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Patrik77 wrote:Yeah it´s an amazing line up in Båstad! In the 90´s they had som many problems with all the players going to Gstaad and now it´s the opposite, and still Båstad has the lower prize money of the two. The tournament is so well organized and the site is so beautiful, really looking forward to it!
The finals for the last 2 years were great too bad Gaudio pissed on the organisers, but such is life.
Patrik77 wrote: Båstad is doing pretty well without him, he wasn´t the nicest of guys when he was there, pretty nonchalant. A pity Moya isn´t coming back to Båstad though
GWH wrote:I remember the good days when the Swedes could play on clay, then fat Horst Skoff and Gusten, but when Cheech Marin won that was a dark day.
buddyholly wrote: Hitler, you Bastad.
Well the sun was shining in San Jose! And don't forget he made the final in '97. So, you could say that Marin owned Bastad in the late 90's.
In a recent turn of events, James Blake, who previously agreed to play in Newport, has decided to refine his summer schedule and has chosen not to play in the tournament.
"It is unfortunate that James will not be here in July," said Mark L. Stenning, CEO of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Tournament Director of the Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships. "However, we are building a strong player field for the tournament and will be adding more world-class players in the coming weeks."
Philippoussis and Querrey get Newport wildcards
The International Tennis Hall of Fame announced today that Mark Philippoussis has been granted a wild card entry into the 2006 Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships singles tournament. The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships is scheduled for July 10-16, and is the only ATP event in North America played on grass.
Mark Philippoussis has captured 10 career singles titles since turning pro in 1994. In 2003 he finished the year as the No. 9 ranked player in the world. He was the runner-up at the 1998 US Open (to Patrick Rafter) and at Wimbledon in 2003 (to Roger Federer) and has also been a Wimbledon quarterfinalist three times (1998, 1999, 2000).
Rebounding from injury, Philippoussis is moving back up the 2006 ATP INDESIT Rankings, currently at the No. 210 spot after reaching the third round at Queen’s, the tune-up to Wimbledon. At Wimbledon, Philippoussis received a wild card and reached the second round, bowing to Max Mirnyi 76(6) 64 67(5) 63.
The right-handed Philippoussis is known for his serve and volley prowess and his success on grass. He has been active member of the Australian Davis Cup team, competing in 12 ties with a 13-9 career singles record. He was also a member of the winning Australian Davis Cup teams in 1999 and 2003.
This will mark Philippoussis’ second appearance in Newport, having played in the Hall of Fame Tennis Championships in 1995.
Also receiving a wild card entry into the singles draw is young American Sam Querrey. The 18-year-old, who turned pro this year, has been playing the ATP Challenger circuit this year, reaching the quarterfinal in Dallas and winning the Challenger in Yuba City. Querrey was also a practice partner for the U.S. Davis Cup team in the 2005 World Group Playoff against Belgium.
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