The Venetian Macau has attracted three of the world’s top-seven
and four of the world’s top-twelve ATP World Tour stars to Macau,
for the fourth edition of The Venetian Macau Tennis Showdown.
World #5 Robin Soderling of Sweden, World #6 Russian
Nikolay Davydenko, World #7 Czech Tomas Berdych and World #12
David Ferrer of Spain will begin their preparations for this
year’s Asian swing of the ATP World Tour, at The Venetian Macau
Tennis Showdown 2010.
They follow in the steps of
Roger Federer and Pete Sampras (2007), Bjorn Borg, John McEnroe,
James Blake and Roger Federer (2008), and Andre Agassi and Pete
Sampras (2009), and 2010 marks the first time in years that four
current top ranked ATP men will play in Southern China.
The event takes place at the CotaiArena on Sunday
afternoon, 26 September 2010 and will showcase a unique and thrilling
format of five different one-set matches that will result in one
singles winner, one winning doubles team and over five hours of
world-class tennis entertainment.
Champions are currently amongst the most sought after and
successful players in the world. Soderling reached back-to-back
French Open finals (2009 and 2010) and is a winner of five career
titles, Davydenko is the reigning ATP World Tour Finals Champion
and winner of 20 career titles, Berdych made it to this year’s
Wimbledon Final and is winner of five career titles, while Ferrer
has eight career titles. Given ranking developments, there is a
credible chance that Ferrer could also be ranked in the world’s
top-ten come September.
The four Champions have
developed quite a following in Asia in recent years – Soderling
was a semi-finalist in Kuala Lumpur and Beijing in 2009, Davydenko
clinched titles in Kuala Lumpur and Shanghai last year, Berdych
was a quarter-finalist in Kuala Lumpur and Tokyo in 2009 (and won
Tokyo in 2008) and Ferrer was a finalist at the Tennis Masters Cup
in Shanghai in 2007.
“In 2007, 2008 and 2009 The
Venetian Macau Tennis Showdown enjoyed an overwhelming response to
some stunning tennis entertainment and once again we are upping
the pace and are delighted to be bringing cutting edge men’s
tennis to The Venetian Macau, the premier destination for sports
and entertainment in Asia,” said Gunther Hatt, Senior Vice
President of Operations, Venetian Macau Limited. “We pride
ourselves in being the best at whatever we do and being able to
deliver three or four (depending on final rankings come September)
of the world’s current top-ten men, with such a compelling format
of singles and doubles, will give fans a superb taste of the best
in modern men’s tennis.”
The format for the
2010 The Venetian Macau Tennis Showdown will see each of the five
matches being one full set with a standard tie-break (first to
seven with an advantage of two points) being played, should games
reach six all.
There will be two semi-final
matches. The winners of those matches will progress to the singles
final. The other two players will face off for the third and
fourth places. Additionally, and on conclusion of the singles
final, there will be one doubles match played, again a standard
The draw for the afternoon of
stunning rapid-fire tennis, will be held on Saturday, 25
September 2010, the day the players arrive in Macau.
Tickets for The Venetian Macau Tennis Showdown are on
sale now with prices from MOP 680 / 480 / 280 / 180 per ticket and
MOP 768 / 568 / 368 per ticket inclusive of round trip CotaiJet
ferry tickets from Hong Kong. An eight seat on court VVIP box
costs MOP 7,840 or MOP 980 per seat.
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