MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR 2013
Almagro Joins Kuala Lumpur Field
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
by ATP Staff|
Top 20 player Nicolas Almagro has joined a stellar field at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, celebrating its fifth edition this year. The tournament will be played 23-29 September at Putra Stadium.
The line-up is headed by two previously announced Top 10 players – World No. 4 and Roland Garros finalist David Ferrer, and World No. 9 Stanislas Wawrinka. Among the field there are four players who have been either winners (Nikolay Davydenko and defending champion Juan Monaco) or finalists (Marcos Baghdatis and Julien Benneteau) at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur.
“You always want to go back to a place where you have done well, so I am very happy about coming back to Kuala Lumpur and this year I bring four of my Davis Cup team mates,” said Monaco. “Last year was my first time in Malaysia and I liked it very much, and I won the tournament. I hope it can happen again.”
Italian Andreas Seppi (No. 21) is enjoying a strong season as part of the resurgence of Italian tennis. Austrian Jurgen Melzer will be playing the tournament for the third straight year, having been a quarter-finalist in 2011, and the giant killing Argentine Federico Delbonis is a new and exciting name to look out for. He recently upset Roger Federer, as did another one of the tournament’s entrants, Germany’s Daniel Brands. Delbonis is currently next in on the entry list and would take one of the Special Exempt slots.
“We are delighted that so many marquee names have decided to come to KL to celebrate our fifth birthday,” said Tournament Director Nick Freyer, of organisers IMG. “In addition to the previously announced Top 10 marquee players, stars of the future and previous finalists, we now welcome three additional Top 21 players in Nicolas Almagro, Marin Cilic and Andreas Seppi, plus a host of exciting others that include Jurgen Melzer, Vasek Pospisil, Dmitry Tursunov, and giant killer Federico Delbonis – an exciting field worthy of our celebrations.
“This could not have been possible without the steadfast support of our Patron, YABhg. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, and the YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture, both of whom I look forward to warmly welcoming at the tournament.”
Pospisil, who was the last player to gain direct into the main draw in 2012, is coming off the biggest week of his young career, having reached the semis of the ATP World Tour Masters 1000 in Montreal last weekend. Tursunov is a veteran on the Tour and is quite a showman on and off the court, while one of the younger names destined for impressive results is Spanish super talent Pablo Carreno, who broke into the Top 100 last week having risen more than 550 ranking spots already this year.
Two singles main draw wild cards have been awarded to Wimbledon junior finalist Hyeon Chung of South Korea and Carreno, who also received a wild card into the doubles, where he pairs with budding countryman Roberto Carballes, who received a singles qualifying wild card.
One main draw singles wild card and one doubles pair wild card remain to be confirmed, with the names of the three qualifying wild cards for local players to be announced in conjunction with the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia, in early September.
The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur is sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia. In addition to the distinguished support of the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia and Tourism Malaysia, the event is proud to have prestigious commercial sponsors that include Rado, CNN International, the DoubleTree by Hilton Kuala Lumpur, Wilson, 100 Plus, the Albukhary Foundation, Astro, the ATP World Tour’s Premier Partner Corona, and Platinum Partner Ricoh.
Tickets prices remain very reasonable and range from RM 10 to RM 120, and there will be free admission between Saturday, September 21 and Tuesday, September 24. Tickets can be purchased on-line via the tournament website http://www.malaysianopentennis.com/2013/tickets.php, at TicketCharge outlets or through the ticket hotline at TicketCharge Ph: 603-92228811
For more information on the tournament, visit www.MalaysianOpenTennis.com