Date : February 20, 2013
MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR SECURES US$10,000 (RM29,885) CHARITY DONATION FROM THE ATP WORLD TOUR FOR 'DIGNITY FOR CHILDREN' LOCAL CHARITY

Foundation to receive US$10,000 (RM29,885) through the “ATP ACES for Charity” grant program in 2013

The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, an ATP World Tour 250 tennis tournament which celebrates its 5th anniversary in Malaysia this year, was among 14 successful recipients from around the world in the ATP ACES For Charity grant program for 2013, which awards grants of US$10,000 (RM29,885) each to charitable causes nominated by ATP World Tour players and tournaments.

Entering its third year, the ATP Aces for Charity programme supports a wide and varied range of causes globally, including childhood education in Serbia, tennis programs for disadvantaged youth in Colombia, Portugal and Tanzania, healthcare in Cincinnati, Eastbourne and the Ukraine, and social services for the elderly in Romania.

Date : October 8, 2012
MALAYSIAN OPEN COMES OF AGE IN ITS FOURTH AND MOST SUCCESSFUL YEAR

The 2012 edition saw fantastic attendances, top quality matches, a great atmosphere, an internationally diverse crowd and once against scored top marks from ATP Supervisor

In its fourth year on Malaysian soil, the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012 enjoyed one of its best ever showcases at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil from September 22 to 30, 2012.

Malaysian fans were privy to some of the most exciting tennis matches ever put on display in Kuala Lumpur, including an intense fitting three hour and 4 minute singles finale, which saw second seed Juan Monaco of Argentina take top honours in an emotionally charged 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 victory against Frenchman Julien Benneteau. The match featured the longest ever game tie-breaker in Kuala Lumpur, lasting over 19 minutes and over 15 advantages swinging back and forth between players.

The doubles final was equally exciting as third seeded doubles pair Austrian Alexander Peya and Brazilian Bruno Soares came from a set down to clinch their first ever doubles title together in a nail-biting 5-7, 7-5 (10-7) super-tie breaker victory over the un-seeded Great Britain pairing of Colin Fleming and Ross Hutchins.

Date : September 30, 2012
PICO CAPS ‘PERFECT’ WEEK WITH FIRST HARD COURT TITLE

Third seeded doubles pair Alexander Peya of Austria and Brazilian Bruno Soares come from a set down to clinch first title as partners

In an incredible final match that lasted over three hours, second seeded world No. 11 Juan Monaco of Argentina saw off an intense challenge from world No. 34 Julien Benneteau of France, winning 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 to emerge the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012 Singles Champion here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

It was Pico’s fourth title of the year and his seventh career title, but his first ever on hard court, while Benneteau was left still seeking his first ever ATP World Tour title.

“I’m very happy. We sang a little and went a little bit crazy with the team in the locker room. This week was perfect,” said the jubilant 28-year-old Argentinean, who will head to Tokyo tomorrow for the Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships.

Date : September 29, 2012
BENNETEAU UPSETS FERRER AS MONACO BATTLES BACK TO DEFEAT NISHIKORI

Third seeded doubles pair Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares defeat second seeds to make final

In a thrilling day of semifinals action, top seeded Spaniard David Ferrer suffered a shock elimination from the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012 at the hands of Frenchman Julien Benneteau, losing 6-4, 6-1 to the circuit veteran here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

Earlier, second seed Argentinean Juan Monaco had staged a dramatic come back late in the third set to beat third seeded Japanese Kei Nishikori 6-2, 2-6, 7-6(4) in an epic two hour and 42 minute battle to book his fifth ATP final appearance of the season.

Also a losing semifinalist two years ago, the world No. 5 Ferrer did not quite hit top form as he went down to the 30-year-old Benneteau, who has never won an ATP title before and will make only his seventh career ATP final appearance tomorrow.

