Good news for Kuala Lumpur! Sept 26 ATP World Tour 250 is on.

27 06 2009

woo hoo! i’m really pleased for my home city…

but why hold the event at Putra indoor stadium which is not purpose built for tennis when we already have the National Tennis Centre at Jalan Duta? isn’t it like holding Wimbledon at Royal Albert Hall? Upgrading the National Tennis Centre to ATP standards would be a more visionary option since we are hosting the ATP World Tour for 5 YEARS, and the upgrade can be permanently enjoyed by Malaysians for years…

Info from http://www.atpworldtour.com
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The 2009 ATP World Tour promises to be an exciting season of men’s tennis. Changes have been introduced to create a healthier schedule for players and to make the sport easier to follow for fans. A number of improvements have been implemented and here’s a look at some of them:

New Structure: New tiers of tournaments have been created — ATP World Tour Masters 1000, ATP World Tour 500 and ATP World Tour 250 — leading to the season-ending Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London where the ATP World Tour Champion will be officially crowned. The number represents the points awarded to the winner in each respective tournament.

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The full news from bernama & various links below :

June 26th,  2009

KL To Host ATP World Tour M’sian Open

KUALA LUMPUR, 26 June (Bernama) — Malaysia has achieved a milestone in tennis when Kuala Lumpur won the right to host the prestigious ATP World Tour 250 for a period of five years from this year until 2013.

After a highly competitive bidding process against three other cities in Asia, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak Friday officially announced that the inaugural Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur would be held at the 16,000-capacity indoor Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from Sept 26 till Oct 4.

“I am very pleased that Malaysia will be hosting the ATP World Tour 250 tournament which is an international event on par with the annual Malaysian Formula 1 Grand Prix,” he said at the launching of the tournament, here today.

Najib said the staging of the event could help to promote Malaysia as a tourism destination internationally and promote the sport and healthy lifestyle among Malaysians.

He hoped the tournament would inspire Malaysians and that one day Malaysia would produce a talented player who could win the men’s singles titles at this ATP World Tour event.

The ATP World Tour Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur, to be organised by IMG, a world leader in sports and lifestyle marketing, will carry a total prize money of USD947,750 (RM3,345,557).

Tournament director Nick Freyer, who is also IMG Senior Vice-President and Head of Tennis for Asia, confirmed the participation of seven prominent men’s singles tennis players to play at the Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur.

The seven men’s singles are world no. 8 Fernando Verdasco (Spain), Beijing Olympic silver medalist and world no. 10 Fernando Gonzales (Chile), world no. 11 Nikolay Davydenko (Russia), world no. 12 Robin Soderling (Sweden), world no. 14 Gael Monflis (France), world no. 21 David Ferrer (Spain), and Japanese teenage sensation Kei Nishikori.

Kuala Lumpur is the 64th tournament in the ATP calendar this year and the fifth city in Asia after Tokyo, Bangkok, Beijing and Shanghai, to host the world renowned tennis tournament.

Under the event’s format, the main draw will be from Sept 28 until Oct 4, with 28 players clashing out in the men’s singles and 16 pairs in the men’s doubles.

Meanwhile, in the men’s singles qualifying round on Sept 26 and 27, four slots will be allocated for top Malaysian players out of 32 players.

Also present at the launching was the Prime Minister’s wife, Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is also the patron of the tournament.

— BERNAMA

From Thaindian News

Kuala Lumpur returns to ATP calendar

Kuala Lumpur, June 26 (DPA) Kuala Lumpur has returned to the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) Asian calendar after an absence of over a decade with a field featuring two Top 10 players and French Open finalist Robin Soderling.
The event from Sep 28 also boasts world No.8 and Australian Open semi-finalist Fernando Verdasco, number 10 Fernando Gonzalez of Chile and French crowd-pleaser Gael Monfi

Also playing: Nikolay Davydenko, Spain’s David Ferrer and Japanese number one Kei Nishikori, currently out with an elbow injury.

The Malaysian Open will be held at the 16,000-seat Putra Stadium in the capital. It is the fifth event of the autumn Asian swing and will double-up with the Thailand Open, held the same week.

Events in Tokyo and Beijing and the Shanghai Masters 1,000 follow.

“There is great demand for cities to host ATP events and in particular within the Asian region,” said ATP International head Brad Drewett.

“Asian tennis fans have demonstrated that they are among the best in the world and we are excited that tennis fans across Malaysia now have the opportunity to see some of the world’s best players battling it out in the heart of Kuala Lumpur.”

Marcelo Rios of Chile won the KL tournament in a previous incarnation in 1995.

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