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Youzhny, Tursunov Battle In St. Isaac's Square Exhibition

St. Petersburg, Russia

Youzhny, Tursunov

Mikhail Youzhny and Dmitry Tursunov contested an exhibition match at St. Isaac’s Square, in the heart of St. Petersburg, on Sunday.

Youzhny said, “I am well used to the atmosphere of the tournament but here, we had to play in such an unusual setting, at the backdrop of such magnificent scenery. I hope this tradition will continue in St Petersburg into the future as well.”

Tursunov joked, “Did we play this match seriously?

“Well, I can't say we did 100 per cent. For one thing, we played on clay today while we will play on hard at the tournament. We can't disregard this fact.”

An improvised tennis stadium had been set up at the foot of St Isaac's Cathedral. Tursunov beat Youzhny in the exhibition set.

Both players received prizes from the main sponsor of St Petersburg Open, Mikhail Mirilashvily, and the Speaker of St Petersburg Legislative Assembly Viacheslav Makarov. 

Youzhny is competing at the St. Petersburg Open for the 13th straight year. He won the 2004 title with victory over Karol Beck and finished runner-up in 2002 and 2010.

Tursunov, who first played at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament in 2005, reached the semi-finals three years ago. He lost to Youzhny 7-5, 4-6, 7-6(8).

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