Date : September 28, 2012
MONACO, NISHIKORI CRUISE INTO SEMIS AS TOP SEED FERRER SURVIVES DUTCH CHALLENGE

Seventh seed Julien Benneteau also through to set semifinal date with Ferrer as doubles top seeds suffer early exit at the hands in-form British duo

The semifinal matches of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012 are set to be a sizzling affair as all top three singles seeds proved their mettle to win their respective quarterfinal matches held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

Top seeded world No. 5 David Ferrer came back from a set down to overcome a spirited challenge from world No. 97 Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands, defeating him 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in two hours and three minutes on Centre Court.

Ferrer hit an uncharacteristic number of errors as he conceded the first set, but rushed to a 3-0 lead early in the second to level the tie. In a highly engrossing end to the third set, Ferrer saved four break points at 5-4 and showed just why he was the top seed with some exquisite forehand winners under pressure to snatch the victory and a semifinal date with Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

Date : September 27, 2012
FERRER, MONACO AND NISHIKORI THROUGH AS DOLGOPOLOV CRASHES OUT

Davydenko and Sijsling also move through to tomorrow’s singles quarterfinals; Top three seeds in the doubles move into semifinals

Top seed Spaniard David Ferrer swept past Russian Alex Bogomolov Jr. 6-4, 6-2 in one hour and 23 minutes in today’s Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012 second round match at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The 29-year-old world No. 5 took some time to warm up to the courts before hitting his stride against the 27-year-old world No. 90 Russian. He struggled a little with his first serve at only 50% but took control with 76% of second service points won.

“It was a difficult match. The first set was close but after I won the set, I was better and more consistent,” said Ferrer, who will face surprise package Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands in the quarters.

Date : September 26, 2012
CANADIAN POSPISIL MAKES FIRST ATP 250 QUARTERFINAL AS LOPEZ, BENNETEAU AND DAVYDENKO POST FIRST ROUND WINS

Singles draw kicks into high gear tomorrow as top four seeds Ferrer, Monaco, Nishikori and Dolgopolov start campaigns; Doubles top seeds move into quarters

Canadian number two and world No.122 Vasek Pospisil posted his first ever second round victory in an ATP 250 series tournament when he defeated qualifier Michael Yani of the USA 6-3, 7-5 in one hour and 50 minutes on Centre Court to move into the quarterfinals of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012 held here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Pospisil, who came into the tournament as the lowest ranked direct acceptance, is making the quarterfinal of an ATP 250 tournament for the first time, and will face the winner of the second round match between second seed world No. 11 Juan Monaco and wild card Jimmy Wang.

"It's been a great tournament for me. I have had a few good matches and hopefully I can keep my level. I lost to Monaco in straight sets early this year but whomever I play, it will be tough and hopefully I play as well as I did today," said the Canadian.

Date : September 25, 2012
BENNETEAU TO SEEK REDEMPTION AGAINST EBDEN AS DUO POST FIRST ROUND VICTORIES

Fifth and sixth seeds Feliciano Lopez and Pablo Andujar start singles campaigns tomorrow, along with 2009 champion Nikolay Davydenko; Top seeded doubles also set to feature against Malaysian wild card pairing

Seventh seed and world No. 34 Julien Benneteau of France booked his spot as expected in the second round of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012, as he overcame a first set scare to defeat Argentinean Carlos Berlocq 7-6 (7-2), 6-3 in one hour and 30 minutes at the Centre Court of the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

The 30-year-old Benneteau let slip a 4-2 lead in the first set, allowing the world No. 49 Berlocq to break him twice to come back, but the higher ranked Frenchman held his composure in the tie-break to take charge of the match.

The second set saw the Argentinean put up little fight as Benneteau broke him twice, including in the ninth and final game, to take the set.

Date : September 24, 2012
YANI AND POSPISIL STAR IN DAY OF FIRST ROUND UPSETS

Qualifier Michael Yani knocks out fellow American Brian Baker while Jurgen Melzer’s injury gifts Pospisil second round berth; Two of top four doubles seeds in action tomorrow

Singapore-born American Michael Yani pulled off the upset of the tournament so far when he defeated compatriot Brian Baker 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) in one hour and 41 mins in the day’s final match on Centre Court here at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012 held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Qualifying for the main draw of this tournament for the second time in three attempts, Yani is only ranked No. 238 in the ATP rankings, while 27-year-old Brian Baker has been having the season of his career after returning from a long term injury layoff, climbing up several hundred ranking spots up to No. 62 in the last year.

