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St Petersburg wants to stage the season-ending Tennis Masters Cup in 2003 as part of the city's 300th anniversary celebrations.

"After successfully staging the St Petersburg Open for the last seven years we want to host the Masters Cup," Mikhail Rydnik, tournament director of the St Petersburg Open, said on <br />Monday.

"We have been gradually progressing year by year and it's a good time to undertake this ambitious project. Besides, in 2003 our city will celebrate its 300th anniversary and we want to <br />give a nice present to the people of St Petersburg.

"The deadline for submitting applications is December 15 and right now we're in the final stages of submitting our bid to the ATP office in London."

<font color="yellow"><br />Look at how many great tennis players coming out from Russia in today's tennis world!!! It will be great to see such a big tennis event to be hold in Russia, to encourge more and more talented Russian players in tennis - to make the tennis circuit more exciting!!! Hope the bid will be successful!! If that's really be the case, I hope Yevgeny will be qualified for the event in 2003, coz' he plays his best tennis in his home country!! (Of coz' depends on whether Yevgeny will already be retired at that time or not??? Hope not!!) GO! Zhenya!! </font><br /> <br /> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0"> <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">

[ December 11, 2001: Message edited by: JCAPfan ]</p>
 

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Any idea what other cities are thinking of putting up bids?

I have a feeling that if Russia actually gets the event that Kafelnikov might actually stick around so he has a shot to play in it. I have a feeling that as long as he is playing, he'll hover between the 5-7th ranking place like hs has the last few years. Unless he wins another slam, or gets injured of course.

Anyhow... Thats only in two years from now, at which point he'll be 29?

Russia will likely have at least two men in the top 10 at that point, as I expect both Kafel and Marat will keep high rankings. Its hard to guess whats going to happen in a year, but unless they get injured on talent alone, they should stick around with rankings up that high (take for example Marat having a terrible year by his standards and finishing 11th).

So I hope Russia gets it too <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Marat and Zhenya will still be around by 2003

unless we win Davis Cup next yr , then Zhenya says he will retire.

the stadium holds 25000 and its gonna be really cool to have it there.

Hopefully we can get it , plus 2003 is St Petersburg's 300th anniversary
 

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By that time we'll have Youzhnyi in Top 10 too.. <img src="smile.gif" border="0">
 

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Are you serious, Eggy? Yevgeny has so much more great years to play!!1 Give me your talent, Yevgeny and I'll play! <img src="biggrin.gif" border="0">
 

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I really hope that St Petersburg gets the bid. This will really motivate both Marat and Yevgeny and Youzhny as well to finish well in the year 2003!

Talking about Davis Cup, Eggy or ys, is red clay the national playing surface of Russia ? It has been announced that Russia is hosting Switzerland in Moscow next year on indoor red clay.
 

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It is not national surface. But they probably reckon that it is the worst surface for 4 out of 6 possible players ( Federer, Kratchvil, Rosset, Kafelnikov ). Youzhnyi is fine on clay and Safin is great on clay. Meaning that Russia almost certainly has two points in singles. But if something happens to Safin again, Russia is in trouble. Kafelnikov is not a major force on clay, unless it is French Open. I remember in their last DC match on clay in April he lost to somebody named Ferrero something like 2,2,2. And then to Costa, something like 0,3,0.
 
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besides the obvious, my partiality to europe, im for the tournament in russia. it will be good for tennis, and it would really further solidify russia as a "tennis power" if you will. plus, all kinds of photographers go to the russian tournaments and send me cool pictures!
 

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ys, that is why I find it a bit strange for them to choose red clay taking into consideration Yevgeny's clay form. But usually Yevgeny and Safin are the 1 & 2 players. But I thought Yevgeny is like the anchor of the team, playing on a surface that seemed to be his weakest, does not look that positive to me.
 
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