Int’l tennis players to show up at Vietnam Open
By Vu Duc - The Saigon Times Daily
Vietnam Tennis Federation general secretary Nguyen Quoc Ky speaks at the Vietnam Open media conference in HCMC - PHOTO: VU DUC
HCMC – Sixty tennis players from around the world will compete in Vietnam Open 2015 at Lan Anh Country Club in HCMC from October 10 to 18.
The organizing committee said at a media conference on September 22 that Marcel Granollers of Spain, who ranks 81st in the ATP world ranking, would be showing up at the tournament recognized by the Association of Tennis Professionals.
The Spaniard won two David Cup titles in 2008 and 2011 and was also an ATP Tour World Finals doubles champion in 2012. James Duckworth of Australia, who ranks 98th in the ATP world ranking, will also compete at the event.
There will be some international players on the top 300 list as well, including Lee Duck Hee of South Korea, Vietnamese American player Daniel Nguyen, Asian Games gold medalist Somdev Devvaman of India, Luke Saville of Australia and SEA Games gold medalist Chris Rungket of Indonesia.
Vietnam’s top two players – Ly Hoang Nam and Nguyen Hoang Thien – will also join the tournament that is under the ATP Challenger Tour with total prize money of US$50,000.
Nam, 18, has become the first Vietnamese to clinch a Grand Slam junior title after winning the boys doubles final game at the Wimbledon championships with partner Indian Sumit Nagal in July.
Nam and Nagal will receive singles and doubles wildcard in the Vietnam Open. According to a wildcard exchange deal with India, both players receive one singles and one doubles wildcard in each country.
Vietnam Tennis Federation general secretary Nguyen Quoc Ky said that the tournament provides a good opportunity for Vietnamese tennis players to hone their skills with the world-class rivals. More than 160 players have registered for the biggest tennis tournament in Vietnam, Ky added.
In the tournament next month, 32 players will compete in singles events and 16 pairs in doubles events. The qualifying round will take place in the first two days before the fi rst official round from October 10.