KUALA LUMPUR Aug 19 — World number six Nikolay Davydenko has agreed to play alongside a Malaysian player as part of a wild card pairing in the main draw of the doubles in the upcoming Malaysian Open ATP Tennis World Tour.
"This probably marks the first time in Malaysia”s sporting history that a Malaysian tennis player has joined forces with a current top ten ranked ATP singles player to play an ATP main draw doubles match,” tournament director Nick Freyer told a news conference here today.
The Malaysian player would be chosen by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia and to be announced later, he added. The tournament will be held from Sept 25 to Oct 3 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.
Freyer said four world top ten singles players would be battling in the tournament including Davydenko of Russia, world number five Robin Soderling of Sweden, world number seven Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic and world number 10 David Ferer of Spain. He said so far 19 players from 15 countries had received direct entry into the tournament based on ranking.
"In addition to the 19 now confirmed players, there will be four qualifiers as a result of the qualifying tournament and three main-draw wild cards to be announced later,” he said. The entry cut-off for this year is 71 compared to 64 last year. BERNAMA