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Thailand Open 2003, the first ATP tournament will be take place in Bangkok, Thailand during 20 - 28 September at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

There are world top 5 players have confirmed to play, JCF, Moya, Roddick, Novak including Paradorn. :hearts: The tournament Managing Director try to negotiate Agassi to join.

In addition, there will be Davis Cup World Group Play-offs between THAILAND vs CZECH REP. hosted by Thailand during 19 - 21 September. The tie will be playing at the same place (the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani).

This is our good chance to meet the world great players in Bangkok. I'm defenitely exciting. :hearts: Can't wait to watch them play. :)
 

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President of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT), Suwat Liptapanlop and Ball(Paradorn)

ATP THAILAND OPEN
World's top stars confirm participation
Tor Chittinand

French Open champion, Juan Carlos Ferrero of Spain is among several stars who have confirmed their participation in the ATP Thailand Open tennis tournament September 20-28 at the Impact Arena, Muang Thong Thani.

In addition to Ferrero, ranked second in the world, other stars who will be playing are Carlos Moya (4) from Spain, America's Andy Roddick (6) and Jiri Novak (10) of the Czech Republic.

Local fans will be able to cheer Paradorn Srichaphan, ranked 11th.

The participation of the top players was confirmed yesterday by president of the Lawn Tennis Association of Thailand (LTAT), Suwat Liptapanlop and Minister of Tourism and Sports, Sonthaya Khunpluem.

``It will be the second biggest tennis tournament in Asia, following the Japan Open,'' Suwat said.

Negotiations are still underway in trying to get world number one Andre Agassi to play in the tournament. However he is reportedly asking US$400,000 (around 16 million baht) to appear.

Managing director of BEC Tero Entertainment, Brian Marcar said: ``we are still negotiating. I hope he will come.''

Suwat said tournament prizemoney would be US$550,000 (about 23 million baht.) However, there are also appearance fees for each star player totalling an additional US$650,000. So chief sponsors BEC Tero Entertainment will be spending up to 150 million baht for the tournament, he said.

Paradorn said he was delighted that Thailand is hosting an ATP tournament for the first time.

``When I was young I dreamed of something like this,'' he said. ``I'm sure it will be very well organised.''

Paradorn said he would be leaving for the US today where he will take part in five ATP tournaments before the US Open.

He said his aim for the US Open is to at least reach the third round.

Availability of tickets for the Thailand Open will be announced later by BEC Tero Entertainment.

Just a few days before the ATP tournament Thailand will also host the Davis Cup world group playoff against Czech Republic at Muang Thong Thani from September 19-21.

From: Bangkok Post
 

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THAILAND OPEN: TOUGH DUEL
Published on Jul 18, 2003

Thailand's top stars Paradorn Srichaphan and Danai Udomchoke will test their mettle against elite players including French Open champions Juan Carlos Ferrero and Carlos Moya in the US$550,000 (Bt22.9 million) Thailand Open at Muang Thong Thani in September.

The event, to be played on an indoor surface at the Impact Arena from September 20-28, will be the richest tennis tournament ever held in Thailand. It will also offer the highest prize money of any ATP tournament in the region. The TV coverage is likely to reach about 76 million homes all over the world, the organisers claimed.

Paradorn gets direct entry into the 32-man draw in the singles category owing to his No 11 ranking in the world, while compatriot Danai, the world No 183, will get a wildcard. It will be the biggest professional tournament for the young Thai.

Apart from world No 2 Ferrero, the current Roland Garros champion, and No 4 Moya, the 1998 French Open winner, American heartthrob Andy Roddick, the world No 6, is another big-name to have confirmed his participation.

Organisers BEC-Tero have been bending over backwards to bring in world No 1 Andre Agassi no matter the appearance fee. But the eight-time Grand Slam champion has yet to accept the invitation.

For Paradorn, who already has three ATP titles in his pocket, playing an ATP tournament on home soil is a dream come true. "Since I was a kid, I dreamt of playing a professional tournament one day in front of Thai fans. It will be a great opportunity for the Thai fans to watch world-class players at home," said Paradorn, who is aiming to add one more trophy to his collection.

"I would love to win a trophy in my country. I can make this happen if a lot of fans come and support me," said Paradorn who left for the USA yesterday morning to take part in six hard court tournaments including the US Open.

The Thai has many points and a title in Long Island, his maiden championship, to defend. "I'm going to give my best in the tournaments but if I can't win, that's OK. I don't want to put pressure on myself," Paradorn said.

The Thai ace will be in a hurry to get back to the top 10 ranking this year.

From : The Nation
 

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Yes, Hong Kong Open is replaced by Thailand. :sad: I will never see Carlos in Hong Kong. He doesn't come to L.A. either. So :sad:
But nice to see Paradorn playing for his home crowd. It must be a fantastic feeling. :bounce:
 

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Xin said:
Yes, Hong Kong Open is replaced by Thailand. :sad: I will never see Carlos in Hong Kong. He doesn't come to L.A. either. So :sad:
But nice to see Paradorn playing for his home crowd. It must be a fantastic feeling. :bounce:
Thanks for sharing the news. :hearts:
But I think Tashkent, Uzbekistan is replaced by Thailand Open.

Do you you why they cancelled Salem Open ??? :confused: :confused:
 

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I think because they shifted the event to Beijing instead - it's all to do with the ATP's attempt to try and open up new business markets in China and the Far East in general. The Masters Cup being held in Shanghai last year was the first step towards that...
 

