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Heineken Open - Auckland « on: January 11, 2009, 11:07 AM »
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Starts tomorrow. I usually go 1 day each year and I'm going on Tuesday, day 2 this time. Last year I went on day 1 and 2 but unfortunately it rained on day 2 and I stayed all day and into the evening and all we got was about 1 hour of play in the morning. Unfortunately it's not as good a draw as we usually get this year but we still have Del Potro, Ferrer, Soderling and Almagro as the top 4 seeds. This year the top 4 have been given a bye into the 2nd round so I won't get to see them play as it will still be 1st round on day 2 but I have seen each of them in past years.

ORDER OF PLAY - MONDAY, JANUARY 12, 2009
CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
Qualifying - J Isner (USA) vs T Bellucci (BRA)
[6] S Querrey (USA) vs [WC] D King-Turner (NZL)
J Ferrero (ESP) vs K Nishikori (JPN)
P Hanley (AUS) / J Kerr (AUS) vs [3] C Kas (GER) / R Wassen (NED)

Not Before 7:30 PM
[WC] J Statham (NZL) vs R Ginepri (USA)
V Troicki (SRB) vs I Kunitsyn (RUS)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
Qualifying - B Reynolds (USA) vs M Middelkoop (NED)
Qualifying - R Bopanna (IND) vs G Muller (LUX)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
Qualifying - O Hernandez (ESP) vs C Ebelthite (AUS)

Bit disappointed I'm missing Ferrero again. He comes every year and although I've been going for the last 4 or 5 years I still have yet to see him play! He's always the day before or after I go. Did get his autograph last year as I was just walking past the changing room when he turned up to practice but still haven't been able to see him in a match. Although I will get to see Kohlshreiber who is the defending champion against Hrbaty which looks the pick of the 1st round matches. Hopefully the weather is good. Would like to have gone on day 3 to see the top seeds but I left it too late. Didn't get round to getting a ticket until last week so could only get what was left.

If anyone is interested, you can watch this tournament online for free here:
http://www.planetstream.tv/
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #1 on: January 12, 2009, 10:10 AM »
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Showers are forecast for tomorrow so coule be same again. Frown

ORDER OF PLAY - TUESDAY, JANUARY 13, 2009

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs [WC] D Hrbaty (SVK)
E Gulbis (LAT) vs M Granollers (ESP)
A Calleri (ARG) vs M Gicquel (FRA)
[WC] J Statham (NZL) / M Statham (NZL) vs D Ferrer (ESP) / M Granollers (ESP)
Not Before 7:30 PM
V Hanescu (ROU) vs [8] J Monaco (ARG)
[1] M Damm (CZE) / R Lindstedt (SWE) vs [WC] D King-Turner (NZL) / T Perry (AUS)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
F Serra (FRA) vs G Muller (LUX)
J Isner (USA) vs [7] A Montanes (ESP)
N Almagro (ESP) / I Navarro (ESP) vs R Bopanna (IND) / J Coetzee (RSA)
[4] F Cermak (CZE) / M Mertinak (SVK) vs T Parrott (USA) / F Polasek (SVK)

COURT 6 start 11:00 am
S Darcis (BEL) vs Y Lu (TPE)
O Hernandez (ESP) vs B Reynolds (USA)

Some decent looking matches, particularly the first one. And I will at least get to see Ferrer in the doubles.
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #2 on: January 12, 2009, 04:01 PM »
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So Hutchins and Huss will be playing on Wednesday....
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #3 on: January 13, 2009, 12:49 AM »
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Hello from the tennis. Nice warm day, gulbis on now. My 1st attemp at doin this via mobile!
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #4 on: January 13, 2009, 12:56 AM »
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Hello from the tennis. Nice warm day, gulbis on now. My 1st attemp at doin this via mobile!


Maybe I should find a stream and you can wave! wave

Where u sitting?

watching the match from behind Gulbis just now. Him serving.


