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New_balls_please
May 9th, 2008, 10:14 AM
A reliable spanish newspaper has just announced that Marta Marrero, Lourdes Dominguez Lino an Eva Fernandez are trapped in a Hotel at Beirut, capital of Lebanon, where they were playing the 50K ITF this week.
Eva's boy friend told the press they can't leave the hotel due to armed clashes which erupted in the capital lately.

:eek:

ElusiveChanteuse
May 9th, 2008, 10:23 AM
:eek: Hopefully they're fine.:unsure:

New_balls_please
May 9th, 2008, 10:27 AM
I guess the same situation is happening to the rest of the players who were playing in Beirut...
Tournament should be cancelled... :o

:sad:

vettipooh
May 9th, 2008, 10:33 AM
Hope they are ok. That's scary. :sad:

Meteor Shower
May 9th, 2008, 10:35 AM
Actions of the Hizbollah, 11 people killed at the battles.
It is a war, the turnament will be cancelled.

frenchie
May 9th, 2008, 10:37 AM
What an idea to play a tournament in such a country those days:rolleyes:

What about an Afghanistan Open sponsored by the Taliban next year?:tape:

New_balls_please
May 9th, 2008, 10:38 AM
What an idea to play a tournament in such a country those days:rolleyes:

What about an Afghanistan Open sponsored by the Taliban next year?:tape:

ditto

Jess3781
May 9th, 2008, 10:39 AM
:sad:

Sonf@
May 9th, 2008, 10:39 AM
translation of the article:
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Three spanish tennis players are being retained in Beirut

Marta Marrero, Lourdes Domínguez and Eva Fernández and also their coach are being retained on their hotel in beirut because of the current conflict on the Lebanon, where the fightings between the government supporters and the Hezbolá armies caused at least ten deaths.

According to Xavi Rubio, Eva Fernández's boyfriend, the three players were in Lebanon playing an ITF tournament when they found trapped by the conflict.

"They are being kept in the hotel, waiting to leave. They can't leave the hotel or go to the airport, there are snipers on the streets" said Rubio. The hotel is half an hour away from the Beirut airport, but "they can't even catch a car", he concluded.
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i assume it's not only the spanish players but all of the players in the tournament...

Golovinjured.
May 9th, 2008, 10:40 AM
:unsure: Places like this should be punished, they misbehave and are then rewarded with quality sports events.

Sport is a big influence on these sorts of countries, and the power that sport holds should be used for good. These countries should be punished by not being allowed to be a part of these sports events, and watch the rest of the civilized world enjoy it.

Meteor Shower
May 9th, 2008, 10:42 AM
ditto

its not like this things happen every day at Lebanon, you know.
My hopes and thought that all the players will be ok. They won't be anywhere near those fights so they should be fine.. but I bet this will be a trip they won't forget :sad:

Jess3781
May 9th, 2008, 10:43 AM
could you tell which news paper has the news??? thanks :)

Sonf@
May 9th, 2008, 10:45 AM
the paper is www.marca.es (http://www.marca.es)

there's another article:

http://www.marca.com/edicion/marca/tenis/es/desarrollo/1121343.html

which i'll translate in some minutes ;)

Jess3781
May 9th, 2008, 10:47 AM
Thank you very much :):):):)

lee station
May 9th, 2008, 10:50 AM
que mal :(

hingisch
May 9th, 2008, 10:55 AM
tournament not cancelled...
Veronika KAPSHAY (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/players/player.asp?player=100002697) (UKR) just defeated Stefanie VOEGELE (http://www.itftennis.com/womens/tournaments/players/player.asp?player=100048115) (SUI) 6-1 7-5

*Jool*
May 9th, 2008, 10:57 AM
oh that blows :o
hope they can soon leave this place

Sonf@
May 9th, 2008, 10:59 AM
MARRERO, DOMÍNGUEZ AND FERNÁNDEZ ARE PLAYING AN ITF TOURNAMENT ON THE LEBANESE CAPITAL
Three spanish tennis players are being retained in Lebanon

DAVID MENAYO / Madrid Marta Marrero, Lourdes Domínguez and Eva Fernández Brugues, as well as their coach, Karim Perona are retained in Beirut. Even though the situation there is chaotic, the tennis players are in perfect shape, sheltered in the hotel and the tennis club where they are playing the ITF tournament.

