|Posted on July 26, 2010 at 10:47 AM|
Members of the organising committee at the launch press conference
Three Top 10 Stars Confirmed for Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010
by Press Release | 26.07.2010
Kuala Lumpur will once again showcase a star studded line-up of ATP World Tour stars in 2010 with three top-ten, six top-twenty, plus three crowd favorites confirmed to headline the second edition of the ATP 250 tournament, which takes from September 25 to October 3, at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil.
The Prime Minister of Malaysia, Yang Amat Berhormat Dato' Sri Mohd Najib Tun Razak, in the company of the Event Patron, Yang Amat Berbahagia Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, who is the wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, announced today that Robin Soderling (No.5), Nikolay Davydenko (No.6), Tomas Berdych [No. 8], David Ferrer (No.12), Mikhail Youzhny (No.14), Nicolas Almagro [No.18], the charismatic Marcos Baghdatis (No.25), former Wimbledon Champion Lleyton Hewitt (No.30) and Asia’s top ranked player, Lu Yen-Hsun (No.41) of Taiwan, will headline the USD 947,750 prize money tournament.
The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2010 is one of only five ATP World Tour events to be staged in continental Asia and features a 28 player singles main draw and 16 teams in doubles. The singles qualifying draw will be open to 32 players. Two qualifying singles wild-card slots will be allocated to local players and there will once again be an opportunity for a local player to join forces with one of the top seeded singles stars, to play in the doubles main-draw, courtesy of a main draw doubles wild-card. The tournament is sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia.
Returning to Kuala Lumpur is Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic, ranked No.8, who is having his break out season this year, being runner-up at the ATP 1000 tournament in Miami, a semi-finalist at the French Open as well as being the Wimbledon runner-up. A player with immense talent and a big game that is now charged with confidence, Tomas will be looking to add the KL title to his growing collection.