Date : September 23, 2012
MAIN DRAW KICKS OFF WITH MALAYSIAN WILD CARD ARIEZ ELYAAS AND COMEBACK KID BRIAN BAKER

Singles qualifying rounds concluded today with American Michael Yani and Italian Riccardo Ghedin among four to book main draw spots

In tomorrow’s first match on Centre Court, and likely the one most anticipated by fans of the local tennis scene, Malaysian teenage sensation Ariez Elyaas will play for the first time in the main draw of an ATP 250 event, when he takes on Holland’s Igor Sijsling in the first round of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012, held at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

The 18-year-old Ariez, who was only offered qualifying wild cards in the last two years, picked up his first and only ATP tour point when he won in the first round of the Laos ITF Futures held in October last year.

Date : September 22, 2012
TEENAGE MALAYSIAN PAIR GIVEN DOUBLES WILD CARD ENTRY

Singles and doubles main draw for Malaysia Open, Kuala Lumpur also released as first and second qualifying round matches conclude; final qualifying rounds held tomorrow.

Teenage Malaysian tennis rising stars Mohd Assri Merzuki and Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib were given a golden opportunity to play against the best in world tennis as they were handed a final doubles main draw wild card here at the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012, that began today with the qualifying rounds at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Seventeen-year-old Mohd Assri and 18-year-old Mohd Agil will face Polish top seeds and 2009 tournament champions Mariusz Frystenberg and Marcin Matkowski in their first round match on Monday. The Poles were also finalists in the tournament in 2010.

Date : September 21, 2012
LARGEST EVER MALAYSIAN CONTINGENT TO ATTEMPT SPORTING HISTORY AT MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR 2012

Back from injury and with a point to prove, Chinese Taipei national Jimmy Wang is given the second singles wild card nod and will also partner Si Yew Ming in doubles main draw

The 2012 edition of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur has pulled out all the stops in supporting the local tennis scene, handing out wild cards to no less than five of Malaysia’s best tennis players to compete in the US$ 1 million ATP World Tour tournament, which begins Saturday at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil.

No Malaysian has ever won an ATP 250 Series World Tour tennis match before, and this year, it will be up to national number one Si Yew Ming and a host of teenagers, including returning youngsters Ariez Elyaas Deen Heshaam and Ahmed Deedat Abdul Razak, along with debutants Syed Agil Syed Naguib and Mohd Assri Merzuki, to make history.

Date : September 13, 2012
MAIN DRAW DOUBLES ENTRY LIST ANNOUNCED FOR THE MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR

The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012, release the main draw doubles entry list today and that its inaugural doubles Champions from Poland, Marcin Matkowski and Mariusz Fyrstenberg will headline the field. They are seventh in the race for the London World Tour Finals, with the top eight teams qualifying. The pairing won the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur in 2009 as part of their current title haul of 13 tournaments. In 2010 they were also finalists in Malaysia, and clearly feel very comfortable with the court and playing conditions at Bukit Jalil.

In 2011 they were finalists at the US Open and this year they won the ATP Masters 1000 title in Madrid and were finalists in Dubai.

Said Tournament Director Nick Freyer of organisers IMG, “We welcome back Marcin and Mariusz back to KL for their third appearance in four years and enjoy watching them as much as they seem to enjoy Malaysia. But with so many successful tournament winning doubles players in the draw this year, a third finals appearance will be no stroll in the park.”

