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Friday September 14, 2012

First Malaysian Open tennis men’s doubles champs to make comeback

PETALING JAYA: Marcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg, winners of the inaugural ATP 250 Malaysian Open men’s doubles event in 2009, are making a comeback after a one-year absense.

The Polish duo, who returned to defend the title in 2010 but lost to the Czech-Slovakia combination of Frantisek Cermak-Michal Mertinak in the final, will compete in this year’s tournament when it is held from Sept 22-30 at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Finalists at the US Open last year, Matkowski-Fyrstenberg won the ATP Masters 1000 in Madrid in May this year and are seventh in the race for the World Tour Finals in London.

Only the top eight qualify to play in London in November.

“We welcome back Marcin and Mariusz for their third appearance in four years ... we enjoy watching them as much as they seem to enjoy playing in Malaysia,” said tournament director Nick Freyer.

“With so many other top doubles players in the draw this year, it won’t be easy for them to make a third final appearance.”

The tournament this year will also see two singles players who used to be ranked in the world’s top-10 – Argentine Juan Monaco and Austrian Jurgen Melzer – teaming up for the doubles event.

The singles draw will be no less interesting with world No. 5 and this year’s US Open semi-finalist David Ferrer leading the charge.

Others in the mix for the singles draw are Monaco (world No. 11), Alexandr Dolgopolov (No. 19), Kei Nishikori (No. 16), Sam Querry (No. 26) and Feliciano Lopez (No. 32).

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