Pacific Life Open Field Player Release for 2007 (1/31/07)

Pacific Life Open Field Player Release for 2007

Written by Todd Elliot   

NUMBER ONE RANKED PLAYERS IN THE WORLD RETURN TO DEFEND PACIFIC LIFE OPEN TITLES

 

Federer And Sharapova Headline Talented Fields Featuring Veterans And

Rising Stars

 

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., January 31, 2007 — The No. 1 ranked men’s and

women’s players in the world, Roger Federer and Maria Sharapova, will

return to defend their Pacific Life Open titles March 5-18, 2007 at

the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Federer and Sharapova will lead

star-studded fields in the most-attended non-Grand Slam tennis

tournament in the world that includes top-ranked Americans James Blake

and Andy Roddick, defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal,

five-time Grand Slam champion Martina Hingis, 2006 Pacific Life Open

finalist Elena Dementieva, and world No. 7 Nadia Petrova.

 

Last year Federer had another one of the best years in tennis history

winning twelve titles including the Australian Open, Wimbledon, the US

Open, four Masters Series crowns including a third Pacific Life Open

title and the year-end Tennis Masters Cup, all while compiling a final

win loss record of 92-5. This past weekend, he began his 2007

campaign by winning his 10th Grand Slam title at the Australian Open.

 

Sharapova had a fantastic 2006 season beginning with her first Pacific

Life Open title, winning her second major, the US Open (Wimbledon ’04

was the first), and three other Sony Ericsson WTA Tour events. This

week she became the No. 1 ranked women’s player in the world, a spot

she has held two other times in her career. She also started 2007 in

strong fashion by reaching the finals of the Australian Open.

 

Blake, who was a finalist at the 2006 Pacific Life Open enjoyed a

tremendous season claiming five ATP titles and in addition reached the

finals of the Tennis Masters Cup before falling to Federer. Roddick,

currently ranked No. 4 in the world, reached the finals of the US Open

in 2006 and added a title at the Masters Series event in Cincinnati.

Nadal, who handed Federer four of his five defeats in 2006, won his

second Grand Slam title at the French Open and four ATP titles,

including two Masters Series victories at Monte Carlo and Rome,

securing his current No. 2 world ranking.

 

Hingis, who returned to action on the Sony Ericsson WTA Tour (SEWTA)

this past year after a three-year hiatus due to injuries, picked up

where she left off winning in Rome and Kolkata, India, in addition to

climbing to No. 7 in the world rankings. She is a former Pacific Life

Open champion capturing the title in 1998. Dementieva, who was a

finalist at the 2006 Pacific Life Open, added two SEWTA Tour titles

last year and reached the quarterfinals of Wimbledon and the US Open.

Petrova had a brilliant 2006 winning five championships while climbing

to a career-high ranking of No. 3 in the world.

 

Other ATP and SEWTA Tour stars that will again descend on the Indian

Wells Tennis Garden include two-time Pacific Life Open champion

Lleyton Hewitt (2002 and 2003), 2007 Australian Open finalist Fernando

Gonzalez, 2004 Roland Garros champion Anastasia Myskina, 2004

Australian Open champion Marat Safin and his sister Dinara Safina,

Argentine superstar David Nalbandian, 2006 French Open semifinalist

Nicole Vaidisova, men’s world No. 3 and 8 Nikolay Davydenko and Ivan

Ljubicic, and American favorites Robby Ginepri and Mardy Fish.

 

As an ATP Masters Series and Sony Ericsson WTA Tour event, each of the

top players in the entry system rankings will earn automatic entry

into the 96-player Pacific Life Open main draw. Up-and-coming stars to

watch for this year are Andy Murray of Great Britain, Gael Monfils and

Richard Gasquet of France, Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus, Tomas Berdych

of the Czech Republic, Novak Djokovic and Ana Ivanovic of Serbia, Anna

Chakvetadze of Russia, Li Na of China, Shahar Peer of Israel and Sania

Mirza of India.

 

The women’s qualifying draw will take place March 5-6 while the men’s

qualifying rounds will be held March 7-8 with 48 players in each draw

vying for 12 spots in the main draws; first-round play will begin

Wednesday, March 7 for the women and Friday, March 9 for the men. The

women’s final will be held on Super Saturday, March 17, which also

will feature men’s semifinal action. The men’s championship will be

held Sunday, March 18.

 

All of these great players will experience something different at this

year’s Pacific Life Open as the tournament will feature Electronic

Line Calling, along with a player challenge system. This system, which

was used throughout the US Open Series, the US Open, and the 2007

Australian Open, allows players to challenge line calls, after which

an official replay will be projected onto soon-to-be installed

in-stadium video boards and simultaneously fed to the television

broadcast. This will allow players, officials, on-site fans and

television viewers the opportunity to see the live results of a player

challenge.

 

About the Pacific Life Open

The Pacific Life Open, a two-week combined ATP Masters Series and Sony

Ericsson WTA Tour is held annually at the beautiful Indian Wells

Tennis Garden, located near Palm Springs in Southern California‘s lush

desert oasis. For information on tickets or travel packages call

800-999-1585 or visit PacificLifeOpen.com.

 

About Pacific Life

Founded in 1868, Pacific Life provides life insurance products,

individual annuities, and mutual funds, and offers a variety of

investment products and services to individuals, businesses, and

pension plans. Pacific Life counts more than half of the 100 largest

U.S. companies as clients1 and is a member of Insurance Marketplace

Standards Association (IMSA), whose membership promotes high ethical

standards for the sale of individual life insurance and annuities.

For additional information about Pacific Life, including its current

financial strength ratings from A.M. Best, Fitch Ratings, Standard &

Poor’s, and Moody’s, visit the company Web site at

www.PacificLife.com. 1 Data compiled by Pacific Life using the FORTUNE

500 list as of April 2006