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01-19-2004, 06:09 PM
2004 Siebel Open Players

Andre Agassi
James Blake
Lars Burgsmuller
Taylor Dent
Wayne Ferreira
Mardy Fish
Jan-Michael Gambill
Justin Gimelstob
Paul Golstein
Tommy Haas
Joachim Johansson :hearts:
Nicolas Kiefer
Irakli Labadze
Hyung-Taik Lee
Xavier Malisse
Todd Martin
Jurgen Melzer
Wesley Moodie
Alexander Popp
Christophe Rochus
Andy Roddick (really?)
Cyril Saulnier
Vincent Spadea
Paradorn Srichaphan
Dmitry Tursunov
Brian Vahaly

01-19-2004, 06:59 PM
go Xavier & Christophe! :D

also good luck to Cyril, Tommy & Mardy.

01-19-2004, 11:57 PM
I'm surprised that Ginepri is not on here, but maybe he will ask for a wildcard. I think he kept it open in case he was named to the Davis Cup team. I"ll be there all week and I can hardly wait. *woohoo*

i love paradorn
01-20-2004, 12:22 AM
paradorn is not playing in siebel

01-20-2004, 07:07 AM
Why do you think Paradorn is not playing in San Jose?

01-20-2004, 11:27 AM
Siebel Open is not currently in his schedule. Not sure it's a mistake or not.

01-21-2004, 09:08 AM
It is a mistake, since Paradorn is playing Rotterdam this year. At least, the tournament site says so.

Also, it seems that the Siebel Open is considered to be a second rate tournament, since a lot of players who usually play in Rotterdam, now play in San Jose. The Americans are the exception there of course, and so is Wayne Ferreira, who hasn´t played in Rotterdam for years.

But Kiefer, Malisse and Christophe Rochus usually play in Rotterdam, but they cannot get in, because the lowest direct entrance is ranked #46 I believe..

01-21-2004, 12:38 PM
Paradorn will not play in San Jose for sure. Don't understand why San Jose official site keep placing him along with American stars in their home page.

Paradorn's schedule

01-21-2004, 01:06 PM
Technically speaking it would be possible for him to travel to San Jose, play there and then travel to Rotterdam and play there. It would make no sense, however, since he would have to go back to the USA straight away after Rotterdam.. But if he is playing in Marseilles, as his schedule states, a mistake has been made ;)

01-21-2004, 05:10 PM
Ferreira plays San Jose every year because he lives less than an hour away in Berkeley. Very interesting about the Paradorn mixup because they shouldn't put player names up unless they have signed contracts and entry forms in their hands. I wonder who screwed up?

01-22-2004, 07:01 AM
Would be fun if it turns out to be Paradorn himself :) That would create a nice row ;)

01-24-2004, 01:15 PM
Good luck to:

01-26-2004, 10:29 AM
good luck to HT.LEE & Joachim Johansson!! :worship:

01-31-2004, 08:14 PM
good luck Joachim and Vince :D

02-02-2004, 05:56 PM
Tommy :hearts: :lick: :worship:

and go Belgians :)

02-03-2004, 09:57 AM
Good luck to Nicolas Kiefer :D

02-03-2004, 01:38 PM
My fingers are crossed for:
Lars Burgsmuller
Wayne Ferreira
Joachim Johansson
Todd Martin
Jurgen Melzer
Alexander Popp
Brian Vahaly
particularly alexander! ;)

02-03-2004, 06:09 PM
Well, it's getting curious here in Northern California...

I'm thinking Tommy is going to announce that he will pull out just about any day now. The latest blurb on his website does not sound promising.

And the plot grows thicker with Paradorn. There are now ads on the radio for the tournament that feature Paradorn and announce his first round match On Wednesday night, after Roddick. Surely the tournament would not have aired this ad if they did not have signed papers from Paradorn or one of his reps. I believe the draw will be done on Friday, so we'll find out soon enough.

02-03-2004, 07:49 PM
Return Match: Haas, Gilbert, Chang To Make Comebacks At Seibel Open


Photo By Art Seitz By Richard Pagliaro

Tommy Haas spent some of his time away from tennis getting his feet wet and now the former No. 2 is poised to plunge back into the competitive waters of tournament tennis at next week's Siebel Open. The gifted German isn't the only former top 10 player preparing for a comeback in San Jose, former Siebel champions Michael Chang and Bay Area ambassador Brad Gilbert are both committed to competing in the event — against each other.

"We're very excited to have Tommy here," Siebel tournament director Bill Rapp told Tennis in an interview conducted from his cell phone this morning. "He's already made hotel reservations for himself and his coach, Red Ayme, and his plan is to kick off his ATP season right here in the Silicon Valley."

Defending tournament champion Andre Agassi, reigning U.S. Open champion Andy Roddick, talented Thai Paradorn Srichaphan, Xavier Malisse and a cast of top American competitors including James Blake, Taylor Dent, Mardy Fish, Robby Ginepri, Todd Martin, Jan-Michael Gambill, Vince Spadea and Brian Vahaly have all entered the event staged at the HP Pavilion in San Jose.