EDIT: He just won to take it to a tiebreak.
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #5 on: January 13, 2009, 01:05 AM »
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If you sit in the terraced bit to the right of the players (their right as they are sitting down) and stand up during the next sit down, we'll see you when you wave Wink lol
 
I dare ya.
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #6 on: January 13, 2009, 02:17 AM »
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Think the online camera is behind me so you wont see me. But im 4 rows back about in line with the umpire and wearing a light blue shirt.
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #7 on: January 13, 2009, 09:09 AM »
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Hello from the tennis. Nice warm day, gulbis on now. My 1st attemp at doin this via mobile!


Oh Mr Smarty Pants aren't you! Very Happy  Hope you had a good day.  Hrbaty match over with rather quickly!  
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #8 on: January 13, 2009, 11:27 AM »
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I may not have been spotted in the online footage but I did receive text messages telling me I had appeared on the TV coverage. lol
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #9 on: January 13, 2009, 09:57 PM »
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I'll post a little bit more and some photos later on but going out today so haven't got time at the moment.

CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
Y Lu (TPE) vs [4] N Almagro (ESP)
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) vs E Gulbis (LAT)
M Gicquel (FRA) vs [2] D Ferrer (ESP)
[3] R Soderling (SWE) vs B Reynolds (USA)
Not Before 7:30 PM
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs J Ferrero (ESP)
I Kunitsyn (RUS) / D Martin (USA) vs [2] S Lipsky (USA) / L Paes (IND)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[6] S Querrey (USA) vs G Muller (LUX)
M Kohlmann (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) vs S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR)
Not Before 2:00 PM
V Troicki (SRB) vs V Hanescu (ROU) or [8] J Monaco (ARG)
J Cerretani (USA) / V Hanescu (ROU) vs A Calleri (ARG) / J Monaco (ARG) - After suitable rest

COURT 6 start 2:00 pm
R Ginepri (USA) vs J Isner (USA)

Looks a good day today. I originally wanted to go today to see the top 4 seeds but left it too late to get my ticket and today was sold out so went yesterday instead. Kohlshreiber - Ferrero is a rematch of last year's final in the 2nd round this time. Could be a good one.
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #10 on: January 13, 2009, 09:59 PM »
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Think the online camera is behind me so you wont see me. But im 4 rows back about in line with the umpire and wearing a light blue shirt.


Yeah the internet camera is coming from the stand I was in. I would have probably been just outside the bottom left corner of the screen. Had it been at the other end I could told you exactly where I'd be. As I was near the front I was actually spotted on TV quite a few times when players were serving from my end. So people tell me anyway. lol
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #11 on: January 13, 2009, 10:43 PM »
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CENTER COURT start 11:00 am
Y Lu (TPE) vs [4] N Almagro (ESP)
[1] J Del Potro (ARG) vs E Gulbis (LAT)
M Gicquel (FRA) vs [2] D Ferrer (ESP)
[3] R Soderling (SWE) vs B Reynolds (USA)
Not Before 7:30 PM
[5] P Kohlschreiber (GER) vs J Ferrero (ESP)
I Kunitsyn (RUS) / D Martin (USA) vs [2] S Lipsky (USA) / L Paes (IND)

COURT 4 start 11:00 am
[6] S Querrey (USA) vs G Muller (LUX)
M Kohlmann (GER) / P Petzschner (GER) vs S Huss (AUS) / R Hutchins (GBR)
Go Hutchins and Huss.  cmon yeah

Del Potro v Gublis looks an interesting match as well.
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #12 on: January 13, 2009, 10:48 PM »
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Unfortunately you won't be able to see court 4 online, just centre court.
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #13 on: January 13, 2009, 10:50 PM »
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I'll probably be in bed when it starts anyway.
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Re: Heineken Open - Auckland « Reply #14 on: January 14, 2009, 08:07 AM »
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Hutchins and Huss lost 4-6 6-4 10-8. Frown
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