Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Big Name For Heineken Open 2002


MEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 24 October 2001

Big Name For Heineken Open 2002

Russian star Marat Safin who ended the 2000 champions race at number two in the world and was the winner of last years US Open title has been confirmed as an entrant for the Heineken Open 2002 scheduled for 7-12 January.

Tournament Director Graham Pearce said, "One of the world’s most exciting tennis players is coming to Auckland to take part in the 2002 Heineken Open and play in the Vodafone singles".

Safin, aged 21 is currently in 11th place in the year-end player race and this week on the entry ranking list is seventh, one behind fellow Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov.

After overcoming injury problems earlier this year the Moscow native proceeded to put in some good performances in the big events. Safin made the quarterfinals of Wimbledon before being beaten by Goran Ivanisevic. At Indianapolis he reached the semifinals going down to Pat Rafter He then progressed to the semifinals of the US Open losing to Pete Sampras.

The following week he won at Tashkent and just recently made the semifinals of Lyon.

2000 was a marquee year for Safin as he won seven titles, including the US Open, and two Masters Series events - Toronto and Paris for a total of nine career titles. He also topped the list of aces in 2000 with 921 and is known as one of the hardest groundstoke hitters.

Safin challenged for the world number one at the Tennis Masters Cup in Lisbon in November 2000 after good results indoors in Europe and is tipped to be a future world number one.

Former world number one, Mats Wilander of Sweden, currently coaches him and is expected to travel with him to Auckland.

It will be Safin’s second time to Auckland. In 1999 as an 18-year-old he played in the Heineken Open winning his first round over Gianlucca Pozzi of Italy before being beaten by Kiwi star Brett Steven in the second round.

The Heineken Open featuring the Vodafone singles and doubles will be held at the ASB BANK Tennis Centre in Auckland from January 7-12, 2002.


For more information please contact:

Graham Pearce or Dave Worsley, Media Manager
Heineken Open Tournament Director 021 679 096
3733 623 or mobile 021 675 005

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Salt River Songs by Sam Hunt

Colin Hogg, a longtime comrade of Sam, writes in his Introduction that, ‘There is a lot of death in this collection of new poems by my friend Sam Hunt. It’s easier to count the poems here that don’t deal with the great destroyer than it is to point to the ones that do.’ More>>

Electronica: Restoring The World’s First Recorded Computer Music

University of Canterbury Distinguished Professor Jack Copeland and UC alumni and composer Jason Long have restored the earliest known recording of computer-generated music, created more than 65 years ago using programming techniques devised by Alan Turing. More>>

ALSO:

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi: "fa’afetai Tusiata, fa’afetai, / you’ve swerved & served us a masterclass corpus / through graft / of tears & fears..." More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news