Date : September 3, 2012
THE “FABULOUS BAKER BOY” GETS FIRST KL MAIN DRAW WILD CARD
RM18,000 OF PRIZES TO BE WON BY FANS


The world of tennis often has stories that capture the imagination of fans and followers of the sport, and the stories of those individuals become quite inspirational. In 2012 one such story is that of the comeback of Brian Baker, the American tennis player who for almost a decade was not able to compete on the Tour because of injuries and surgeries.

Now, at the age of 27 he has been given a second chance. Since late April, Brian Baker has been on a wonderful journey and that journey will be making a transit stop in Kuala Lumpur, as the ATP World Tour weaves its way through Asia in a month’s time.

IMG’s Nick Freyer, Tournament Director of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur today announced that Brian Baker has been given the first main draw wild card for the event to be played 22 to 30 September at the Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil.

Date : August 15, 2012

Date : July 23, 2012
SECOND TOP-10 STAR, AND A TENNIS WIZARD CONFIRM THEIR PARTICIPATION IN THE MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR
FUN NEW INCENTIVE FOR FANS ALSO ANNOUNCED


The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012 is thrilled to announce tennis’ newest Top 10 player, and one of the craftiest and most exciting players on the ATP World Tour, have today confirmed their participation in the US$947,750 ATP 250 tournament, to be held September 22 to 30 at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil.

Top-ten debutant Juan Monaco of Argentina, one of the standout players of the 2012 ATP World Tour season, will be making his first visit to Kuala Lumpur, while the “welcome back” mat will be laid out for the fabulous play of the Ukraine’s World No.17 Alexandr Dolgopolov.

Monaco and Dolgopolov join the previously confirmed David Ferrer of Spain, the World No. 5, who won his fifth title of the year last week in Bastad, Sweden, and the popular Japanese player, and Asian No.1, Kei Nishikori, ranked No. 18.


Date : July 10, 2012
MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR TAKES ANOTHER LEAP FORWARD
GREAT PLAYERS, NEW SPONSORS CELEBRATE 4TH ANNIVERSARY


KUALA LUMPUR: Celebrating its fourth year, the US$947,750 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur ATP World Tour tournament, today announced that brilliant Spaniard David Ferrer, the World No. 5 and Asia’s incredibly popular leading player and World No. 18, Kei Nishikori of Japan, have confirmed their participation in the event, which takes place at Putra Stadium, Bukit Jalil from September 22 - 30.

“With David being a French Open semi-finalist, Wimbledon and Australian Open quarter finalist this year and having already won 2012 titles in Auckland on hard court, Buenos Aires, Acapulco on clay and ’s-Hertogenbosch on grass, he will be the highest ranked player ever to play our tournament,” said Tournament Director Nick Freyer, of organisers IMG. David Ferrer is currently the 2012 match win leader on the Tour. He has won more matches than any other player, including Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer and Rafa Nadal.”

“Kei, who launched his rise to the upper echelons of the rankings last year in KL, first played here as a wild card recipient ranked #170 in 2009. Having recovered from a stomach muscle injury that prevented him from playing at Roland Garros, he went on to reach the final 32 at Wimbledon. If his form continues, we hope that he will play the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2012 as a newly minted top 10 player come September.”


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Ministry of Tourism, Malaysia
Y.B. Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism, Malaysia


“Now in its fourth year, the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur has built a global reputation amongst players and fans as one of the most polished, enjoyable and hospitable ATP World Tour 250 tournaments anywhere,” said Y.B. Dato’ Sri Dr. Ng Yen Yen, Minister of Tourism, Malaysia. “Broadcast into millions of homes around the world and featuring “Malaysia Truly Asia Review” (Hawkeye line calling technology), the tournament is a must see week which sports fans, visitors and residents alike truly look forward to.”

“The Ministry of Tourism and Tourism Malaysia are proud to be associated with this event once again, as it continues to showcase our country through a multitude of media and new media platforms in Malaysia and internationally.”


Date : August 22, 2012
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Date : August 5, 2012
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Date : July 28, 2012
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Date : July 13, 2012
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Date : June 30, 2012
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Date : June 15, 2012
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Date : June 06, 2012
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Date : May 24, 2012
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