Tennis Tournaments: PBZ Zagreb Indoor, Movistar Open, SAP Open, ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

by on December 29, 2012
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PBZ Zagreb Indoor

PBZ Zagreb Indoor Tennis tournament
PBZ Zagreb Indoor tennis tournament was the first European tournament in tennis history. The tournament is played on hard surface in indoor court. The tournament is placed in 250 series of ATP World Tour. The tournament is held in Croatia and has a prize money of € 398,250. The tournament has finance of roughly € 450,000.
Movistar Open Tennis Tournament
Movistar Open is an ATP World Series tournament featuring men’s tennis. The tournament was included in ATP Internal series in 1998 and 2000. It remained in there for next eight years till 2008. Now it is a part of ATP World Tour 250 series. The tournament is played on outdoor clay court with prize money of $496,000. The tournament draws are at 32M, 32Q, and 16D.
For the first time, the tournament was played in 1993. The tournament faced plenty of problems throughout its time, being delayed in 1999 and relocated in 2001 and again in 2010. The tournament is currently held in Santiago.
Although the tournament used Round Robin but organizers faced plenty of problems with that and reverted to 32 players schema. Many top players started playing in this popular tournament after change in its format.
SAP Open Tennis Tournament
SAP Open is among the oldest men’s tennis tournaments in the US. The tournament is held in San Jose, California, each year. It remained a part of Grand Prix tennis circuit from 1970 to 1989. After this, the tournament was included in ATP World Series and remained part of it until 1997. It was then included in ATP International Series where is remained until 2008. Now it is included in ATP World 250 series.
The tournament is played indoor on hard court. The tournament uses Round Robin draws and has a prize money of $600,000.
SAP Open was first played in 1889 and it was known as Pacific Coast Championship back in those days. The tournament included men and women competition from the beginning. It continued during WWII.
The tournament has plenty of names, usually these were its official names at some point in time. These include Sybase Open, Volvo, Fireman’s Fund, Redwood Bank, and Transamerica Open.
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament is one of the biggest tennis events in Netherlands. The tournament falls in ATP World 500 series. It remained a part of Grand Prix tennis circuit until 1989. This indoor tournament is played on hard court and is also known as WCT.
The tournament started in 1974 with capacity for 46,000 spectators. The number increased later on and now it stands at 100,000. The tournament has a prize money of 310,000 Euro.
The tournament was covered by media giant AVRO when it first started. As of now, the tournament is broadcasted in over 170 countries and receives active coverage in numerous international sports magazines.

Famous male tennis player: Gael Monfils

Gael Monfils, Famous male tennis player: Gael Monfils

A French tennis player and currently the most favorite for French people, famous tennis player Gael Monfils is a professional tennis player who has been entertaining the tennis fans all over the world with his sensational performances. Gael is nicknamed as ‘La Monf’ and sometimes Sliderman due to his extremely sliding techniques on the clay surface. 

Even he failed at winning major Grand Slam titles, the amount of energy and zeal Monfils shows at the court made him famous among the tennis lovers. Monfils born September 1, 1986 is the current top French tennis player and has been ranked 9th on the ATP rankings. He was the semi-finalist in French Open 2009 whereas runner-up in Paris Masters in 2009 and 2010. In year 2008, it was the first time when French tennis player Monfils finished in top 20 tennis players. With personal high 46 matches win in 2010, Monfils was able to finish among the top 15 male tennis players for straight third year.

Gael Monfils is known for his defensive playing tactic and he plays from the far back of the baseline until he forces his opponent to make and error. Monfils is known for his athleticism and is sometimes compared to Rafal Nadal for being all over the clay court. Monfils sometimes surprise his opponents with his aggressive play but his sudden transition from defensive to aggressive often lead him to make errors.

In year 2011, Monfils was left with the wrist injury but made a strong comeback and defeated 7th seeded Spanish tennis player David Ferrer to reach the quarterfinals. Monfils will face the greatest tennis player Roger Federer in quarter-final in French Open 2011.

Famous male tennis player: Lleyton Hewitt

Famous male tennis player: Lleyton Hewitt

Famous male tennis player Lleyton Hewitt is an Australian tennis player who is currently ranked at number 67 in the ATP rankings and has achieved the feat of being number one in world tennis. In 2001, Lleyton Hewitt was the youngest ever player to have achieved the top spot in tennis at 20 years old. He has two singles Grand Slams and one doubles Grand Slams in his kitty. He won the U.S. Open in 2001 and Wimbledon in 2002 and in doubles event, he won 2000 U.S. Open. In 2001 and 2002, he won back to back ATP Masters titles. In 2005, Tennis Magazine ranked him of 34th of 40 greatest tennis players since 1965. In year 2003, Australian tennis player Hewitt was defending the Wimbledon title but eventually lost to Ivo Karlovic in the first round which made him the first defending player in Wimbledon in open era to lose in the first round. In 2004, Lleyton Hewitt lost to every Grand Slam’s eventual champion which is a record in tennis history. Since then, Hewitt never could make a strong come back due to his injuries.

Lleyton Hewitt is very famous for his competitiveness and has won his matches based on skilled footwork, consistency and fitness. Hewitt plays a defensive baseliner game with counter punching. Hewitt generally likes to be back at the baseline in rallies and only approaches the net to attend a drop shot or short reply from an opponent. In 2004, one commentator said that Hewitt was more difficult to “ace” in comparison to Agassi because he has more return shots in play.