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Venetian Macau Attracts Stars for Macau Tennis Showdown in September

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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.

The four 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 tie-break set.

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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