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Old 11-03-2005, 06:26 AM   #1
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Default zagreb gets ex milan/ex minsk tournament

story goes like this
one of the best croatian tennis journalist is currently in paris on masters tourrnament
obviously he has great ties with the people in world of tennis which he build in 30 years of covering this sport

so, out of nowhere comes romano grilloti, atp ref and says to this journalist : so i hear that you will again have atp tournament
of course journalist is totaly suprised because he knows minsk got it
grilloti responds : yes, in first schedule they were sending me to minsk, now it´s zagreb
obviously journalist is intrigued by all of this, and tries to go deeper
his friend from public relations in atp says between the lines that minsk is defenitly history
next station was director of zagreb challenger and director of that possible atp tournamnet in zagreb
he said: soon the confirmation is expected, that is all i can say, this is great chance that we can´t let slip away

so finally we come to why minsk droped out of the race
owners of the licence for ex milan tournament ( dubai ) decided to rent the license for it
singapur was in play, but atp wouldn´t have that
they insisted that that tournament stays in europe
so that left minsk, helsinki, split and zagreb in play
minsk won with backup of the state and great lobying from max mirnyi
but minsk has now backed off and droped out
they have realized that they have been unrealistic with their plans ( read: lack of resources )

so than into play came great interest forom zagreb, the fact that we already had 3 successful croatia indoors ( two in zagreb, one in split )
of course the fact that we have ivan, mario and ivo didn´t hurt either
decision will be made in shanghai or little earlier
zagreb is still not sure bet, but it looks pretty damn good for 4th croatia indoors, and 3rd in zagreb

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Old 11-03-2005, 06:36 AM   #2
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This isn't surprising if Zagreb gets this event, as it did have the indoors there before and the infrastructure is there, sure I'd have personally prefered Helsinki, as Finland doesn't have a tournament, but if this comes true, then congrats to Zagreb.
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If this new comes true, at last croats will play a tournament in their country since Umag seems to be a foreign ATP tournament for some croat players

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Helsinki would have been nice!
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Old 11-03-2005, 11:29 AM   #5
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i hope that Zagreb will get that routney :seah:
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i hope that Zagreb will get that routney :seah:
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Helsinki would have been nice!
Sure it would have been, then maybe even I would've got to an ATP tournament.
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Are we talking about next year right after Aussie Open????
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This isn't surprising if Zagreb gets this event, as it did have the indoors there before and the infrastructure is there, sure I'd have personally prefered Helsinki, as Finland doesn't have a tournament, but if this comes true, then congrats to Zagreb.
I didn't even know that Helsinki was trying to get an ATP tournament. That would have been great!
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It would be so great
But I´m not allowed to look forward to it yet, because I would be totally dissapointed if it didn´t happen....
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Yes - would be great - Zagreb is a great city
Definitley....have you already been there???
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Definitley....have you already been there???
I lived there for a year when I was younger (a few years ago now ), and I have visited often - I love it very much.
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http://www.vecernji-list.hr/newsroom...09237/index.do

Croatia Indoors is certain now. It will take place Jan 30 to Feb 5.
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I think it's a good idea. A tournament in Minsk or Helsinki will not lead to as high a number of visitors.
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