A year ago, Agassi annihilated Italy's Davide Sanguinetti, 6-3, 6-1 to capture his fifth career Bay Area championship. The 33-year-old Agassi is scheduled to play his opening round match next Tuesday night at 7 p.m. Immediately after Agassi's match, Haas makes his long-awaited return to tournament tennis.

The last time most fans saw Haas hit his trademark one-handed backhand it was against Mark Philippoussis in an soggy showdown that made a bigger splash than a water polo final as the pair played in a pool for a Pacific Life commercial.

Since then, Haas had hoped to return to tennis in Doha last month as preparation for the Australian Open, but his surgically-repaired right shoulder was not yet up to strength. Now, he's set his sights on making his season debut in San Jose. It will be his first match since he fell to Roger Federer in a third-round match at the BNP Paribas Masters in Paris on Halloween of 2002.

A two-time Australian Open semifinalist, the 25-year-old Haas played his last Grand Slam match against 14-time Grand Slam champion Pete Sampras in the fourth round of the 2002 Open. In what was one Sampras' toughest tests in his Open title run, the former No. 1 prevailed with a 7-5, 6-4, 6-7, 7-6 victory over Haas.

Haas played the rest of the indoor season in 2002 before undergoing surgery to repair a torn right rotator cuff in December of 2002. Doctors initially told him he faced six months of rehab, but Haas was sidelined for the entire 2003 season and was forced to cancel his planned comeback in Qatar.

It has been a trying time for Haas, whose parents were injured in a serious motorcycle accident in Sarasota, Florida in June of 2002. Haas' father, Peter, is a former schoolmate and lifelong friend of action star and current California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. The tournament extended an invitation to the Terminator to watch Haas' comeback, but a previous commitment will prevent him from attending.

After witnessing the job noted Oakland Raiders fan and San Rafael resident Gilbert has done in helping Roddick rise to the top of tennis, it wouldn't be surprising if many members of the Raider Nation nominated Gilbert as a write-in candidate for special teams coach for their floundering franchise, but the noted Metallica fan will be busy making the strings sing when he takes to the court to take on Chang in a clash of former tournament champions scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday night.

It is the marquee match of the tournament's USTA Member Monday Night, "Celebration of USA Davis Cup" and the pair will be playing for more than pride in the $10,000 winner-take-all one-set match with the winner donating all proceeds to his favorite charity.

"It's going to be a fun night with two of the most popular players we've had here," Rapp said. "I think both Brad and Michael may be a little nervous because neither one has played in a match like this for a while, but they're both looking forward to it."

The evening will also feature a special ceremony to honor current U.S. Davis Cup team members Roddick, Fish and Ginepri, who will take the trip cross country after completing the United States' opening-round tie against Austria at the Mohegan Sun on Sunday and arrive in San Jose for the Monday night celebration.

For Siebel Open ticket information, please phone (408) ACE-2121 or visit the Siebel Open web site. If you can't make the trip to the Bay Area, you can probably catch the tournament on television as the Siebel Open offers its most comprehensive television coverage in tournament history this year.

"This is by far the best television coverage we've had," Rapp said. "The international coverage is really impressive. I've been told everything stops in Thailand when Paradorn plays so we're glad fans in his country can watch him play here."

The Tennis Channel will begin its coverage on Wednesday, February 11 at 3:30 p.m. Pacific time during the day session and will continue through the entire evening session live. On Thursday, The Tennis Channel will begin broadcasting at 2 p.m. during the day session and continue through the entire evening session. On Friday, February 13th, The Tennis Channel will broadcast all day and evening session matches live. On Saturday, February 14th, Fox Sports Net (FSN) will broadcast the 2 p.m. singles semifinal live and FSN will televise the 7 p.m. singles semifinal at 9 p.m. on two-hour tape-delay. The Tennis Channel will broadcast the 2 p.m. doubles semifinal live on Saturday. Sunday's singles final will be broadcast live at 1 p.m. by FSN and immediately following it, The Tennis Channel will televise the doubles final live.

For a listing of the tournament's international television coverage, please visit the Siebel Open Television Schedule page.

02-03-2004, 11:55 PM
Tommy :hearts: :lick: :worship:

and go Belgians :)

Hey Hass is playing again? Kool... He was one of my faves... I thought he was to play in the Aussie open too what happened?

02-04-2004, 11:58 AM
great Tommy is coming back :D :)

02-05-2004, 04:09 PM
Hey Hass is playing again? Kool... He was one of my faves... I thought he was to play in the Aussie open too what happened?

He thought he wasn't fit enough to play :)


02-05-2004, 04:21 PM
Andy Roddick is so sexy.

I hope he wins.

He's such a great player.

02-07-2004, 02:46 AM
Tommy Haas is the man. I hope he's done with his injuries for a long time.

02-08-2004, 07:18 AM
I have watched Fish ever since Delray Beach, and I hope he wins here again because he is so much nicer to watch than Roddick between the Americans. I also hope Haas can start to regain his form here. Other than those guys, I like junior champions to do well, so go Jurgen Melzer