Saturday, August 07, 1999

ATP qualifier boasts strong field


Reflects overall tourney depth, director says

BY DAVE SCHUTTE
Enquirer contributor

        The number of top-150-ranked players entered in the Great American Insurance ATP Championship qualifier makes for an impressive list.

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        There's Arnaud Clement (71), Mark Woodforde (77), Ramon Delgado (86), Bernd Karbacher (89), Martin Damm (98), Wayne Arthurs (100), Wayne Black (104) and Sebastien Lareau (106), to name a few.

        Also entered are Jeff Morri son, the University of Florida's NCAA singles champion from Huntington, W.Va., and MarQuiestro Foster, a touring professional from Dayton.

        Twenty-eight players are entered in the two-day, two-match qualifier that begins today and concludes Sunday. The seven survivors earn a spot in the main draw.

        “When the No.71-ranked player in the world can't get into the main draw, that's a good indication of the strength of the qualifier,” said tournament director Bruce Flory.

        “If this was the U.S. Open, most of the players in the qualifier would automatically be in the main draw. Players like this tournament, because it gets them ready for the U.S. Open, which is played on the same surface.”

        Besides the singles qualifying matches, eight teams will vie for the two doubles qualifying spots Sunday. Thomas E. Price Metropolitan champions Kelly Jones and Dan Kronauge will play after 1p.m.

        Overall, the seven singles qualifiers will play Magnus Larsson, Todd Martin (No.9 seed), Richey Reneberg, Jiri Novak, John Van Lottum, Paul Goldstein or Thomas Enqvist (13) in first-round main-draw matches.

        Fourteen matches on four courts will be played today beginning at 10a.m. The seven finals begin at 10a.m. Sunday. Admission is $10. Children 14 and under are admitted free.

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