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07-12-2005, 05:21 PM
Thailand Open attracts big names

Published on July 13, 2005

[TENNIS] BEC-Tero Entertai-nment will spend up to Bt200 million on September’s Thailand Open and extend the contract to host the event to 10 years.

BEC Managing Director Brian Marcar said yesterday his company would increase the operational costs from Bt150 million last year to somewhere between Bt160 and Bt200 million in 2005.

The organisers also renewed a contract with the ATP for the license to stage the event, originally set for five years from 2003-2007.

With the new deal, BEC has the right to hold the country’s biggest tennis tournament until 2012.

Marcar said several big names, including three-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer, the No 1 player in the world, have signed up for this year’s tournament in which the Swiss is the reigning champion.

“We have invited the No 1 players from many countries. We have Federer, No 1 in Switzerland and in the world, Marat Safin, No 1 in Russia, Tim Henman, No 1 in Britain and of course Paradorn Srichaphan, our tennis star,” said Marcar.

Apart from Federer, Safin and Henman, ranked 1, 5 and 11 in the world, the organisers confirmed that German No 2 Tommy Haas, the former world No 2 and a very popular player among the female fans, would play this year.

Also, BEC is trying to get French Open semi-finalist Nikolay Davydenko, No 7 on the ATP computer, and rising French star Richard Gasquet, No 17 in the world, to join the tourna-ment.

But local fans will be keeping their fingers crossed for Paradorn to lift the title at home. Paradorn has won five professional titles, but has yet to win in front of his home crowd.

The up-and-coming Danai Udomchoke is another Thai to test his mettle in the event. With a wild card entry, Danai has appeared in the Thailand Open over the past two years but has yet to move beyond round one. The tournament will take place from September 24 to October 2 at the Impact Arena in Muang Thong Thani. Channel 3 will beam live coverage from September 26.

08-05-2005, 06:32 AM
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Riches flow to lure top tennis stars

Published on August 05, 2005

BEC-Tero Entertainment is forking out more than Bt50 million in appearance fees to ensure some big names for September’s Thailand Open, which at Bt200 million is the most expensive tennis tournament ever held in Thailand. Managing director Brian Marcar said the huge budget had been prepared to lure elite players like world No 1 and defending champion Roger Federer, No 4 and Australian Open holder Marat Safin, No 13 Tim Henman and the 25th-ranked Tommy Haas of Germany.

Marcar revealed that Federer, who tamed Andy Roddick for the title last year, was being paid between US$400,000 and $500,000 to make his second visit to the capital.

Safin’s rate was about $350,000 and Henman and Haas will pocket $100,000 each.

“We have to pay around $400,000-$500,000 for Federer alone. That does not include extra money we have to pay for him for each match he wins here,’’ Marcar said.

Apart from the four big names, the organisers have to pay for other highly ranked players such as world No 11 Mariano Puerta of Argentina, the French Open runner-up. Even Thai hero Paradorn Srichaphan has an appearance fee despite the fact that it is a home tournament. But Marcar opted not to disclose the world No 42’s fee.

“We also have to be responsible not only for their flight tickets and accommodation but also for those accompanying them. That’s why it takes a lot of money to organise this event,’’ added Marcar, who conceded there was no possibility of making a profit from this year’s event after facing deficits in the first two. It cost about Bt160 million to organise the first two tournaments.

“In the first two years, the operating costs rose higher and higher because we were in the early stages of organising the event. But this year I can tell you it’s around Bt200 million and we will not make a profit again,’’ said Marcar, who doesn’t believe the tournament will make a financial return until around 2008-2009.

The tournament, which runs from September 24 to October 2 at the Impact Arena, offers US$550,000 in prize money. Lerpong Amsa-ngiam
The Nation

08-07-2005, 12:34 AM
wow :eek: i don't think i've seen a tournament's finances and appearance monies being so openly discussed anywhere! that's good, let's face the reality of this game...

08-22-2005, 06:39 PM
wow :eek: i don't think i've seen a tournament's finances and appearance monies being so openly discussed anywhere! that's good, let's face the reality of this game...

an article above has taken from local newspapers. so the tournament director intensionally talks to local reader not Tennis fan. (he can feel free to express his feeling about financial situation and how much he pay for big name )

Let's notice he escapes to say about Srichaphan's Appearance fee. That's because "MONEY" is some kinda critical issue in Thailand. as you might know that many Thais still criticize about Srichaphan's donation to tsunami victims.

play in home town with big money? It isn't acceptable for many Thais. many will think like ..."You must play in hometown for your country for free"

he doesn't wanna make readers angry Srichaphan (anymore) so he can talk about Federer,Haas,Safin,Henman and any player.