Marta Marrero and Lourdes Domínguez got into the quarterfinals of the Jounieh challenger (Beirut), and they are playing croatian Maria Abramovic and russian Nina Bratchikova on Friday. The tennis players’s situation is not really the best. According to them, who have noticed us from the hotel they’re staying in, the Madison hotel, fifteen kilometres away from the city centre, the tennis players only leave the hotel to play and practice, but they do that on a normal basis.

The problem starts when it’s known that the airport of Beirut is closed because of the politic problems going on there, where ten people have died these last hours on the fighting between the government’s supporters and the armies of Hezbolá. Outside of the sport complex you can see snipers on the roofs, which causes uneasiness to the players, whose main doubt now is to know how they’ll be able to leave the country.

From the Spanish embassy in Beirut we’re informed that they’re working on the issue and that both the RFET (Spanish Tennis Federation) and the Ministry of Foreign Issues (or however that’s called :p) know about the situation and are making regular contact with the players. There are two options: They could wait ‘till the situation settles down or they could travel to Siria by car and catch a plane to Spain there…

StephenUK
May 9th, 2008, 11:41 AM
It's not just them because Anne Keothavong amongst others is still in the event. Good luck - maybe they should get some sort of bravery medal at the next ITF awards!!

Nederlander RUS
May 9th, 2008, 12:15 PM
damn it! hope everything will be ok

Hachiko
May 9th, 2008, 12:17 PM
Scary.

C.MARTINEZ
May 9th, 2008, 12:19 PM
:sad::sad:

daniela86
May 9th, 2008, 12:22 PM
That's horrible :eek: :scared: Hope they are fine :hug:

Hachiko
May 9th, 2008, 12:24 PM
I'm surprised there hasn't been more cases like this over the years.

FORZA SARITA
May 9th, 2008, 12:25 PM
A reliable spanish newspaper has just announced that Marta Marrero, Lourdes Dominguez Lino an Eva Fernandez are trapped in a Hotel at Beirut, capital of Lebanon, where they were playing the 50K ITF this week.
Eva's boy friend told the press they can't leave the hotel due to armed clashes which erupted in the capital lately.

:eek:

and Dentoni can't take a flight to Italy:help:

mal
May 9th, 2008, 12:41 PM
It looks as though their options are limited. Money isn't going to be any use to them if they die. They'll either have to bring in reinforcements or wait it out.

itzhak
May 9th, 2008, 12:57 PM
The situation in Beirut right now is very very danger...

Demska
May 9th, 2008, 01:00 PM
Maybe LDL can use her head to bash through the walls.

mal
May 9th, 2008, 01:11 PM
The situation in Beirut right now is very very danger...

Yes, remember it wasn't that long ago Israel sent in a heavy airforce presence and scattered anti personnel cluster bombs all over their place.

I think it shows you how out of touch some tennis players are if they believe a game of tennis can suddenly bring world peace. Safer to stay right away.

Slumpsova
May 9th, 2008, 02:48 PM
OMG :scared:

Slumpsova
May 9th, 2008, 02:49 PM
Maybe LDL can use her head to bash through the walls.
:tape:

Bennguin1491
May 9th, 2008, 03:24 PM
yeah i know maria abramovic is trapped there as well. :sad: how scary!

Shoulderpova
May 9th, 2008, 03:37 PM
OMG poor them :sad:
That's scary. Hopefully it won't affect their tennis and they're all ok :sad:

justine schnyder
May 9th, 2008, 03:51 PM
Wow :sad:
I hope thry're fine..

vesanto
May 9th, 2008, 04:18 PM
Neuza Silva had a flight today in the morning but she was also unable to leave the country. She is still in the hotel with the rest of the players. It is unclear when will they be able to leave the country.

When have this started? Probably it was a very tense atmosphere since the beginning of the tournament, so I believe that could also affect their performance.

Equus
May 9th, 2008, 06:44 PM
Maybe LDL can use her head to bash through the walls.


Maybe you can use your brain to post something logical.

The Guilty
May 9th, 2008, 07:26 PM
News from Beirut, by Neuza Silva: http://www.fptenis.pt/homenoticias.asp?article_id=4299

She says that "The place where we are is calm and there is no war. It's nothing like the confusion in the centre of Beirut. We're more or less calm. Our worry is to get out of here safe". She also said she has spent the day between the hotel and the club where the tournament is held.

Slutiana
May 9th, 2008, 08:35 PM
Oh that's good, then. Imagine walking out of the complex and seeing snipers on the roofs? :scared:

vadin124
May 9th, 2008, 08:41 PM
isn't Anne playing there? :eek: :sad:

A Magicman
May 9th, 2008, 11:07 PM
Isn't the tournament held in Jounieh? That's a city with a Christian minority like 20 km north of Beirut.

