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The 8th International Tennis Tournament St. Petersburg Open will take place on October 21-27, 2002
St. Petersburg Open-2002 the International series ATP Tennis Tournament (prize
money 800,000 USD) has introduced its new commercial partner Grand Hotel Europe
during the press-conference, held on April 23, 2002. The official agreement between the
Tournament and the Hotel has been signed on April 18.
Tournament's Directorate is sure that Grand Hotel Europe, which was
recognized as a best hotel in Russia last year, will express all its hospitality towards
the participants and guests of St. Petersburg Open-2002.
The new tournament's style for 2002, which was chosen according to
the results of an open tender, was presented at the press-conference. The symbol of St.
Petersburg Open-2002 is a cute tennis ball, which is inviting tennis fans to
visit the courts in SCC "Petersburgsky".
According to the words of Mr. Mikhail Rydnik, Tournament Director, the
preparation for the tournament is also conducted in other aspects: first of all, that is
the aspect of forming the list of the participants for the tournament. Mr. Rydnik informed
that Yevgeny Kafelnikov (the Olympic Games champion) has signed the
contact (already in February) for participating in St. Petersburg Open-2002.
There is no doubt that Marat Safin, St. Petersburg Open-2000,
2001 winner, will also sign the agreement for participating in St.
Petersburg Open-2002 soon.
The tournament of 2002 is likely to have an opportunity to boast its
presentability, because the negotiations between St. Petersburg Open and Gustavo
Kuerten, Lleyton Hewitt, Greg Rusedski and other stars of world tennis are in a process. Sebastien Grosjean has already provisionally
agreed to participate in the tournament this year.
One of the main news for the journalists, was the information, that St.
Petersburg Open owners BALTUNEXIM BANK and CONTI GROUP decided to increase the prize
money up to 1,000,000 USD. If this decision will be approved by the ATP Board of Directors,
it may enter into a power already this year. And it can become an additional attractive
factor for the world tennis stars, while they are considering to participate in St.
All the above mentioned improvements are closely connected to the
improvements in tournament management: there's no wonder that the attention of St.
Petersburg business elite to the tournament is growing. The contracts of collaboration
between St. Petersburg Open and "FINNAIR" (official air carrier), "PULKOVO",
"International Clinic" (official medical clinic), "Ramec" (official computering
items supplier), "Peterlink", "Metrocom" have been already signed. The
collaboration between St. Petersburg Open and TV company "CTC 6 channel",
"Sport-Express" newspaper, "Teleport" company, "Project 111", "Chupa
Chups" company ("St. Petersburg Open Junior" sponsors), "Orticon" company,
"St. Petersburg Taxophones", "Independent Media" publishing house magazines and
other companies will be continued.
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