Updated player list (20/8/2003)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
20th August 2003
Italian Davide Sanguinetti, German Alexander Popp and Belgium Dick Norman Join Thailand Open
Tough Europeans Davide Sanguinetti, Alexander Popp and Dick Norman are the latest players confirmed to play the Thailand Open.
“The winner of two ATP titles Davide Sanguinetti from Italy, together with two of the tallest players on the ATP circuit, German Alexander Popp and Belgian Dick Norman, confirmed their participation in the first-ever Thailand Open,” said Mr. Chaiyapak Siriwat, Chairman of the Thailand Open Organizing Committee. “The players are battling for the all-important ATP World Ranking points on offer at the Thailand Open,” he added.
Like fine wine, Sanguinetti gets better with age, capturing his first career ATP titles last year in Milan and Delray Beach at age 29. The Italian number one, who has already reached the ATP final in San Jose this year, is looking to continue his vintage displays at the Thailand.
The towering Alexander Popp (6’7”) and Dick Norman (6’8”) have been very imposing figures to opponents facing these two fine players, both of whom send down explosive serves from their lofty heights. Their serves have proved particularly menacing on the hollowed turf at Wimbledon where both Popp and Norman have produced their best results.
The German reached the quarter-final at Wimbledon 2000 with notable wins over Chang and Kuerten, and this year narrowly losing his quarter-final match 8 – 6 in the fifth set against eventual finalist Philippoussis. Norman overpowered Stefan Edberg at Wimbledon 1995 on his way to the fourth round before losing to Boris Becker.
“The styles of play between the big-serving Norman and Popp is a stark difference to the artistry of Sanguinetti. It’s very exciting that all the fantastic players confirmed to play at the Thailand Open ATP tournament have contrasting styles of play, which I’m sure will produce some great tennis action for the fans,” said Brian L. Marcar, Managing Director of tournament promoter and entertainment giant BEC-TERO Entertainment.
“Thailand will be such an exciting place for me to come to but the tournament will be very tough with Andy (Roddick), Juan Carlos (Ferrero), Carlos (Moya) and Paradorn competing,” said Alexander Popp. Roddick is on a hot streak, becoming just the third player in the past 15 years (his coach Brad Gilbert and Andre Agassi are the others) to amass 20 wins during the US hard court season leading into the US Open.
The Thailand Open will provide a great opportunity for fans to participate and be close to all the excitement of the Event and the ATP players. Thailand’s first-ever ATP men’s professional tennis tournament is seeking volunteers for numerous positions. If you are interested in volunteering and want to be a part of Thailand’s premier sporting Event or have further questions, please call Stuart McDonnell at 0-2262-3835.
The Thailand Open will be played at Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani from 20 – 28 September, 2003.