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Patrick Rafter

Fast-moving Kiefer is Scud's next target

GERMAN Nicolas Kiefer will have to find a way to spike the booming service game of big-hitting Australian Mark Philippoussis if he is to carry any hopes of winning the Salem Open final at Victoria Park today.

Sunday, 8 October, 2000, 12:00am

'It wasn't so much the heat but the humidity was getting to me and I couldn't control my sweating'

Patrick Rafter, battling the heat and the humidity and a game Jonas Bjorkman, stumbled but regained his footing to ease into the quarter-finals of the Salem Open at Victoria Park yesterday.

6 Oct 2000 - 12:00am

Rafter, Kuerten to clash in SAR

Brazilian ace Gustavo Kuerten and Australia's Patrick Rafter, whose recent form has solidified their reputations as two of the hottest stars on the circuit, have been pencilled in to play in September's US$375,000 Salem Open.

19 Jul 2000 - 12:00am

Agassi claims ATP honour

Monaco: Andre Agassi was named ATP Tour Player of the Year for 1999, ending the six-year reign of fellow American Pete Sampras. The 29-year-old, who won the French and US Opens and was runner-up at Wimbledon, was honoured at the Tour's annual awards gala at the Sporting Club in Monte Carlo.

20 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Seeds advance

Cincinnati, Ohio: Seeded tennis players had it all their own way, with the top six sweeping into the quarter-finals of the US$2.45 million ATP Championships. Top seed Pete Sampras, defending champion and second seed Pat Rafter, Andre Agassi and Yevgeny Kafelnikov led the parade, all easing through in straight sets.

14 Aug 1999 - 12:00am

Sexy Pat reveals brief aspect of tennis attire

What does the sexiest man alive wear under his tennis shorts? US Open champion Patrick Rafter says he doesn't really have a preference.

9 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Rafter in mood for tilt at title

Hong Kong fans knew they had seen a future star - even if the star himself was sick.

Patrick Rafter's debut at the Salem Open, in 1994, was an unforgettable one.

The future pin-up boy of world tennis surprised most people by reaching the final and a meeting with crowd favourite Michael Chang, who, at the time, was still searching for his first Salem title.

3 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Strongest field ever sets the stage for super show

Five Grand Slam champions, two top-10 players, nine from the top 50 and no Pete Sampras to make an 11th-hour pullout. This year's Salem Open is shaping up to be one of the best ever.

Already, organisers of the 10th Salem Open have managed to attract a powerful field, the strongest since the event was first held in 1990.

3 Apr 1999 - 12:00am

Korda joins impressive Open draw

Former Australian Open champion Petr Korda, who earlier this year caused a storm by testing positive for drugs and then escaping suspension, is the latest addition to April's star-studded Salem Open at Victoria Park.

10 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Krajicek joins all-star lineup

Former Wimbledon champion Richard Krajicek has been added to a star-studded lineup for the April 3-11 Salem Open, ensuring the strongest field in the tournament as it celebrates its 10th anniversary.

10 Feb 1999 - 12:00am

Black brushes aside Pozzi to keep HK double hopes alive

Byron Black remains on course for his second Hong Kong title in six months after sweeping into the semi-finals of the US$340,000 Salem Open yesterday.

The in-form Zimbabwean made light work of quarter-final opponent Gianluca Pozzi of Italy, winning 6-4, 6-0 in a brisk one hour and seven minutes at Victoria Park.

11 Apr 1998 - 12:00am

Rain-delayed final highlights old problem

It was Monday morning and organisers were supposed to be taking down the marquees that surrounded the centre court at Victoria Park and congratulating each other on yet another successful Salem Open.

But all the dismantling had to be put on hold. There was still some tennis to be played - in fact, the completion of an important match.

20 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Americans looking 'dandy' for title

If history is to repeat itself, an American player should be a good bet to win this year's Salem Open.

While American players have been dominant in winning six of the eight tournaments to date, it was not that way in the early days of the event when it was known as the Salem Hongkong Open.

20 Mar 1998 - 12:00am

Looking for lift-off

LAST year's finalist, Vince Spadea, is hoping this week's Marlboro Championships can provide him with the same launching pad which propelled Australia's Patrick Rafter to tennis stardom.

American Spadea was beaten by Rafter in last year's final, then watched the Australian go on to have his best year on the circuit, winning the US Open and soaring to number three in the world.

12 Oct 1997 - 12:00am

French Open winner Kuerten confirmed for Victoria Park

Brazil's new sensation Gustavo Kuerten has been confirmed for next month's $5.64 million Marlboro Championships at Victoria Park.

Kuerten, who stunned the tennis world when he won this year's French Open title as an unseeded player, will join German great Boris Becker, Chilean Marcelo Rios, Spain's Albert Costa and eight other players in the October 14-19 tournament.

12 Sep 1997 - 12:00am

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