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Boy, do I love the Pacific Life Open. Been there many times and can't get enough of it. The drive through the mountains, the desert oasis location, the atmosphere, the stadium, the players - it's the closest you will ever get to a Grand Slam tournament. And for us San Diegans, it's the only one with the top female players within driving distance, after the departure of the Acura Classic from La Costa Resort in Carlsbad.

 

This year I'll have a special reason for going: helping the Tournament Director run a national Tri-Level League Tournament parallel to the Pacific Life Open. Tri-Level League is a relatively new division within the USTA League system, and it doesn't have a regular path to National Championships (yet). Tom Fey, Tennis Director at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden, has agreed to organize a tournament for Tri-Level teams from around the country during the Pacific Life Open's Finals weekend (March 21/22/23). Winners will be able to watch matches for free and rub shoulders with the celebrities. How cool is that?

 

 

TOP 10 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD GO TO THE PACIFIC LIFE OPEN 2008

http://www.pacificlifeopen.com/

 

 

10. Free admission during Qualifying Rounds March 10 and 11

 

 

9. Qualifying Rounds provide a great tennis experience, watch outstanding matches and top players

 

 

8. Tennis Shopping at the Tennis Garden Pro Shop and at Pete Carlson's in Indian Wells

http://www.petecarlsons.com/tennis_main.html

 

 

7. Watch players warm up on the outer cords - you'll never get to be so close to Top 10 tennis players!

 

 

6. Coachealla Valley restaurants! My favorites: and Las Casuelas Nuevas, both moderately priced and in Rancho Mirage.

 

 

5. Celebrity watch. You can see them all over town, but most of the top tennis players stay at the Hyatt Grand Champions in Indian Wells.

 

 

4. Pacific Life Open vendors. On the grounds of the Tennis Garden. try new racquets, have a few margaritas, check out the latest tennis fashions.

 

 

3. Indian Wells Tennis Garden. In my opinion the finest tennis facility on the West Coast. The Main Stadium holds 16,100 seats. Stadium 1 holds 5,000 seats, Stadium 2 holds 3,000.

 

2. Top Men's ATP Tour Players *

ATP

*Rank

*               (as of 1/28/08)

Nation

Federer, Roger\

1

SUI

Nadal, Rafael\

2

ESP

Djokovic, Novak\

3

SRB

Davydenko, Nikolay\

4

RUS

Ferrer, David\

5

ESP

Roddick, Andy\

6

USA

Gasquet, Richard\

7

FRA

Youzhny, Mikhail\

8

RUS

Blake, James\

9

USA

Nalbandian, David\

10

ARG

Berdych, Tomas\

11

CZE

Murray, Andy\

12

GBR

Baghdatis, Marcos\

13

CYP

Canas, Guillermo\

14

ARG

Ferrero, Juan Carlos\

15

ESP

Moya, Carlos\

16

ESP

Robredo, Tommy\

17

ESP

Tsonga, Jo-Wilfried\

18

FRA

Mathieu, Paul-Henri\

19

FRA

Hewitt, Lleyton\

20

AUS

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1. Top Women's WTA Tour Players

 

 

Sony Ericsson WTA

Rank

               (as of 3/10/08)

Nation

Ivanovic, Ana\

2

SRB

Kuznetsova, Svetlana\

3

RUS

Jankovic, Jelena \

4

SRB

Sharapova, Maria\

5

RUS

Hantuchova, Daniela\

8

SVK

Bartoli, Marion\

10

FRA

Vaidisova, Nicole\

14

CZE

Safina, Dinara\

15

RUS

Peer, Shahar\

18

ISR

Radwanska, Agnieszka\

19

POL

Bammer, Sybille\

20

AUT

Zvonareva, Vera \

21

RUS

Schiavone, Francesca \

22

ITA

Li, Na\

23

CHN

Bondarenko, Alona\

24

UKR

Razzano, Virginie \

26

FRA

Mauresmo, Amelie \

27

FRA

Kirilenko, Maria\

29

RUS

Pennetta, Flavia\

30

ITA

Medina Garrigues, Anabel\

31

ESP

Mirza, Sania\

32

IND

Krajicek, Michaella \

33

NED

Knapp, Karin \

35

ITA

Davenport, Lindsay \

36

USA

 

 

 

 

 

Let me know if you're going!

 

 

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