Auckland, NZ - 2006 ASB Classic
Makiri's first tournament of 2006 is the Auckland, New Zealand - ASB Classic, a Tier IV played outdoors on hardcourt. Those entering the qualifing segment have been named, that draw to be played 31 December-1 January. The main draw competition starts, on 2 January but as I write this the the main draw has not yet been made public. There is also doubles draw of 16 teams, but no indication yet as to whether Makiri is playing doubles and with whom. Given past history, we can assume Makiri will be in the doubles draw as well.
Checked the Palm for the time difference between Auckland and Moscow and it is 10 hours! Checked on the globe and counted 9 time zones, and with Auckland currently on Daylight Savings Time, that makes 10 hours. As Makiri was just recently in Florida, that is yet 8 more time zones west of Moscow. With so much travel and time zone change, Makiri will certainly get to Auckland days ahead of time to adjust. With it being summer in New Zealand and Auckland being on a bay off the Pacific Ocean... seems to beat out Moscow weather in late December. Petrova arrived there on 21 December to adjust and get in some "sight-seeing", would not be surprised if Makiri will do similarly.
Last edited by KirilenkoRulz; Dec 28th, 2005 at 04:18 PM.