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spooky
Oct 16th, 2003, 06:58 PM
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.

Paneru
Oct 16th, 2003, 07:13 PM
How great is this!
I'd love to see a Venus/Maria match!

Go Venus! :bounce:

spooky
Oct 16th, 2003, 07:15 PM
How great is this!
I'd love to see a Venus/Maria match!


Go Venus! :bounce:

The tournament is in 2004.

vs1
Oct 16th, 2003, 07:15 PM
This isn't before Philly. Its the exhibition right before the AO.

Paneru
Oct 16th, 2003, 07:17 PM
The tournament is in 2004.

I know, I'm just saying that I'd like
to see that match-up. :)

Darran
Oct 16th, 2003, 07:22 PM
The mixed doubles could be really interesting. :D

tennisIlove09
Oct 16th, 2003, 07:24 PM
Yea Venus! :worship:

Chance
Oct 16th, 2003, 07:25 PM
I so wish I had coverage of this.

bandabou
Oct 16th, 2003, 07:28 PM
Cool, cool....

spooky
Oct 16th, 2003, 07:38 PM
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.

Daniel
Oct 16th, 2003, 08:38 PM
Roger and JCF :drool: :lick:
:bounce: :bounce:

LucasArg
Oct 16th, 2003, 08:46 PM
Venus! :bounce:

Mr. Man
Oct 16th, 2003, 08:49 PM
http://www.gamers-forums.com/smilies/otn/blobs/bounce.gif Venus.

DEETHELICK
Oct 16th, 2003, 09:27 PM
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! :)

faboozadoo15
Oct 16th, 2003, 09:34 PM
monica is defending champion-- with wins over peng, maria, and chanda. maggie, myskina, and stevenson played too.

monica played dubs with stevenson :eek:

venusgold
Oct 16th, 2003, 09:35 PM
:bounce: Venus and Roger!! :kiss:

SJW
Oct 16th, 2003, 09:36 PM
Venus and Maria :bounce:

Juan Carlos and Roger :hearts:

pierce0415
Oct 16th, 2003, 10:36 PM
LOL at hong kong government covering up tournament losses but this is shaping up to be a great tournament!

I think they should get Amelie, Dinara, Andy and Marat to take the remaining spots although these high-profile players will probably cost extra in appearance money and cost the Hong Kong gov even more

just imagine the draws

Men
(1)JCF vs. (4) Marat, (2) Andy vs. (3) Roger

Women
(1) Venus vs. (4)Dinara, (2) Amelie vs. (3) Maria

Mixed

(1) Venus / Andy vs. (4) Marat / Dinara
(2) Amelie / Roger vs. (3) JCF / Maria

pierce0415
Oct 17th, 2003, 12:20 AM
I would certainly pay to see this exbition

GermanBoy
Oct 17th, 2003, 12:45 AM
Ferrero, Federer and Venus for post-SARS Hong Kong exhibition



SARS? :eek: That is the short version of? :confused: