11th July, 2012
KUALA LUMPUR: World number five, Spaniard David Ferrer and world no 18, Kei Nishikori of Japan are among the star-studded players who will feature in the RM3.1 million Malaysia Open ATP World Tour to be held at Putra Stadium at Bukit Jalil from Sept 22 to 30.
Tournament director Nick Freyer said Ferrer is the highest-ranked player ever to play in the Malaysian Open as he is this year’s French Open semi-finalist, Wimbledon and Australian Open quarter-finalist and already won 2012 titles in Auckland (New Zealand), Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Acapulco (Mexico).
“Ferrer is currently the 2012 match win leader on the Tour. He has won more matches than any other players including world number 1, Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic (No 2) and Rafael Nadal (No 3),” Freyer said in a statement, here yesterday.
While Kei, currently Asia’s leading player, first played here as a wild card recipient ranked number 170 in 2009.
“This year, he went on to reach the final 32 at Wimbledon and if his form continues, we hope that he will play at the Malaysian Open as a newly minted top 10 players come September,” Freyer said.
The 2012 Malaysian Open, entering its fourth edition this year, is supported by the Ministry of Tourism, under the patronage of Datin Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Prime Minister.
The Malaysian Open will be televised internationally in over 100 countries and will be viewed by an estimated global audience, including Malaysia, of 350 million viewers.
The event is sanctioned by the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM) which is also a founding supporter of the event.
As per tradition, at least two qualifying wild cards will be provided to local players and there will be an opportunity for one or two local players to participate in the main draw of the doubles.
Tickets for the 2012 Malaysian Open will be available immediately through TicketCharge – phone 603-92228811 and also via the tournament’s website http://www.malaysianopentennis.com/2012/tickets.php. The price of tickets remain incredibly competitive, RM10 to RM100, with tickets ranking amongst the least costly of any ATP World Tour tournament anywhere.