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Senior exhibitions and tournaments

Philippoussis Replaces Injured Edberg In Zurich

Stefan Edberg, winner in Zurich 2010

from ATP Champions Tour.com

Defending champion Stefan Edberg has been forced to withdraw from the BNP Paribas Zurich Open today because of hip and groin injuries. His place in the eight-man field has been taken by the current No.1 player in the South African Airways Rankings, Mark Philippoussis.

Edberg, who beat Goran Ivanisevic in the final last year, gave himself as long as possible to be fit, but was forced to admit defeat.

"I am very sorry that I can't play in the BNP Paribas Zurich Open next week," said Edberg. "I love playing there and I had a fantastic week last year. It was a very difficult decision to take but health must come before tennis so that I can continue playing in the future. I am not in good enough shape to play four matches at the moment and I really want to be 100% prepared so that I can do my best. I will be in rehab for a while and then hopefully back again 100% to play in the BNP Paribas Zurich Open next year.’Philippoussis, who won the first ATP Champions Tour event of the year last week in Delray Beach, will try to make it two-in-a-row when he arrives in Switzerland. The Australian will have his work cut out with Pete Sampras, John McEnroe, Ivanisevic, Tim Henman, Thomas Muster, Michael Stich and Henri Leconte making up the opposition.

Over the course of his career, Philippoussis had some stunning rivalries with many of the players he will face in Zurich. The Australian announced himself on the world scene by smashing his way past Sampras at the Australian Open in 1996, and also ended Tim Henman's Wimbledon hopes in 2000. He reached the US Open final in 1999, and the Wimbledon final in 2003, losing to Roger Federer.


Maestros del Tenis, third place for Edberg

Stefan Edberg finished third in the exhibition tournament "Maestros del Tenis" held in Santiago, Chile. In the third place match, he defeated Russian Yevgeny Kafelnikov with the score of 6-1 6-2 in just 41 minutes of play.

The tournament was won by home favourite Marcelo Rios, who beat Cedric Pioline 7-5 6-7(5) 10-6 in front of a capacity crowd of 2000.


Stefan beaten in Santiago first match

Stefan Edberg lost to Cedric Pioline 7-6(2) 7-5 in the semifinals of the "Maestros del Tenis" tournament in Santiago. Stefan will play tonight against Yevgeny Kafelnikov for the third place.

The Russian was beaten 6-4 6-4 by home favourite Marcelo Rios, who will play the 1st place final against Pioline.


Schedule of "Maestros del Tenis"

Edberg interviewed by CNN in Chile

Today the "Maestros del Tenis" exhibition tournament starts in Santiago, Chile. Stefan Edberg and Marcelo Rios will be the seeded players who go through to the semifinals without playing the first match.

The tournament schedule is the following:
Thursday, February 17th
19:30 local time (22:30 CET) - Yevgeny Kafelnikov vs Wayne Ferreira
22:00 local time (02:00 CET) - Thomas Enqvist vs Cedric Pioline

Friday, February 18th
19:30 local time (22:30 CET) - Stefan Edberg vs winner Enqvist/Pioline
22:00 local time (02:00 CET) - Marcelo Rios vs winner Kafelnikov/Ferreira

Saturday. February 19th
FInals between the winners and the losers of the two semifinals


Team Russia wins the Hong Kong Tennis Classic

Team Russia won the Hong Kong Tennis Classic for the second successive year. In the doubles match Yevgeny Kafelnikov and Maria Kirilenko beat Stefan Edberg and Aravane Rezai 6-4 6-4.

Here are all the results of the tie:
M. Kirilenko (RUS) b. A. Rezai (EU) 6-3, 4-6, 6-3
S. Edberg (EU) b. Y. Kafelnikov (RUS) 6-4, 6-0
V. Zvonareva (RUS) b. C. Wozniacki (EU) 6-1, 6-0
Y. Kafelnikov/M. Kirilenko (RUS) b. S. Edberg/A. Rezai (EU) 6-4, 6-4

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