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Sela replaces Monfils at SA Tennis Open

By unknown | Jan 28, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Linda Moreotsene

Linda Moreotsene

Organisers of the South African Tennis Open have lined up Israeli Dudi Sela to replace injured Frenchman Gael Monfils.

The tournament starts on Monday at Montecasino and Sela will join Monfils' countryman and world number seven Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Spain's David Ferrer, Fabrice Santoro and Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus among the top seeds.

This is the first full ATP World Tour event to be staged in South Africa since 1995. Organisers are holding their breath hoping that Tsonga finishes the Australian Open without further incident.

Sela, who possesses a powerful backhand, is ranked 106th in the world but in April last year he was ranked 57th. The 23-year-old's ranking is expected to shoot up next week after he reached the third round of the Australian Open.

Tickets for the tournament will be available at the Montecasino Box Office as well as Computicket.

Matches and ticket prices:

Monday- Day session (from 1pm): R40 centre court and R25 court 1.

Evening session (from 7pm): R40 centre court and R25 court 1

Tuesday - Day session: R40 centre court and R25 court 1 Evening session: R40 centre court and R25 court 1

Wednesday - One session (from 4pm): R75 centre court and R50 court 1

Thursday - One session (4pm): R75 centre court and R50 court 1

Friday- Quarterfinals (4pm): R100 centre court and R75 court 1

Saturday - Semifinals (1pm): R120

Sunday - Final (1pm): R150


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