And for LDL being held kinda hostage in her hotel, she quite comfortably reached the semis today.

hellas719
May 10th, 2008, 03:22 AM
Uggh! No wonder Anna Gerasimou(Greece) withdrew from the 25k in Poland. This sucks! Next year, if this event is held, no one is going to go.

Daniela-Is-Mine
May 10th, 2008, 03:28 AM
:unsure: Places like this should be punished, they misbehave and are then rewarded with quality sports events.

Sport is a big influence on these sorts of countries, and the power that sport holds should be used for good. These countries should be punished by not being allowed to be a part of these sports events, and watch the rest of the civilized world enjoy it.

Places like this are you kidding...Lebanon is not the typical Middle Eastern country. It is only Hesbollah, not the country. Plz if your going to make comments like this at least make them accurate.

SOA_MC
May 10th, 2008, 04:04 AM
Maybe you can use your brain to post something logical.

Unlikely to happen

Cp6uja
May 10th, 2008, 08:09 AM
This is last rounds which is played:

singles QF round:
(1)Lourdes Dominguez Lino (ESP) def. Nina Bratchikova (RUS)
Veronika Kapshay (UKR) def. Stefanie Voegele (SUI)
Marta Marrero (ESP) def. Maria Abramovic (CRO)
(2)Anne Keothavong (GBR) def. (wc)Kristina Kucova (SVK)


doubles SF round:
K.Kucova/Voegele (SVK/SUI) def. (1)Dominguez Lino/Marrero (ESP)
(2)Bratchikova/Kapshay (RUS/UKR) def. Sanchez/Sfar (FRA/TUN)


Atleast 10 WTA girls is still in Beirut.

Dave.
May 10th, 2008, 08:21 AM
:eek: I hope all the players at this tournament are alright.

I hope the tennis club is part of the hotel or something because it sounds dangerous to be leaving the hotel with snipers on the roof.

Harvs
May 10th, 2008, 08:41 AM
why the hell would u play in lebanon in the first place...

StephenUK
May 10th, 2008, 10:45 AM
...;13113652']why the hell would u play in lebanon in the first place...

Why not?

1. Guaranteed sun and good weather. Beirut is supposed to have lovely beaches.

2. Amazing food, culture (Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, Byzantines, Arabs, Crusader castles) and Beirut is supposed to have brilliant nightlife as you'd expect from the only Arab country to be half Christian.

3. Tournament is slightly off the beaten track so that means it has a weaker entry than the concurrent European clay events. Great chance to win points for a clay duffer like Anne Keothavong.

I would love to go to Lebanon at some point, or correction, wish I had a few years ago when it seemed to have settled down.

Sonf@
May 10th, 2008, 11:02 AM
marta marrero spoke through the phone with a journalist from the most important spanish sports diary:

http://www.marca.com/edicion/marca/tenis/es/desarrollo/1121536.html

she basically says that she will leave the lebanon as soon as she can even if she doesn't play the semis

CooCooCachoo
May 10th, 2008, 11:36 AM
:eek: Scary :scared:

lympyisthebest
May 10th, 2008, 11:55 AM
:unsure: Places like this should be punished, they misbehave and are then rewarded with quality sports events.

Sport is a big influence on these sorts of countries, and the power that sport holds should be used for good. These countries should be punished by not being allowed to be a part of these sports events, and watch the rest of the civilized world enjoy it.

Why punish the country? It's Hezbollah that's causing the problems.

paul_masterton
May 10th, 2008, 12:03 PM
this has happened before. A few years ago a few British juniors had to be airlifted by the secret service out of ecuador when there was an attempt at a military coup.

and last year something happened in uzbekistan and a bunch of male players got caught up in gunfire etc.. (noone got hurt thankfully)

spiceboy
May 10th, 2008, 03:00 PM
I don't know about the other players but Spanish Embassy will drive the 3 players and his coach to Damascus (capital of Syria, around 3-4 hours away) tommorrow. They don't know if Lourdes will be able to play the final.

Wiggly
May 10th, 2008, 03:12 PM
Lourdes will not risk her life for 10 pts.

paul_masterton
May 10th, 2008, 03:13 PM
Hope Anne can get home okay. Be a shame if Lourdes can't compete

njnetswill
May 10th, 2008, 04:40 PM
Who would have thought that Western players would go to Syria for refuge. :spit: