Munich welcomes the who's who of Grand Slam tennis
The inaugural Grand Slam Cup for the FWTT will begin on 16th December 2002. The tournament will feature the best players who's competed in FWTT Grand Slams over the year. No ranking points are awarded with this event, but the match results do count toward the FWTT head-to-head records, and the Grand Slam Cup is now considered as an official career title.
Tournament organisers and the city of Munich is excited to host the event that will have world's best female tennis players.
Seedings for this event is determined by the GS points, NOT the usual rankings. The first two rounds of the Grand Slam Cup are best of three sets. The semi and final are best of five sets. If a match reaches the maximum set, that set has to be won by game advantage. That is, there is no tie break in the 3rd set of best-of-three matches nor the 5th set of best-of-five matches.
Beautiful Munich awaits the world's best
Tournament: Grand Slam Cup (FWTT)
Location: Munich, Germany
Format: 1st round & 2nd round (Best of three sets matches with final set advantage); Semi-finals & Final (Best of five sets matches with final set advantage)
Email: [email protected]
Dates: 16th - 22nd December 2002
Ranking Points: Nil
Tournament gets off to a bad start
23.11.2002: The first Grand Slam Cup will have to go without some big names on the FWTT as injuries, retirements, unfortunate deaths and off-season blues strikes the tournament. World #1 and French Open champion Larisa Ferrer cited exhaustion from the tour when the commitments for the tournament came out. Ferrer is a 3 time grand slam champion who is a very popular figure in Germany.
Exhaustion takes out the French Open champion Ferrer
However, an even more bitter blow was dealt when the German #1, darling of the FWTT Tour and reigning Australian Open champion Selima Valentine retired from tournament tennis. The tournament organizers had hoped that Valentine could’ve made a farewell appearance in her home country but to no avail. It is expected that this may be a blow to ticket sales of the event, but luckily Sabine Graf will play.
Valentine's retirement leaves the tournament cold
When it looked like things could not get worse, Anne Gambill the younger sister of Monica, who qualified for the Cup through her excellent play at the French Open died as a result of a plane crash. The news vibrated around the tennis world and another casualty was taken out from the tournament.
It was known earlier that the talented Belarussian Larissa Liashenko will not play in the off-season due to her injuries and surgery she needs to go through. Monica de la Cal, a veteran player on tour has also been away from the tour on holidays is not expected to back indefinitely. What was not known was that Anjelica de la Courtiere, the French Open semi-finalist and consistent Grand Slam performer also withdrawn from the event and other exhibitions with a need to revamp her game.
Anjelica de la Courtiere has withdrawn to work on her game
With those several blows to the event, the tournament has still survived and will feature Wimbledon/US Open champion Marteena Huubere, two time French Open finalist and former US Open champion Ruflina Taliamonosoko, the reigning Australian Open finalist Tanya Hingis and former Wimbledon champion Sabine Graf. These amongst other fresh new faces and talented grand slam performers of 2002 will keep the audience entertained.