Campbell's Hall of Fame Tennis Championships: Player Field Represents 17 Different Countries
NEWPORT, RI — The International Tennis Hall of Fame has announced that this year’s Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships field will once again have an international flavor as players from 17 different countries will descend upon Newport. The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, played for the Van Alen Cup, will be held July 9-15 and will feature 32 of the top men in professional tennis competing in the only ATP event played on grass in North America.
The Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships brings to Newport three players ranked No. 1 in their respective countries. Denmark’s Kristian Pless and Brazilian Thiago Alves will be making their second appearance in Newport, while Frank Dancevic of Canada will be making his third consecutive appearance on the Hall of Fame’s legendary grass courts.
France’s Nicolas Mahut, who ousted three-time Roland Garros champion and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the semifinal at London/Queen’s Club last week, will make his second appearance in Newport. Joining Mahut are Fabrice Santoro, currently ranked No. 58 after reaching the quarterfinals in Dubai and Chennai, and lefty Michael Llodra, who reached theNewport quarterfinals in 2001 and the semifinals in 2002.
Four players make up the United States contingent. Mardy Fish, currently ranked No. 36 in the world and the third highest ranked American, returns after reaching the quarterfinals here in 2006. He is joined by Vince Spadea, Kevin Kim and Justin Gimelstob, who last year reached both the singles and doubles finals in Newport.
Defending Champion Mark Philippoussis of Australia brings with him countryman Chris Guccione, who reached the final in Adelaide earlier this year. Russia’s Teimura Gabashvili, who reached the quarterfinal in Memphis, will make his first appearance while Igor Kunitsyn, a quarterfinalist in Adelaide, will make his second consecutive appearance in Newport.Italy’s Daniele Bracciali returns to the Hall of Fame after reaching the quarterfinals in 2005, while countryman Stefano Galvani will be making his Newport debut. Chile will be well represented by Adrian Garcia and Paul Capdeville.
Rounding out the player field are Mario Ancic of Croatia, currently ranked No. 23 in the world, Austria’s Alexander Peya, Danai Udomchoke of Thailand, Michael Berrer of Germany, Alex Bogdanovic of Great Britain, 2005 Wimbledon Doubles Champion Wesley Moodie of South Africa, Dick Norman of Belgium and Ilia Bozolijac of Serbia.
Tickets for the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships can be ordered online at www.tennisfame.com or by calling 866-914-FAME. Tickets for Saturday’s 2007 Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and semifinal matches and Sunday’s Championship Finals are sold out. Tickets for tennis sessions Monday through Friday are still available. For more information, call 866-914-FAME.
Family Weekend will be held July 7-8 as a kick-off event for the Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships, July 9-15. The two-day Family Weekend event will be held each day from 10:00am to 3:00pm and is in conjunction with the Qualifying Tournament of the Campbell’s event. Family Weekend will consist of junior tennis clinics, tennis demonstrations and skills activities, along with off-court activities including tennis trivia and interactive tennis games on the Hall of Fame’s floor to ceiling large screen projector in the museum. Admission for Family Weekend including all activities, tours, and demonstrations has been specially priced at $9 for adults, $5 for children (14 and under) and $23 for a family each day. For more information and to sign up for junior clinics, call 866-914-FAME.
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