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I read in yesterday's newspapers that the "official" launch of the tournament was today.<br />So hopefylly tennis Aust website will be onto it so we can check out who is playing.In the article, it stated that the field would include OZ Open entrants? Hmm you'd hope so!<br />Last years field was great for a Tier 3- Pierce, dementieva, maleeva,. testud, Sugiyama and an 'up an comer- henin.<br />Wouldn';t be surprized if Justine plays in Sydney and sandinre is the only top 20 player this year.<br />I am sure we will soon find out
 

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monster, what is the url for the tennis Australia website?<br />Thanks.
 

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<a href="http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/" target="_blank">http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/</a>
 

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<a href="http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/" target="_blank">http://www.tennisaustralia.com.au/</a><br />--> From last year I also have:<br /><a href="http://www.canberrainternational.com/" target="_blank">http://www.canberrainternational.com/</a><br />But that is down, not sure if it will be the same.<br />and for Adidas International<br /><a href="http://www.adidasinternational.com/home/default.sps" target="_blank">http://www.adidasinternational.com/home/default.sps</a>
 

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Latest news- sounds like nothing si confirmed but certainbly no big stars. Sydney claines Evie is playing their and Hobart clains Leon Garcia is playing their, so who knows??

From Tennis Australia Website

Facelift for Canberra tourney <br />Monday, 19 November, 2001<br /> <br />CANBERRA - Great value tickets and a closer view of the action were among the highlights announced today at the launch of the new Canberra Women's Classic.<br />The new tournament, which will be a joint initiative between Tennis Australia and Tennis ACT, replaces the inaugural Canberra International which took place from 7-13 January 2001 and proved to be a valuable addition to the summer circuit in the lead up to the Australian Open.

The 2002 tournament, which is part of the Sanex WTA Tour, will build on the successes of this year's event, which proved popular among the public, players and officials. It attracted top player Mary Pierce to the nation's capital as well as launching the career of the then unseeded Belgian, Justine Henin.

"We have a new name, a new logo and a bright new future ahead for this re-launched tournament," said Mike Daws, Tennis Australia's Tennis Services Director. "Tennis is going from strength to strength across Australia and the Canberra Women's Classic ensures we have a quality major tournament for the public in Australia's capital in the lead up to the Australian Open. Last year the tournament launched the career of a then unknown, Justine Henin. Who knows what future stars might be discovered here over the next few years."

Tennis ACT president Colin Mason said the Canberra Women's Classic would offer spectators the chance to see quality tennis at close range. "All seats offer great courtside views with the spectator never more than eight rows back from the action," he said.

"Our partnership with Tennis Australia also means that ticket prices have been reduced to make them easily accessible to everyone, especially families, with prices for adults from as little as $12 up to a maximum of $30 for the final. Special family tickets covering two adults and two children range from $32 in the early rounds to only $80 for the final. The public were treated to a fantastic tournament in 2001 and we can promise them even more of the same in 2002."

The Tier V event is offering total prizemoney of US$110,000 (around A$ 220,000) and will be played on Rebound Ace. Qualifying takes place from 4-6 January 2002 with the finals of both the singles and doubles taking place on Saturday 12 January.

Those who have already expressed their interest in taking part in 2002 include 2001 US Open quarterfinalist Daja Bedanova (CZE), Patty Schnyder (SUI), Anne Kremer (LUX), Francesca Schiavone (ITA), and Russia's Tatiana Panova. Other previous WTA Tour winners expected include Barbara Rittner (GER), Iva Majoli (CRO) and Gala Leon Garcia (ESP).

Top Australians wanting to take part include Fed Cup teammates Evie Dominikovic and Rachel McQuillan, and hoping for a wildcard entry is Canberra's own Annabel Ellwood.
 

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Rachel playing Canberra not my hometown, Sydney <img src="graemlins/sad.gif" border="0" alt="[Sad]" /> I wish I meet her at here <img src="frown.gif" border="0">
 

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Iva might play here??? Well she better win it then, now that its a low Tier tourn! <img src="wink.gif" border="0">

I thought she might play Sydney, now that her rank might be high enough to get in...oh well, if she plays Canberra I hope she does better than this year when she lost first round quallies to Arn. Hopefully she can grab a seeding!

I dont know what tourney that director was watching this year...but everytime I watched it this year on TV, the stands were empty...I dont know, maybe the final had a big crowd, I didnt watch it.<br />But the semi's had many empty stands. I had a feeling that they might've cancelled it, but its good to see it survive.<br />It's a nice looking venue BTW.
 

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Hmm... Patty may play here? I might have to drive up for a couple of days and watch the first rounds! <img src="smile.gif" border="0"> Anyone know how much single tix are???
 

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lol It's ok... I just read the article again and saw that tix start from 12 bucks! sheesh! not bad!!! If Patty is playing I'll certainly go to the first couple of days!!!
 
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