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Delta Tour - Updates etc.
02-28-2005, 07:32 AM
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Delta Tour - Updates etc.
McEnroe, Ivanisevic, Courier, Cash begin extended 2005 Delta Tour of Champions in Frankfurt
Jim Courier will take on former Wimbledon champions Goran Ivanisevic, John McEnroe and Pat Cash as he begins the defence of his No.1 ranking at the first Delta Tour of Champions event of the year in Frankfurt, Germany.

Courier, who topped the Stanford Financial Champions Tour Rankings in 2004 and won the season-ending Masters in London last December, will face Anders Jarryd on day one of the Deichmann Champions Trophy in Frankfurt on Thursday.

The event in Germany marks the first of a number of new steps on the Road to London in 2005. Tournaments in Hong Kong, Doha (Qatar), Novi Vinodolski (Croatia), Monte Carlo (Monaco) and a second event in Germany, have all been added to a Champions Tour calendar that now totals 12 events.

For Courier to get off to a flying start, he will have to see off Jarryd – a surprise semifinalist in London, Ivanisevic – who beat him in the Eindhoven final last year, and Frenchman Cedric Pioline, in Group A.

In Group B, McEnroe has been drawn to meet former French Open finalists Henri Leconte (today) and Mikael Pernfors, as well as the 1987 Wimbledon champion, Cash.

The players in each group will face off in a round-robin format, and the top player from each group will contest Sunday’s final. Those who finish second in each group will play off for third and fourth places respectively.

Matches are contested over the best of three sets, with the deciding set taking the form of a Champions’ Tie-break. The first player to reach 10 points in the Champions’ Tie-break is the winner. If the score is level at 9-all, a two-point advantage is required.

Players will compete for points throughout the year to qualify for The Masters at the Royal Albert Hall in London, November 29 – December 4. The top ten players in the Stanford Financial Champions Tour Rankings after all events are complete will qualify automatically. The field in London will increase to 12 with the addition of two wild cards.

To be eligible to compete on the Delta Tour of Champions, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist, or a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active on the ATP circuit. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.



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02-28-2005, 07:32 AM
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McEnroe Breeze But Goran Squanders Match Points and Falls
John McEnroe breezed through his opening round-robin match against Henri Leconte 6-3, 6-1 and then paid tribute to the new faces on the Delta Tour of Champions.

McEnroe has been a regular on the Delta Tour since retiring from professional tennis in 1992, and he has noticed a huge improvement in the quality of play.

“The condition of these guys on the Champions tour, like Courier and Jarryd, is way better than it used to be years ago,” said McEnroe, who also vowed to play more events himself this year in order to challenge them.

“I would like to play between six and eight events this year, and the more I play the better I do,” he said.

He will be helped by the fact that the Tour has expanded to 12 events in 2005, with new tournaments added in Doha, Hong Kong, Croatia and Germany.

Goran Ivanisevic, by contrast, cut a rueful figure on day one.

The Croatian, playing his first full year on the Delta Tour of Champions, seemed to be cruising when he held two set points in the first set tie-break of his match against Cedric Pioline.

But, the Frenchman fought them off, took the tie-break 8-6, and then raced away with the second set 6-1.

The players in each group will face off in a round-robin format, and the top player from each group will contest Sunday’s final. Those who finish second in each group will play off for third and fourth places respectively.

Matches are contested over the best of three sets, with the deciding set taking the form of a Champions’ Tie-break. The first player to reach 10 points in the Champions’ Tie-break is the winner. If the score is level at 9-all, a two-point advantage is required.

Players will compete for points throughout the year to qualify for The Masters at the Royal Albert Hall in London, November 29 – December 4. The top ten players in the Stanford Financial Champions Tour Rankings after all events are complete will qualify automatically. The field in London will increase to 12 with the addition of two wild cards.

To be eligible to compete on the Delta Tour of Champions, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist, or a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active on the ATP circuit. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.


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02-28-2005, 07:33 AM
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Ivanisevic finally gets Jarryd's measure
Goran Ivanisevic must have wondered what he had let himself in for.

Playing in his first full year on the Delta Tour of Champions, the Croatian probably imagined that he would win the event in Frankfurt in similar fashion to his victory in Eindhoven last year.

That was his debut event only a few months after reaching the third round at Wimbledon, but in Frankfurt he ran into a rampant Cedric Pioline, and then Anders Jarryd playing at the top of his form.

Ivanisevic eventually won 6-7(2), 7-5, 10-8 (on a Champions’ Tie-Break), and knew that he had been in a match.

The Croatian will need to beat Jim Courier in his final group match on Saturday to stand a chance of advancing to the final.

In the day’s final match, Pat Cash defeated Henri Leconte 6-3, 6-2.

The players in each group will face off in a round-robin format, and the top player from each group will contest Sunday’s final. Those who finish second in each group will play off for third and fourth places respectively.

Matches are contested over the best of three sets, with the deciding set taking the form of a Champions’ Tie-break. The first player to reach 10 points in the Champions’ Tie-break is the winner. If the score is level at 9-all, a two-point advantage is required.

Players will compete for points throughout the year to qualify for The Masters at the Royal Albert Hall in London, November 29 – December 4. The top ten players in the Stanford Financial Champions Tour Rankings after all events are complete will qualify automatically. The field in London will increase to 12 with the addition of two wild cards.

To be eligible to compete on the Delta Tour of Champions, players must have been either a World No.1 during their competitive playing careers, a Grand Slam singles finalist, or a singles player in a victorious Davis Cup team, and no longer active on the ATP circuit. Each event can also invite two players of its choice to take wild cards.




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02-28-2005, 07:34 AM
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February 24-27, 2005
Deichmann Champions Trophy 2005

Groups:
Group A : John McEnroe, Pat Cash, Mikael Pernfors, Henri Leconte
Group B : Jim Courier, Goran Ivanisevic, Cedric Pioline, Anders Jarryd


Final Group Standings

Thursday, February 24, 2005
John McEnroe d. Henri Leconte 6-3, 6-1
Anders Jarryd d. Jim Courier 7-6(5), 7-6(4)
Cedric Pioline d. Goran Ivanisevic 7-6(6), 6-1
Mikael Pernfors d. Pat Cash 6-4, 6-7(5), 10-8 (on a Champions’ Tie-Break)

Friday, February 25, 2005
Cedric Pioline d. Jim Courier 6-4, 6-7(8), 10-8 (on a Champions' Tie-Break)
John McEnroe d. Mikael Pernfors 6-3, 6-2
Goran Ivanisevic d. Anders Jarryd 6-7(2), 7-5, 10-8 (on a Champions' Tie-Break)
Pat Cash d. Henri Leconte 6-3, 6-2

Saturday, February 26, 2005
John McEnroe d. Pat Cash 7-5, 7-6(5)
Goran Ivanisevic d. Jim Courier 6-4, 6-2
Cedric Pioline d. Anders Jarryd 6-6 (retired - back injury)
Mikael Pernfors d. Henri Leconte 7-6, 6-3

Sunday, February 27, 2005
3rd/4th place play-off
Goran Ivanisevic d. Mikael Pernfors 6-2, 6-4
The Final
John McEnroe d. Cedric Pioline 6-2, 6-4

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02-28-2005, 07:36 AM
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Next up -

Apr. 8-11 Qtel ATP Champions, Doha, Qatar

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