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Venus to play in exhibition tournament

Ferrero, Federer and Venus for post-SARS Hong Kong exhibition

Hong Kong, Oct 14: Top-ranked Spaniard Juan Carlos Ferrero, Wimbledon champions Roger Federer of Switzerland and American Venus Williams will headline a post-SARS exhibition tennis tournament next January, organizers said today.

The eight-person field - four men and four women - will also include rising Russian star Maria Sharapova, said tournament spokeswoman Semeul Shing, while the remaining players will be announced later.

Shing said organizers changed the format of the traditionally women's event to raise its profile - part of a $1 billion Hong Kong dollar (US$128 million) effort to revitalize the territory that was hard hit by the SARS outbreak between March and June.

The Hong Kong government will cover the tournament's losses up to HK$3.5 million (US$448,718)

The men and women will play in separate knockoff singles competitions, and all players will take part in a mixed doubles contest, Shing said.

The tournament will take place from Jan 8 to 10, ahead of the Australian Open, the first grand slam tournament of 2004.
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How great is this!
I'd love to see a Venus/Maria match!

Go Venus!
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How great is this!
I'd love to see a Venus/Maria match!


Go Venus!
The tournament is in 2004.
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This isn't before Philly. Its the exhibition right before the AO.

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The tournament is in 2004.
I know, I'm just saying that I'd like
to see that match-up.
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The mixed doubles could be really interesting.

Go: Kim, Sveta, Amelie, Justine, Daniella, Patty & all the brit girls.
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Yea Venus!
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I so wish I had coverage of this.


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I know, I'm just saying that I'd like
to see that match-up.
You got so excited I thought you overlook that piece. Keep up the excitement. I would love to see it myself.
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Great news! The mixed doubles sounds fun!

Usually Jen and Elena D play here, it'd be interesting to see if they play again. I hope so!
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monica is defending champion-- with wins over peng, maria, and chanda. maggie, myskina, and stevenson played too.

monica played dubs with stevenson
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