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VETERANS tennis returns to Qatar after a five-year gap with the Qtel ATP Champions event getting underway at the Khalifa Complex today.
Former Wimbledon champions Goran Ivanisevic of Croatia and Richard Krajicek of the Netherlands will kick off proceedings at 6pm on the Centre Court.
Their match will be followed by a clash between two-time Qatar Open winner Petr Korda of the Czech Republic and Frenchman Cedric Pioline.
This will be the third of the four prestigious events the Qatar Tennis Federation would have hosted this year. The final event, the Total Qatar German Open, will be held in Berlin from May 2.
The Qtel event consists of players no longer active on the men’s tennis circuit, and each must have been either a world No. 1 during his competitive playing career, a Grand Slam singles finalist or a singles player on a victorious Davis Cup team. Most of the players in The Tour matches are household names.
Among them are Pat Cash, Goran Ivanisevic and Richard Krajicek, all Wimbledon winners, Australian Open and French Open-champion Thomas Muster; and former Australian Open champion Petr Korda.
Eight players have been divided into two groups that compete in round-robin format.
The top players from each pool will clash in the final on Sunday.
The tournament was confirmed last month when Qtel CEO Dr. Nasser Marafih signed the contract pledging 450,000 euros on behalf of Qtel.
“We are proud to be the sole sponsors of the Qtel ATP Tour of Champions. We intend to pledge our sponsorship of this grand event for the next three years running so that the people of Qatar can enjoy a tournament with some of the tennis greats in history”.
Dr. Marafih added, “Like education and health, our sponsorship and support of sporting activities in Qatar, remains close to our heart. Qatar has become a destination for some of the best and highly competitive sporting events in the world and I am pleased to say that Qtel has been actively involved in providing either financial or technical support to most of these events”.
The Tour, which kick-started in Frankfurt, has expanded to 12 events in 2005.
(all matches on
Centre Court )
6pm: Goran Ivanisevic (Cro), vs Richard Krajicek (Ned) followed by Petr Korda (Cze) vs Cedric Pioline (Fra) followed by Sergi Bruguera (SPA) vs Henri Leconte (Fra) followed by Thomas Muster (Aut) vs Pat Cash (Aus)

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