If he think he's talking with Tennis fan. I bet he never mention about appearance fee at all. Moreover ATP Tournament is new to Thais so the medias are following this tournament closely. Some are talking about why not upgrade Bangkok to AMS Level (Candidate with China) in replace of Indian Wells.

09-14-2005, 05:34 PM
Philippoussis given a wild card

Published on September 15, 2005

[TENNIS] Local tennis enthusiasts can see with their own eyes how fast a “Scud” serve will travel when two-time Grand Slam finalist Mark Philippoussis makes his appearance at the US$550,000 (Bt22.5 million) Thailand Open.

The former world No 8, who reached the finals of the US Open in 1998 and Wimbledon in 2003, is one of the biggest servers in the game. His fastest serve was gauged at 142.3mph (229kph) last year in Dusseldorf.

Brian L Marcar, managing director of BEC-Tero Entertainment, said he was pleased that the Australian had accepted a wildcard into the event.

“It is a delight to add Mark Philippoussis, another world-class player, to the field at the Thailand Open,” he said. “I’m sure there are many people who, like me, will jump at the opportunity to see this champion player live in action for the first time.”

Brian said the Australian had wanted to play in Thailand but his ranking has slipped down and the organisers came to his rescue by awarding him the privilege card.

The 29-year-old Philippoussis has won 10 single titles and reached a career high of eighth-ranked player in 1998. However, he has suffered from a number of injuries in the past few years and his ranking plummeted.

However, he still possesses one of the biggest weapons in men’s tennis and none of the higher-ranked players will want to meet him in the early rounds of the tournament. Tickets to the Thailand Open are available at all Thai Ticketmaster outlets, by telephone on (02) 262 3456 or at Ticket prices range from Bt500 to Bt1,500.

09-15-2005, 04:53 PM

Published on September 16, 2005

Top Aussie battler joins strong field. Two-time Grand Slam winner Lleyton Hewitt will add more spice to this year’s US$550,000 Thailand Open 2005 at the end of the month. The Australian former world No 1, whose trademark yell “come on” every time he earns a crucial point has become a feature of his play, is the latest top-ranking tennis celebrity to join Thailand’s biggest tournament.

Already the event is studded with celebrities like Roger Federer, Tim Henman and Mark Philippoussis.

Brian L Marcar, managing director of BEC-TERO Entertainment, said he was excited that Hewitt, a semi-finalist in the US Open, has confirmed his participation in the Thailand Open for the first time.

“Lleyton Hewitt’s participation in the Thailand Open is another coup for the event,” he said. “This year’s field is shaping up as our strongest yet.”

Hewitt, currently ranked fifth in the world, has won 24 ATP titles including two Grand Slam trophies – the US Open 2001 and Wimbledon 2002 – and consecutive Masters Cup victories in 2001 and 2002.

“Hewitt is sure to prove a hit with Thai fans,” added Thailand Open organising committee chairman Chaiyapak Siriwat. “He is a tremendous competitor who always gives 110 per cent on court.” Also featuring in the Open starting on September 24 at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani, are Germany’s Tommy Haas, US Open semi-finalist Robby Ginepri and Thai heroes Paradorn Srichaphan and Danai Udomchoke.

09-17-2005, 02:00 AM
Gasquet confirms Thai Open appearance

Published on September 17, 2005

[TENNIS] French teenager Richard Gasquet is the latest star player to be added to the field for the US$550,000 Thailand Open ATP tournament beginning next Saturday at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani. The 19-year-old giant-killer is one of only three people, including Marat Safin and Raphael Nadal, to have defeated world No 1 Roger Federer this year.

Gasquet turned professional in 2002 and has jumped to number 12 in the world rankings after a string of great performances this year. He claimed his maiden title on grass in England’s Nottingham tournament in June.

Thai tennis fans might be lucky to see a rematch between the French teenager and Federer who is returning to the Kingdom to defend his crown. Other big names appearing in the tournament are Australian Lleyton Hewitt, Briton Tim Henman, Tommy Haas of Germany and US Open semi-finalist Robby Ginepri of the United States. Chaiyapak Siriwat, chairman of the Thailand Open Organising Committee, said world number 12 Gasquet was one of the hottest young players in the world.