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Entry List :

Almagro,
Baghdatis,
Bogdanovic,
Cakl,
Carraz,
Darcis,
Eitzinger,
Elseneer,
Galvani,
Greul,
Kohlscreiber,
Koubek,
M. Lopez,
Mirnegg,
Niemeyer,
Parmar,
Ryderstedt,
Simon,
Summerer,
Tipsarevic,
Vico,
Wessels
 

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Hopefully all these good players are coming here, especially Baghdatis! :D

No Finnish players getting in directly though. :sad:
 

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I hope there will be a WC vs WC in the first round as in Tampere. I don't see another chance for a win. :sad:
 

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JMG said:
I hope there will be a WC vs WC in the first round as in Tampere. I don't see another chance for a win. :sad:
There is always the chance for an upset and some players might be tired after a long season when they come here. :)

Btw, who do you think will get the WC's?
 

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I would give them to T.Ketola, T.Nieminen, Kiiski and Paukku.

Paukku will get one for sure

Kiiski should get one - he is no.3 in Finland this year and was 2nd round last year

T.Ketola should get one if he wanted to play

I fear Timo N. won't get a WC. I'm also not sure about Jarkko, is it sure that he won't play? :confused: Even if not, Timo won't get one I fear.
Lassi Ketola is such a player who gets WC all the time. Last year in Geneva, Tampere and Helsinki + a DC nomination and this year in Tampere - and he hasn't played that good I think. Niklas Bucht is also an option - he tried hard this year and needs some help.

I just hope there won't be a bad surprise like Heliövaara last year. It was absolutely senseless to give him a WC for a Challenger.

So my final prediction is: T.Ketola, L.Kiiski, J.Paukku, N.Bucht ;)
 

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Here are the full lists (main+alt) for Helsinki:

Helsinki
1 Baghdatis, Marcos CYP 85
2 Kohlschreiber, Philipp GER 93
3 Almagro, Nicolas ESP 104
4 Simon, Gilles FRA 107
5 Wessels, Peter NED 111
OUT Greul, Simon GER 130
7 Tipsarevic, Janko SCG 132
8 Koubek, Stefan AUT 136
9 Carraz, Gregory FRA 155
10 Ryderstedt, Michael SWE 164
11 Darcis, Steve BEL 165
12 Niemeyer, Frederic CAN 171
13 Elseneer, Gilles BEL 174
14 Galvani, Stefano ITA 176
15 Parmar, Arvind GBR 185
16 Cakl, Tomas CZE 210
17 Summerer, Tobias GER 213
18 Bogdanovic, Alex GBR 214
19 Eitzinger, Rainer AUT 216
OUT Mirnegg, Marco AUT 221
21 Lopez, Marc ESP 222
22 Vico, Uros ITA 223
23 (SE)
24 (SE)
25 (WC) Paukku, Juho FIN
26 (WC) Schukin, Yuri RUS
27 (WC) Ketola, Tuomas FIN
28 (WC) Golbetzikov, Michael RUS
29 (Q)
30 (Q)
31 (Q)
32 (Q)

Alternates
OUT Guez, David FRA 226
IN Pequery, Jean-Michel FRA 227
OUT Korolev, Evgueni RUS 231
IN Bozoljac, Ilia SCG 232
OUT Bolelli, Simone ITA 234
OUT Suzuki, Takao JPN 235
OUT Wauters, Stefan BEL 247
OUT Mertl, Jan CZE 250
IN Montcourt, Mathieu FRA 254
OUT Delgado, Jamie GBR 259
OUT Dell'Acqua, Massimo ITA 261
OUT van Scheppingen, Dennis NED 263

IN Marray, Jonathan GBR 265
14. Lorenzi, Paolo ITA 266
15. Beck, Andreas GER 270
 

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JMG said:
I would give them to T.Ketola, T.Nieminen, Kiiski and Paukku.

Paukku will get one for sure

Kiiski should get one - he is no.3 in Finland this year and was 2nd round last year

T.Ketola should get one if he wanted to play

I fear Timo N. won't get a WC. I'm also not sure about Jarkko, is it sure that he won't play? :confused: Even if not, Timo won't get one I fear.
Lassi Ketola is such a player who gets WC all the time. Last year in Geneva, Tampere and Helsinki + a DC nomination and this year in Tampere - and he hasn't played that good I think. Niklas Bucht is also an option - he tried hard this year and needs some help.

