|Posted on November 1, 2009 at 7:40 PM|
On Sunday Nov. 1, 2009 at 4 p.m., the official picture of the players in front of the Agora building
The entry list for the first edition of the Valencia Open 500 includes some of the best players in the world, like Andy Murray, Andy Roddick, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Nikolay Davydenko, Fernando Verdasco, and Gilles Simon. In terms of Spanish entrants, other than the aforementioned Fernando Verdasco, the tournament also features Tommy Robredo, David Ferrer, Juan Carlos Ferrero and Feliciano López, as well as Nicolás Almagro, Albert Montañés and Guillermo García-López. Other major names are Sweden’s Robin Soderling, finalist at the last Roland Garros, France’s Gael Monfils and the Czech Republic’s Tomas Berdych, without forgetting players like Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu, Argentinian Juan Mónaco, Russian Igor Andreev, and Serbian Janko Tipsarevic, among others.
The list of players in this event who are currently injured or carrying an injury is vast and comprises: Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Simon, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Feliciano Lopez, Tomas Berdych and Igor Andreev - and those are just the ones we know about.
Talking of injuries, Valencia sees the return to the tour of Andy Murray, who by all accounts has stepped up the training in recent weeks and is thought to be ready for this tournament.
Happy Tomas during a training session
It's Tomas Berdych first appearance in Valencia
This week's big event on the ATP Tour is the shiny new Valencia Open 500, which replaces the old Valencia event that used to be held in the spring on clay.
It's now played on a greenset indoor hard court at the Ciudad de las Artes y las Ciencias, which is one of the most spectacular sporting venues around and well worth a visit.
The surface is completely new as far as tournament play is concerned, but David Ferrer and Juan Carlos Ferrero, who each interestingly hold part ownership of the event, have played on it and describe the surface as 'neither too fast or too slow'.