The week in tennis at a glance
Tuesday 17 October 2000
- Julie Halard-Decugis of France won the Japan Open women's title in Tokyo by beating American Amy Frazier 5-7, 7-5, 6-4.
- Britain's Tim Henman beat Tommy Haas of Germany 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 to win the CA Tennis Trophy in Vienna, Austria.
- Swiss Martina Hingis beat American Lindsay Davenport 6-4, 4-6, 7-5 to win the Swisscom Challenge in Zurich, Switzerland.
- Sjeng Schalken of the Netherlands beat Ecuadoran Nicolas Lapentti 6-4, 3-6, 6-1 to win the Japan Open men's tournament in Tokyo.
- John McEnroe of the United States won the Delta Tour of Champions by beating Frenchman Guy Forget 7-6 (2), 6-4 in Geneva, Switzerland.
"The number of finals that I've lost have been well documented, but I never had any doubts that I would win again." - Tim Henman, who had lost seven finals between tournament victories.
"Victories like today against Lindsay do wonders for my self-confidence." - Martina Hingis, after beating Lindsay Davenport to win the Swisscom Challenge.
"I think my wife did a great job today." - Greg Rusedski, who is traveling with his wife but without a coach, after beating Yevgeny Kafelnikov in the first round in Vienna.
"It was fun to play in, even though I lost, but you get used to it in this career." - Lindsay Davenport, after losing to Martina Hingis in the Zurich final.
"Is there a tournament here next week?" - Julie Halard-Decugis, after winning the Japan Open after her second final in two weeks in tournaments played in Tokyo.
"They didn't take no for an answer." - Chris DeMaria, WTA Tour vice president of communications, after a French TV crew had their media credentials withdrawn for harassing Russia's Anna Kournikova.
"I want to be a sumo fighter." - Brazil's Gustavo Kuerten, who asked in Tokyo about tying his hair in a pigtail.
A French TV crew was ejected from the tournament hotel in Zurich and their media credentials for the Swisscom Challenge were confiscated after organizers decided they had harassed Anna Kournikova. The camera crew from the French television station M6 reportedly had been extremely aggressive in trying to gain an interview with the Russian star. Tournament officials said the crew had embarrassed Kournikova, her mother and other players at the practice site and in the hotel lobby after Kournikova had turned down requests for an interview.
Men and women will receive equal prize money at the 2001 Australian Open. In making the announcement, Tennis Australia president Geoff Pollard said players will compete for a tournament-record prize pool of $7.5 million, an 11.5 percent increase over 2000. The men's prize money has been increased by 10 percent and the women's by 15.8 percent. The winners of the men's and women's singles each will pocket $450,000. The Australian Open joins the U.S. Open in offering equal prize money to men and women.
American Serena Williams, Frenchwoman Mary Pierce and Spain's Arantxa Sanchez-Vicario are the latest to qualify for the $2 million season-ending Chase Championships, which will be held Nov. 13-19 at New York's Madison Square Garden. The three increase the singles field to eight. Earlier, Swiss Martina Hingis, Americans Lindsay Davenport, Venus Williams and Monica Seles and Conchita Martinez of Spain had qualified for the elite 16-player field. The tournament is leaving New York after 29 years and will be played in Munich, Germany, next year.
SOUTH OF THE BORDER
Raul Zurutuza of Mexico is the new Director of Latin American for the ATP Tour. Zurutuza will begin immediately on a part-time basis and will assume full-time duties next April. He will be responsible for all ATP Tour business in Latin America, including services to players, Tour and Challenger events, the media and public. Currently the tournament director of the Abierto Mexicano de Tenis Pegaso to be held in Acapulco, Mexico, in February, Zurutuza is also the tournament director of the Copa Ericsson-Mexico tournament.
SITES TO SURF
Toulouse: www.toulouseopen.com Shanghai: www.heinekenopenshanghai.com/index.html Tennis Week: http://tennisweek.rivals.com/ Zoom Tennis: http://www.zoomtennis.com/
Tournaments This Week
ATP TOUR $400,000 Toulouse Open, hard, Toulouse, France $375,000 Heineken Open, hard, Shanghai, China
SANEX WTA TOUR $375,000 Generali Ladies Open, carpet, Linz, Austria $140,000 Heineken Open, hard, Shanghai, China
Tournaments Week of Oct. 23
ATP TOUR $1,000,000 Kremlin Cup, carpet, Moscow $1,000,000 Swiss Indoors, carpet, Basel, Switzerland
SANEX WTA TOUR $1,080,000 Ladies Kremlin Cup, carpet, Moscow $110,000 Slovak Indoors, hard, Bratislava, Slovakia
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