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Fans’ guide to the week ahead: Feb 9 2009

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Originally published on 26/02/10 11:26

Our who, where, what, when and why guide to the best tennis on planet Earth over the next seven days

ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament

When? Feb 9-15
Where? Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Event type? ATP World Tour 500
Surface? Indoor hard
Prizemoney? Eur 1,445,000
Draw size? 32 singles, 16 doubles
Big names? A multitude of top tenners taking part. World No.1 Rafael Nadal is the strong favourite closely followed by world No.4 Andy Murray who will be hoping to improve upon his 2008 first round exit. If Nadal is to win his second title of the year he will have to beat off 2008 semi-finalists Nikolay Davydenko and Gilles Simon, last weeks victor at the SA Open Jo-Wilfried Tsonga as well as David Ferrer, Gael Monfils and Robin Soderling.
Where to watch? Live action is available on Sky Sports 1, 2 and 3 from Feb 12-15 but do not worry, if you don’t have sky, live streaming can be found on the web at www.tennistv.com from 12 Feb
Web? www.abnamrowtt.nl

SAP Open

When? Feb 9-15
Where? San Jose, CA, USA
Event type? ATP World Tour 250
Surface? Indoor hard
Prizemoney? Eur 600,000
Draw size? 32 singles, 16 doubles
Big names? Aussie Open semi-finalist Andy Roddick returns to California as top seed and defending champion and will be bidding for his fourth title in San Jose. In-form world No.7 Juan Martin Del Potro is making his debut at the SAP Open and will be hoping to see off previous finalists Radek Stepanek and Mardy Fish to take his second title of 2009 after winning in New Zealand last month.
Where to watch? The semifinals and finals can be seen on British Eurosport from 14-15 Feb or live streaming can be purchased at the web address below.
Web? www.sapopentennis.com

Brasil Open

When? Feb 9-14
Where? Costa Do Sauipe, Brazil
Event type? ATP World Tour 250
Surface? Outdoor clay
Prizemoney? Eur 562,000
Draw size? 32 singles, 16 doubles
Big names? Spaniard Nicolas Almagro is the highlight of the Brazil draw as defending champion and No.1 seed. Big names hell have to watch out for include fellow Spaniards Tommy Robredo and Albert Montanes along with Argentine Jose Acasuso.
Where to watch? Live streaming can be found on the Brasil Open homepage below.
Web? www2.uol.com.

Open GDF SUEZ

When? Feb 9-15
Where? Paris, France
Event type? WTA Premier
Surface? Indoor hard
Prizemoney? Eur 700,000
Draw size? 32 singles, 16 doubles
Big names? Following on from a weekend of Fed Cup action, the first WTA Tour event since the Aussie Open sees some huge names featuring in Paris this week. World No.1 Serena Williams takes poll position in the draw and having triumphed in Melbourne last month she will be hoping to see off fellow top tenners Jelena Jankovic, Elena Dementieva and Agnieszka Radwanksa to take another title.
Where to watch? From Feb 10-15 you can watch live action on British Eurosport daily or you can watch live streaming on www.tennistv.com from 12 Feb.
Web? www.opengdfsuez.com

PTT Pattaya Open

When? Feb 9-15
Where? Pattaya City, Thailand
Event type? WTA International
Surface? Outdoor hard
Prizemoney? Eur 220,000
Draw size? 32 singles, 16 doubles
Big names? World No.5 Vera Zvonareva is headlining in Thailand this week alongside fellow Russian and second seed Nadia Petrova. If they are to reach the final they will have to take care of the likes of Danish star Caroline Wozniacki, Belarusian world No.15 Victoria Azarenka and Slovakian Dominika Cibulkova.
Web? www.pentanglepromotions.com

Live Scores? LIve scoring from all ATP/WTA events can be found on the WTA websites

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