I just hope there won't be a bad surprise like Heliövaara last year. It was absolutely senseless to give him a WC for a Challenger.

So my final prediction is: T.Ketola, L.Kiiski, J.Paukku, N.Bucht ;)
My little brother's friend, whose coach in tennis is Tapio Nurminen (I guess you, JMG, know), had heard that Jarkko might play Helsinki if he didn't success in Paris. This is of course unofficial information.
 

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Some info on the WCs. Juho Paukku has received the first wildcard! :yeah: But then the bad news, the organizers have promised two WCs to some Russian players who are yet to be named. :( This is sad, because it means that only two Finnish players are going to get directly into the main draw. :eek:
 

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Labamba said:
Some info on the WCs. Juho Paukku has received the first wildcard! :yeah: But then the bad news, the organizers have promised two WCs to some Russian players who are yet to be named. :( This is sad, because it means that only two Finnish players are going to get directly into the main draw. :eek:
Bad news again and again... But at least the chance is getting bigger that a Finnish player can qualify. ;) Maybe this was the reason that Timo went to Australia? I would be surprise if he came back after only two weeks. Somehow he deserved a WC here. :sad:
 

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Bad news again and again... But at least the chance is getting bigger that a Finnish player can qualify. ;) Maybe this was the reason that Timo went to Australia? I would be surprise if he came back after only two weeks. Somehow he deserved a WC here. :sad:
Yes, this was really bad news. :sad: Why in the world do the organizers give 2 WCs to some unknown Russian players, when there are many Finnish players in need of one? I just don't get it, this is not the way to help young Finnish players gain more points/experience from tough tournaments. :banghead: And I'm sure the two Russian players won't attract more crowd than a couple of Finnish players would do!

Btw, is anyone from MTF planning to go to this tournament? I'm quite sure I will go, if anything surprising doesn't come up. :bounce:
 

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I wonder if Jarkko will play? It will be good for the tournament if he does, but as for the 2 Russians well I don't see the Russian tournaments giving WCs to Finnish players.
 

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I wonder if Jarkko will play? It will be good for the tournament if he does, but as for the 2 Russians well I don't see the Russian tournaments giving WCs to Finnish players.
Jarkko has officially announced that Paris was his last tournament this year. He said that he needs to rest properly after a long season, which is totally understandable. However, the organizers of the tournament are doing their best to change his mind...
 

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Labamba said:
Jarkko has officially announced that Paris was his last tournament this year. He said that he needs to rest properly after a long season, which is totally understandable. However, the organizers of the tournament are doing their best to change his mind...
Then again he could always treat it like a training run, but I understand why he wouldn't want to play, but I will be interested in your views.
 

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Then again he could always treat it like a training run, but I understand why he wouldn't want to play, but I will be interested in your views.
I would like to see Jarkko play in Helsinki, but only if he would be 100% motivated to do so. And there are many reasons why he might not be. First off all there is the matter of physical tiredness and the risk of injury. Jarkko has had a few minor injuries this season (e.g. shoulder, stomach) and he probably doesn't want to risk anything at this stage. The second issue is a mental one. IMO Jarkko has been mentally ready for the holidays since Stockholm Open. Losing in first round in St.Petersburg and Paris is an indication of that. Also, he must really be looking forward to spending time with his new wife and family after all that time away. He has barely had a week off playing since he got married in the summer and that must have taken it's toll on Jarkko. Plus, he doesn't need the points from the tournament and he would surely be glad to see another Finn do well in Helsinki with the help of a WC.
 

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I think it wouldn't make a sense for him to play here. He lost early the last 2 years (even against Parmar!!!) and now he's tired so he would lose early again.

It would have made sense to play Tampere earlier this year, but he decided to go to Stuttgart, which was the right decision afterwards.

Lauri Kiiski has 7 points to defend here, so I hope he'll get the wildcard. I wish that T.Ketola plays the qualifying.

Labamba, maybe you can see Jarkko play in Daviscup Finland vs Ireland next year. ;)
 
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