ASIAN SWING 2012
Nishikori, Tipsarevic Launch ATP World Tour's Asian Swing In Singapore
by ATP Staff|
"It holds good memories," Tipsarevic said of returning to Asia. "I won my first ATP tournament in Asia. It’s one of my favourite swings, definitely this year because the season was so chaotic. We played so many tournaments including the Olympics. Coming to Asia, in a big way, calms me down. People are so relaxed and easy-going in Asian countries. I just love to be here."
Nishikori and Tipsarevic played tennis with three Formula One racing drivers - Timo Glock, Charles Pic and Nico Hulkenberg - and some of Singapore’s top juniors at the luxury Marina Bay Sands resort, near the street circuit for Sunday's Singapore Grand Prix.
"I saw these guys, especially Janko, on TV last week at the US Open and I’m watching quite a lot so I think it’s good fun," said Glock.
The duo also spent time at the resort's rooftop Infinity pool and took part in a number of media commitments. Tipsarevic also sampled life in Singapore's Chinatown district.
The three-week Asian swing, which runs from 24 September to 14 October, features five ATP World Tour tournaments - the Thailand Open in Bangkok, the Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur, the China Open in Beijing, the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships in Tokyo and the Shanghai Rolex Masters, an ATP World Tour Masters 1000 event.
"It’s very important for me," Nishikori said of the swing. "I feel like it’s home, even here in Singapore. I’m playing [Kuala Lumpur] next week. It’s going to be a lot of fun for me. I played well in Shanghai last year, played first semi-finals in a Masters, so hopefully I can do well this year.
"A lot of young kids start playing tennis and I think it’s getting stronger, so I think it’s very important that I do well in Asia and hopefully there’s more Asian tournaments on the tour. Hopefully in the future."
ATP World Tour stars will be battling to earn valuable South African Airways ATP Rankings points in the race to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals at The O2 in London from 5-12 November. Four singles spots remain up for grabs at the prestigious tournament. Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Andy Murray have already qualified.
"A lot of decision-making is going to be done in these few tournaments and every victory counts," said Tipsarevic, who made his debut at The O2 last year.