Shanghai, China–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–November 10, 2007–The Tennis Masters Cup has enlisted top Chinese photographer Quentin Shih to take the official player portraits of the elite eight-man, eight-team field at the prestigious circuit finale in Shanghai for the second straight year. The player portraits will be available to media for free download Saturday afternoon – to coincide with the Welcome Ceremony – on the official Tennis Masters Cup website at http://www.masters-cup.com/3/media/.
The singles qualifiers, led by ATP World No. 1 and defending champion Roger Federer, have been photographed this year alongside their larger-than-life Terracotta Warrior likenesses. The statues, created by award-winning French sculptor Laury Dizengremel to celebrate the Tennis Masters Cup, will be unveiled as a group Sunday, November 11, at 1:30 p.m. at Qi Zhong Stadium to mark the official opening of the tournament. The exhibit continues throughout the tournament at the Qi Zhong Tennis Centre.
The Tennis Masters Cup gets underway November 11 and concludes with the singles and doubles finals on Sunday, November 18. Federer, a three-time winner of the circuit-finale, will challenge Nikolay Davydenko, Andy Roddick and Fernando Gonzalez in Red Group round robin action, while World No. 2 Rafael Nadal has been drawn against first-time qualifiers Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer and Richard Gasquet in the Gold Group.
In the doubles competition, defending champions Jonas Bjorkman and Max Mirnyi have been drawn in the Gold Group against Paul Hanley and Kevin Ullyett, Martin Damm and Leander Paes and Jonathan Erlich and Andy Ram. Two-time former finalists Mark Knowles and Daniel Nestor play in the Red Group against US Open champions Simon Aspelin and Julian Knowle, Lukas Dlouhy and Pavel Vizner and Wimbledon titlists Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra.
About Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai
The Tennis Masters Cup, co-owned by the ATP, ITF and Grand Slams, is the culminating event of the men’s professional tennis circuit. The top seven players and teams in the ATP Race and Stanford ATP Doubles Race, plus eligible Grand Slam champions, qualify for the eight-man, eight-team round-robin event to be played in Shanghai, China through 2008. The Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai is held at the Qi Zhong Tennis Center, which boasts a 15,000-seat Centre Court Stadium with an eight-piece magnolia-shaped retractable roof, 16 outdoor courts and six indoor courts. The Promoter of the Tennis Masters Cup is Ba-shi (Shanghai) Industrial.
How to Buy Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai Tickets
Tickets can be purchased on-line from the official Web sites:
http://www.masters-cup.com and http://www.masters-cup.com.cn