Re: Tennis Tipping No. ?| Estoril Open 2009, Estoril, Portugal - You may commit!
Saturday, May 2nd 2009
It was under a luminous blue sky that the Estádio Nacional received the lower echelons of the TT ranks. After commitments closed early for Rome plenty of players booked their flights to Lisbon in a last attempt to get some clay matches under their belts. With this, the Estoril Open has now recorded it's biggest entry list ever, with 10 alternates lining to get a chance to make the qualifying draw.
But the flooding of players this year had no reflexes on national players as only one Portuguese player will grace the qualifying singles draw - No Mercy!!! is the 8th seed and will battle it out tomorrow for a place in the main draw where he'll again be the sole Portuguese presence. Marquee names for Portugal such as HenryMag, Ruisantos and Luís Santos all headed to Rome for the Internazionali d'Italia while Marcelo. remains on the sidelines this week.
As for the stars of this year's edition, France's number 1 NIKKO84 will be top seed 01. He will however, face tough competition from Chinese mega star Peterpan as well as gritty Polish Denijs who is this week's numbr 3 seed. Rounding out the tp 4 seeds in another Chinese, this time shuaiP. Other names to watch are Aleksz, vamos israel and Drake1980.
Please stay tuned for the opening ceremony and for a day full of action tomorrow as the qualifying players try their luck on the windy courts of Jamor.
Singles W: (12) Australian Open (11) 50K Monzon, Toronto F: (12) Montreal (09) 25K Redding, Bali YEC (08) Memphis, Stanford, 100K Krakow SF: (13) Toronto (12) Estoril Open (09) Roland Garros, Stanford (08) Auckland, Rome, Eastbourne, New Haven
Doubles W: (11) Hobart (09) 25K Redding (08) Doha, Istanbul (07) Estoril Open F: (12) Pattaya, Roland Garros, Stanford (11) Guangzhou(08) Memphis, Wimbledon, New Haven (07) Bali SF: (11) Trnava (10) Stuttgart (08) Budapest (07)Birmingham, US Open QF: (12) Australian Open (11) Roland Garros
Last edited by LCS; May 3rd, 2009 at 04:59 PM.