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In the northern capital starts tennis tournament «St.Petersburg Open»

October 18 2008

Today in St. Petersburg opened an international tournament St.Petersburg Open 2008 - with the top Russian players. All in all competitions will be attended by 32 athletes, of which the names of the 23 known right now, and the rest will receive a special invitation from the Association of Tennis Professionals or the fight for right to participate in the tournament during the training.

List of players led by World No. Four from the UK Andy Murray. From the Russians to the list of seeded players went Nikolay Davydenko (6-th number in the world ranking), Mikhail Youzhny (23), Marat Safin (34), who will visit the Northern capital after a two-year hiatus, and Igor Kunitsyn (47), thanks to the victory by " Kremlin Cup has risen in the ranking of 24 lines.

Qualifying matches will begin at the JCC "St. Petersburg October 18, fights the main grid - Monday, October 20. Finals of singles and doubles will be held Sunday, Oct. 26.

Also according to tradition in the competition will be VIP-tournament, which is expected to attend St. Petersburg Governor Valentina Matvienko. The prize fund will not change compared to last year and $ 1 million. In addition to the competition, organizers have planned various activities for visitors, including the traditional master-class, who will make eminent sportsmen for St. Petersburg's children, and family day at the tournament, according to RIA Novosti.

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