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Old 11-07-2005, 02:04 PM   #1
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http://go.reuters.co.uk/newsArticle..../uk/tennisNews

Ljubicic confirmed for Kooyong tournament

MELBOURNE, Nov 7 (Reuters) - World number eight Ivan Ljubicic will play at the invitational Kooyong Open next January, organisers said on Monday.
Croatia's Ljubicic joins world number one Roger Federer, American Andy Roddick, Germany's Tommy Haas and Argentines David Nalbandian and Guillermo Coria for the tournament in Melbourne from Jan. 11-14.

Two spots remain open in the field for the round-robin tournament, which precedes the Australian Open, the year's first grand slam.

Ljubicic lost the Paris Masters final to the Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on Sunday.

He has qualified for the Tennis Masters Cup in Shanghai, which begins on Sunday.

Agassi will probably play as well.
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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You will be going george?
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Old 11-07-2005, 03:52 PM   #3
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No, just going to the Aus Open.
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I definitely would have preferred Gaba winning as he needs the points much more, but Jan would have beaten him anyway. I expect Hajek to destroy Machado, like 6-1 6-2.
Machado wins 6-2 6-1
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I think Agassi has confirmed
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This is gonna be great!
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Good players here
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Reuters is reporting that Monfils is the final player

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/news...-18_SP285819:1
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Reuters is reporting that Monfils is the final player

http://today.reuters.co.uk/news/news...-18_SP285819:1

Yes - they are saying that on Eurosport now too - excellent field.

http://www.eurosport.com/home/pages/...to799717.shtml
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Will Agassi pull out?
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I'm sure he'd like to play, but if he isn't gonna play the Open I'm sure he won't play here either.
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Good field and good to see Monfils there, but I won't be seeing it this time around.
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Will Agassi pull out?
he has confirmed the participation,
but can cancel in the last moment (b.o. injury)
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Even though Kooyong is only an exhibition tounament that obviously do not award any points, how come it always manages to draw big names every year ? Does it offer BIG appearance fee?
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Does it offer BIG appearance fee?
Probably.

Also there are a few other reasons:

1) it's 3 guaranteed matches, whereas tournaments you could lose early
2) those matches are all of highest quality - Monfils is the lowest-ranked player playing, so where a tourney you might get lower ranked players most of the way through, at Kooyong they're guaranteed 3 decent matches, no players outside the top 100 or anything. Forces them to get into form quickly.
3) it's in Melbourne, so the weather and related conditions are the same. Moreover, it's easier on the players mentally b/c they come a week before, don't have to move hotels, etc. So they're on the same surface in the same city with the same weather in the same hotel and are close enough to Melbourne Park so that they can practice there on the courts there, too, in between the exho. So while getting some matches in, they're also getting used to the actual AO conditions way in advance of their colleagues who are off in Sydney and New Zealand.
4) Several of the guys use this as their only AO preparation - instead of starting Jan 2, they start Jan 11. That's basically adding a whole extra week onto the off-season and considering how short that season is to begin with, an extra week is certainly valuable to them.

Sounds good to me!
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