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Brian Stewart
Dec 26th, 2002, 10:56 PM
Info here:
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/tennis/2002-12-26-notebook-capriati_x.htm

treufreund
Dec 26th, 2002, 11:01 PM
Folks, can we say appearance fees? ;)

ASV
Dec 27th, 2002, 12:27 AM
I'd go just for the hotel!

But, Dubai has a lot of money to spend and attract tourists, and this is becoming a really lucritive tournament to win. I wouldn't doubt if they buy Berlin's sponsorship rights in 2 years of something when German Tennis goes bankrupt for good.

joao
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:23 AM
Wow, the top 3 in the world will play dubai!!!!!! That's a very good entry list for them!

Amelie will have a hard time to defend I guess!

TheBoiledEgg
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:25 AM
I highly doubt if any of the top 3 will play

Jen was already on the list which came out 2 weeks ago

ColinB
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:52 AM
Hmmm I am a bit dubious.... When Venus and Serena had entered the same Tier 2 before, one has always pulled out (eg Tokyo 2001)... Plus, without bringing politics into it, if MadMan Bush declares war on MadMan Saddam - then I doubt any of the American players will go anywhere near Dubai, or of the tournament will go on at all.....

ColinB
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:53 AM
does anyone have the full committment lists for Doha and Dubai?

BK4ever
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:56 AM
Lets hope for peace because 3 top players playing a tournament in Dubai can only help further the game of tennis...

Lets also hope that someone talks some sense into madman Bush and his war cronies.

ColinB
Dec 27th, 2002, 01:57 AM
i second that... as it would be amazing for a Tier 2 event to get the top 3 plus Henin and Mauresmo...