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But the Beijing Open is cancelled this year. Mostly because of the SARS. :( I don't know if there will be a tournament in Beijing next year.
About Shanghai Open, it is said that Safin, Costa, Verkerk will come. I also heard that Novak is confirmed, but according to your post he will be playing Thiland Open. :confused:
 

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That's right, Beijing replaced Hong Kong, but it got cancelled. :mad:

It's a real pity Bangkok and Shanghai are on the same week. The ATP better do something for next year. :(

Interesting that this tourney will be played Indoors. The players won't have to deal with the heat and humidity. :eek:

Thanks Jiro for the news. :wavey:
 

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But the Beijing Open is cancelled this year. Mostly because of the SARS. :( I don't know if there will be a tournament in Beijing next year.
About Shanghai Open, it is said that Safin, Costa, Verkerk will come. I also heard that Novak is confirmed, but according to your post he will be playing Thiland Open. :confused:
I think the reason why Novak will be playing Thailand Open is because he has to play the Davis Cup world group playoff against Thailand just a few days before the Thailand Open start.
 

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jirobkk said:
I think the reason why Novak will be playing Thailand Open is because he has to play the Davis Cup world group playoff against Thailand just a few days before the Thailand Open start.
Oh I see. Thanks for the information.:)
To be honest, I'm not expecting Marat to come to Shanghai, since he's having so many problems with his injury. And I doubt if Costa will show up, too. Rainer Schuettler was 2001 champion of Shanghai Open, but he's not invited this time :eek: So I won't be surprised if the tournament in my town turns out to be like a challenger one. :eek: :eek:
 

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Xin: didn't you see Carlos playing last yr in HKG ??

Carlos did goto LA once but he was dead tired after taking 3 flights to get there :eek:

great field :)
 

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kiro, you don't have to be invited to enter an ATP event. ;)

Schuttler is expected to play at the Japan Open, so it's likely he'll be in Asia the week before (Bangkok or Shanghai)...
 

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When was the Beijing tournament originally scheduled for before being cancelled? Not the same week asd Bangkok, Shanghai, and Palermo, right? That'd be ridiculous.
 

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Oh I see. Thanks for the information.:)
To be honest, I'm not expecting Marat to come to Shanghai, since he's having so many problems with his injury. And I doubt if Costa will show up, too. Rainer Schuettler was 2001 champion of Shanghai Open, but he's not invited this time :eek: So I won't be surprised if the tournament in my town turns out to be like a challenger one. :eek: :eek:
Marat and Hewitt have their name in the news from the beginning. It seemed like they won't come. :sad: :sad: :sad: I think they will be playing Shanghai.

The tournament Managing Director is now trying to negotiate to get Agassi to play in the tournament. However he is reportedly asking US$400,000 (around 16 million baht) to appear. I'm surprising why we have to pay that much. :confused: :confused: :confused:
 

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danker said:
kiro, you don't have to be invited to enter an ATP event. ;)

Schuttler is expected to play at the Japan Open, so it's likely he'll be in Asia the week before (Bangkok or Shanghai)...
I know that, but for small tournaments, usually the organizer will pay top players to show up. And that means, generally top players won't consider playing a small tournament unless he's invited. :eek:
I really hope Rainer can come to Shanghai this year, but he's now one of the top guys. Now it's all up to his choice. :eek:
 

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Marat and Hewitt have their name in the news from the beginning. It seemed like they won't come. :sad: :sad: :sad: I think they will be playing Shanghai.

The tournament Managing Director is now trying to negotiate to get Agassi to play in the tournament. However he is reportedly asking US$400,000 (around 16 million baht) to appear. I'm surprising why we have to pay that much. :confused: :confused: :confused:

I can tell you that in 2001, the organizer of Shanghai Open paid Agassi US$650,000 just for appearance. He came here, got his money, then lost his first rd match 0-2 and went home. :eek:
 

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When was the Beijing tournament originally scheduled for before being cancelled? Not the same week asd Bangkok, Shanghai, and Palermo, right? That'd be ridiculous.
I remembered that at first, Bankok, Shanghai & Beijing were scheduled on the same week while Palermo wasn't. Then they adjusted the calendar, Beijing was scheduled from Sep. 8th. And then they cancelled it. :(
 

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Xin: didn't you see Carlos playing last yr in HKG ??

Carlos did goto LA once but he was dead tired after taking 3 flights to get there :eek:

great field :)
No, I was in L.A. last year and still am. And the years before, I was in Hong Kong and Carlos didn't go. :( Pity me :sad:

oh really, did he? How did it happened? :rolleyes: taking 3 flights :eek:
 

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kiro said:
I can tell you that in 2001, the organizer of Shanghai Open paid Agassi US$650,000 just for appearance. He came here, got his money, then lost his first rd match 0-2 and went home. :eek:
oh god, lolllllolooooool
 

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jirobkk said:
Thanks for sharing the news. :hearts:
But I think Tashkent, Uzbekistan is replaced by Thailand Open.

Do you you why they cancelled Salem Open ??? :confused: :confused:
Yes, that's right. Salem is not replaced by Thailand. It's just that Thailand is held in the same week as Salem used to. So :sad: Salem, a cigarette brand, is the sponsor of the tournament. That's why they call it Salem Open. Correct me if I'm wrong.
 
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