be played when the score reaches 6-all in any set
Entry deadline: Friday, February 6
Winner advances to the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event to begin on March 10th
BNP Paribas Open Announces Third Annual Challenge Tournament
02-17-2009, 03:09 PM
1 Dusan Vemic
2 Roman Bornanov
3 Andy Scorteanu (Challenge Round finalist)
4 Marcin Rozpedski or Colt Gaston (Challenge Round finalist)
Winner advances to the BNP Paribas Open Qualifying event.
02-23-2009, 04:50 PM
Is the pre qualies open for the public? andddddd is it free :p?
03-06-2009, 06:22 PM
(1) Vemic v. Rozpedski or Gaston
Scorteanu v. (2) Bornanov
Saturday Order of Play:
Gail Brodsky vs. winner of Jacqueline Cako/Lindsey Nelson
Roman Bornanov vs. Andrew Scorteanu
Dusan Vemic vs. winner of Gaston/Rozpedski
TBD vs. winner of Augustin vs. Lao
Sunday Order of Play:
03-06-2009, 06:26 PM
That's an Eastern European congregation there. Good luck Dule.
It's Borvanov BTW.
03-06-2009, 06:27 PM
Marcin Rozpedski focuses on his tennis game
INDIAN WELLS — A year ago, Marcin Rozpedski worked as the hitting partner for Ana Ivanovic, who went on to win the tournament at Indian Wells and the French Open en route to the No. 1 ranking. http://www.mydesert.com/gcicommonfiles/sr/graphics/common/adlabel_horz.gif
Ivanovic has hired Rozpedski, the director of tennis at The Lakes Country Club in Palm Desert, to hit with her again when she returns to Indian Wells to defend her title. However, if things go well for Rozpedski, they might reverse roles.
Rozpedski defeated Yusuke Kusuda 6-1, 6-4 on Saturday in his second-round match in the BNP Paribas Open challenger tournament. If Rozpedski wins today against David Johnson and again Monday, he will advance to the four-player prequalifer of the BNPP. And if he wins both of those matches, he will get into the qualifier. And if he wins two more matches there, Rozpedski will get into the main draw, which features the world's top 75 players.
And Rozpedski could be in the market for a good hitting partner, say the former No. 1 women's player in the world.
“She's going to be my hitting partner,” Rozpedski joked. “I'll pay her to be my hitting partner.”
In case Rozpedski doesn't make it into the main draw, this will be the third year he worked as Ivanovic's hitting partner. He had done so well, Ivanovic's people invited Rozpedski to come to Europe last year to help the Serbian prepare for the French Open.
So Rozpedski spent 10 days with her in Belgium, 10 days in Berlin, then Rome and Amsterdam, leading up to the French Open.
“It was amazing. It was such a great learning experience, tennis-wise, fitness wise,” Rozpedski said. “I learned how you get a tennis player to peak at the right time. She played the French Open final and that was a great match, and her semifinal match was incredible. And every match she played, it's as if we played with her.”
Rozpedski started working with Ivanovic three years ago thanks to Tom Fey, who is running this weekend's challenge round. Fey had gotten the request from the Ivanovic camp.
“I felt he would be very professional,” Fey said. “He's been there and done that.” http://www.mydesert.com/gcicommonfiles/sr/graphics/common/adlabel_horz.gif
As for Rozpedski, he will try to get himself back in shape for when Ivanovic returns to the valley. He said he plans to hit with Andy Scorteanu, a teaching pro at Indian Ridge Country Club and another player who will be favored in the challenge round.
However, Rozpedski doesn't have the luxury of focusing solely on the tournament. On Friday, he went to the Date festival with his two young sons and his wife. After his match Saturday, Rozpedski had to return to the Lakes to organize the Valentine's tournament they're hosting today. All this, and Rozpedski will have to get ready to play his friend, David Johnson, a teaching pro at Indian Wells Tennis Garden today.
“I've never played him in a tournament, but he's my best friend and he babysits my kids and he plays guitar for them,” Rozpedski said. “If he's at the net and I get an overhead, it's going to be like, ‘Should I hit him or not?'”
On the women's side, Anna Anikanova had an impressive victory Saturday, winning the first seven games and rolling to a 6-0, 6-2 victory over Sylvia Schenck.
Anikanova, who teaches juniors at Jackie Cooper Tennis at the Palm Desert Resort Country Club, said she had spotted some weaknesses in Schenck's game and aggressively went after her. For Anikanova, it was important to execute her game plan flawlessly, considering her audience.
“I teach this, come on. I got to do it because I have all my kids here watching me,” Anikanova said.
Rozpedski has figured out Gaston, but ‘monster' awaits
The Lakes' tennis director plays in Challenger today; matches start at 2
INDIAN WELLS — Marcin Rozpedski, the tennis director at The Lakes in Palm Desert, said his three-week delayed match today against Colt Gaston will be a sprint to the finish. http://www.mydesert.com/gcicommonfiles/sr/graphics/common/adlabel_horz.gif
It's just that Rozpedski is not crazy about what's waiting for him at the finish line of the BNP Paribas Open Challenger.
Rozpedski leads Gaston after winning the first set 7-6 but trails the second set 2-0.
“I have to be crisp and sharp right off the bat,” said Rozpedski, who also will be the hitting partner for Ana Ivanovic, the women's defending champion of the BNP Paribas Open. “I'm playing well. I got a good practice and workouts, and I will have a lot of Lakes members there, so I'm going to count on a home-court advantage.”
Rozpedski's match and two women's matches will begin at 2 p.m. today at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. All three challenger matches were postponed from February because of rain.
If any of the matches go to a third and decisive set, they will play a super tiebreaker instead of a full set, which will make for a short day for Rozpedski.
However, if he wins, he could be in for a long day.
Rozpedski could move into Saturday's four-player prequalifier, where he would have to face the dangerous Dusan Vemic of Serbia. Saturday's prequalifier is part of the BNP Paribas' Kids Day event.
Two years ago, Vemic won the challenger, prequalifier and was a match away from reaching the main draw, losing a three-set match.
“Are you serious? No, you're kidding me. Are you serious? This guy is a monster,” Rozpedski said after hearing he might have to face Vemic, who is ranked 272nd on the ATP Tour. “What is he doing in qualies? I'd like to win the first one and basically, I'll have nothing to lose after that.”
Of course, Gaston won't be a very easy match to win, even though Rozpedski already has won a set in the best-of-three match.
In that first set, Gaston was serving for the set at 5-4 before Rozpedski saved three set points to escape.
“I kind of figured out his serve a little,” Rozpedski said. “His first serve is so big, it's like playing the lottery. You just pick a side and hope you get lucky by putting the racket on the ball. But I started to play back and he missed some. And once we get into a rally, I think I have the advantage because I'm a little more consistent. But he's a dangerous player.”
Another thing working to Rozpedski's advantage is his strong following from The Lakes, which attends many of his matches in the Coachella Valley.
Another local player, Andy Scorteanu, had completed his February match, and he will play Roman Bornanov on Saturday.
Rozpedski said Bornanov is a good player, but not at the level of Vemic.
“Vemic is way better than all of us,” Rozpedski said.