Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Malaysian Independance Tennis Festival

Let's help them out. The press and promotions are misleading. The Malaysian Independence Tennis Festival comprises 2 parts - the glamour match-ups which are essentially catwalk showtime matches between Sampras vs Federer and Nadal vs Gasquet have COMPLETELY overshadowed the Challenger Series that is on going at the Jalan Duta Tennis Center. I hope those dudes at Jalan Duta have some support and not have to slug it out in front of the Bangladeshi cleaners and the occasional squirrel.




I just got back from the Nadal and Gasquet match held at the Malawati Stadium in Shah Alam. We had excellent seats but picture taking took a beating when we found protective netting in front of us. The rest of the stadium? What can I say - toilets that didn't work, 2 NORTH ENTRANCES?????? What the fish people???? And RM10 hot dogs that tasted like it had been cooked by a blind chef over a match stick. At least there were some trees and bushes around the seasoned old stadium in case Nadal needed to take a piss...

Maybe it was the rain or too much emphasis on Sampras v Federer but the stadium was slightly above half full only.


I'm more familiar with the Stone Cold Stunner than a good forehand, more in tune with the Tombstone Piledriver than Serve and Volley so bear with me as I describe the match.

It was pretty obvious that Nadal came to give the crowd their money's worth. It was a match that bobbed about between careless errors and some nice rallies but overall they were both coasting. Nice contrast in styles - Nadal's power and athleticism and Gasquet's more refined and deft play. Still it couldn't stop me from looking at my watch in the hope I could get back home in time to watch the second half of WWE RAW on the telly.

The end was anti climatic as it seemed Gasquet ran out of gas or just plain interest in the game. Final score 3-6, 6-2 and 6-3 to Nadal.

I've a feeling that Sampras and Federer will be much better as Sampras will have to play his current forms A game which should at least keep Federer on his toes.

Tips - no umbrellas allowed inside the stadium especially if its raining outside and of course the bottled water you're planning on chucking at that girl behind you who can't stop bleating "vamos nadal" for the hundredth time.

In a preview of the upcoming Sampras vs Federer match this Thursday, Fedex beat Pistol Pete 6-3, 6-4 in Seoul last night (20 Nov) in the first of 2 or 3 exhibition matches between them in Asia. Go HERE for the news.

Here are the following matches including the challenger series:

CHALLENGE MATCHES Malawati Stadium, Shah Alam
DATE
MATCH
START TIME
FINISH TIME (APPROX. ONLY)

Nov 22 (Thu)
Clash of TimesPete Sampras vs Roger Federer
8:00 PM
10:00 PM

MALAYSIA OPEN (ATP CHALLENGER SERIES TOURNAMENT)
National Tennis Centre, Jalan Duta, Kuala Lumpur
DATE
MATCH
START TIME
FINISH TIME (APPROX. ONLY)

Nov 17 (Sat)
Malaysia Open (ATP Challenger Series)Qualifying Round
10:00 AM
6:00 PM

Nov 18 (Sun)
Malaysia Open (ATP Challenger Series)Qualifying Round
10:00 AM
6:00 PM

Nov 19 (Mon)
Malaysia Open (ATP Challenger Series)Main Draw 1st Round
10:00 AM
10:00 PM

Nov 20 (Tue)
Malaysia Open (ATP Challenger Series)Main Draw 1st Round
10:00 AM
3:00 PM

Nov 21 (Wed)
Malaysia Open (ATP Challenger Series)Main Draw 2nd Round
10:00 AM
10:00 PM

Nov 22 (Thu)
Malaysia Open (ATP Challenger Series)Main Draw 2nd Round
10:00 AM
3:00 PM

Nov 23 (Fri)
Malaysia Open (ATP Challenger Series)Quarter Finals
12:00 PM
10:00 PM

Nov 24 (Sat)
Malaysia Open (ATP Challenger Series)Semi Finals
3:00 PM
10:00 PM

Nov 25 (Sun)
Malaysia Open (ATP Challenger Series)Finals
4:00 PM
7:00 PM
Remarks:• The above schedule is subject to final confirmation.• The finish time of each day will vary depending on the duration of tennis matches of each day.

6 comments:

Nex said...

Whoa! When I saw those pics I had a major case of Asian Badminton Championship flashback anxiety attack!

*cold sweat*

Chindiana said...

You've obviously blocked the main event that we did in the same stadium dude - remember the kickboxing event?

where the idiot DJ locked the DJ/sound room and went to the toilet and we were all screaming into the walkies to you to stop the music when the Tupac CD went into full play 'on cop killer muthafukers' in front of the crowd?

Nex said...

I remember the kickboxing event perfectly well. Who can forget all the antics of that guy from the local kickboxing association who tried to hijack the event?

I was referring to the layout of this tennis event which bear striking resemblance to the set up of the Asian Badminton Championship we did in S'pore...

Met up with Jimmy at Hotel Peninsular lately?

And who let the dogs out?

Chindiana said...

HA HA! Good old Jimmy. Those were such simpler times bro.

Nah, haven't seen him but still plan on grabbing a few brewskis with that kindly feller when i stay more than 3 hours on singaporean soil!

kelvin said...

u had tix to sampras and u didn't score me one? some friend you are

Chindiana said...

Don't la merajuk Smurfette, the sampras and fedex tix were BOUGHT in advance.