Date : September 29, 2013
JOAO SOUSA FIGHTS BACK TO BECOME FIRST PORTUGUESE TO WIN AN ATP TOUR TITLE

In a nerve-wracking match lasting two hours and 18 minutes, Portugal’s Joao Sousa won his maiden ATP title as he surged from a set down to defeat fifth seeded Frenchman Julien Benneteau 2-6, 7-5, 6-4 in the finals of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2013 here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

Currently ranked at no. 77 (although his ranking is set to rise dramatically after this win), the in-from 24-year-old, who beat world no. 4 David Ferrer in the quarterfinals, also became the first player from his country to win a title on the tour.

The win did not come easy, as the top Portuguese struggled to find the rhythm and form he had shown earlier in the tournament, allowing his higher ranked world no.33 French opponent to break him in the sixth and eighth games to take the opener.


Date : September 28, 2013

Date : September 27, 2013

Date : September 26, 2013
SECOND SEED WAWRINKA POWERS PAST BAGHDATIS AS FOURTH SEED MELZER ALSO MOVES THROUGH TO QUARTERFINALS

Switzerland’s world no. 10 Stanislas Wawrinka showed great form as he defeated Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis 6-1, 7-5 in 87 minutes in today’s Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2013 second round match played on Centre Court here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

Second seed Wawrinka displayed to the appreciative Malaysian crowd the kind of form that saw him sweep to the semifinals of the US Open last month, his devastating single-handed backhand helping him whitewash a listless world no. 48 Baghdatis in the first set.

Although the second set proved to be a tighter contest, 28-year-old Baghdatis double-faulted in the eleventh game of the set to gift the number two Swiss a crucial break and ultimately the win.


Date : September 25, 2013
FERRER CRUISES AS ALMAGRO FALLS; BAGHDATIS, TURSUNOV AND SOUSA MOVE INTO SECOND ROUND

Tournament top seed David Ferrer enjoyed a confidence boosting start to his Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2013 campaign as he cruised past Italian qualifier Matteo Viola 6-2, 6-3 in 73 minutes here at Centre Court of Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil to move into the quarterfinals.

The 31-year-old Ferrer, who made the semifinals of this tournament in 2010 and 2012, started off sharp and played an aggressive baseline game against Viola, running the Italian all around the court.

Viola (world No. 140), who made it into the second round courtesy of a kind first round draw against a fellow qualifier, put up a brave fight with some beautiful winners towards the end of the second set, but the 26-year-old never posed much of a challenge to the world No. 4 Spaniard.


Date : September 24, 2013
DAVYDENKO FALLS AS RISING STARS POSPISIL AND CARRENO POWER THROUGH; TOP SEED FERRER AND THIRD SEED ALMAGRO START CAMPAIGNS TOMORROW

Canadian number two Vasek Pospisil lived up to his seventh seeding in the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2013 as he fought back from a set down to defeat Romanian number one Victor Hanescu 1-6, 6-1, 6-3 in one hour and 44 minutes on Centre Court here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil today.

The world No. 40 Pospisil struggled with his serve in the first set but the 23-year-old, who is enjoying his best ever ranking this year, regained his rhythm and confidence in the second set, perhaps as he got used to the speed of the courts.

The third set started off tight, with both men holding serve in the first six games, before Pospisil capitalized on some errors from his 32-year-old world No. 74 opponent, to break his serve in the seventh and ninth games and secure victory.


Date : September 23, 2013
MALAYSIAN RISING STAR ASSRI PUTS UP VALIANT DISPLAY IN DOUBLES DEFEAT; SINGLES SEVENTH AND EIGHTH SEEDS POSPISIL AND DAVYDENKO TO START CAMPAIGNS TOMORROW

In the highlight of the day for local tennis fans, rising Malaysian tennis star Mohd Assri Merzuki and Spanish singles wild card Pablo Carreno Busta put on a truly valiant effort but eventually lost 6-4, 7-6 (8-6) to the Uruguay-Argentina pairing of Pablo Cuevas and Horatio Zeballos in their Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2013 first round doubles match here at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil.

After breaking twice to take a comfortable first set, the Cuevas/Zeballos pairing threatened once again to break early in the second set but the scratch pairing held serve and Assri, relishing the opportunity to play on the big stage, put on an impressive display at the net and executed an exquisite backhand return in the second game of the second set for a 2-0 lead and a real shot of taking the set.


Date : September 22, 2013
KOREAN WILDCARD HYEON CHUNG TO MAKE MALAYSIAN OPEN DEBUT AS RISING STAR CARRENO-BUSTA PARTNERS MERZUKI IN TOMORROW’S DOUBLES OPENER

The ATP 250 Series Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2013 is set to kick off proper with two singles ties along with one doubles match from the main draw being contested on the Centre Court of the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil tomorrow.

Korean 17-year-old wild card entry Hyeon Chung, the 2013 Wimbledon junior runner-up will take on 22-year-old Federico Delbonis of Argentina who is having the best year of his career so far, in what should be a riveting game between two upcoming tennis stars.

Left-handed Delbonis beat Roger Federer in the Hamburg semifinals this year to make his first ATP World Tour final and followed that up with another final appearance in Liberec to climb more than 80 ranking spots this year. He is currently ranked 58.


Date : September 21, 2013
MAIN DRAW FASHIONS GENEROUS RUN FOR FERRER AS WAWRINKA FACES TESTS TO MAKE FINALS
Surprise entry Ashaari finally secures first ATP Malaysian Open match victory for a Malaysian against a foreign opponent in today’s qualifiers

The singles main draw for the ATP 250 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2013 was held today at the Putra Stadium in Bukit Jalil and has set the tone for a tightly contested tournament next week.

Top seed David Ferrer had perhaps the best fortune, drawing three of the four qualifiers in his half of the draw, with the world No.4 slated to play the winner between two qualifiers in the second round.

The bottom half of the draw is likely to see second and third seeds Stanislas Wawrinka of Switzerland and Spain’s Nicolas Almagro marching towards a mouth-watering semifinal match featuring two of the best single-handed backhand players in the world - barring any upsets along the way.


Date : September 12, 2013
GRAND SLAM CHAMPIONS HIGHLIGHT TREMENDOUS DOUBLES FIELD AT MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR

The doubles field at this year’s US$984,300 Malaysian Open Kuala Lumpur is the best and toughest in the event’s five-year history. The event to be staged Putra Stadium, September 21 to 29, 2013.

The draw will be spearheaded by three-time Grand Slam and two time season-ending champion Nenad Zimonjic and his partner Julien Benneteau. The two have had a tremendous season already, as they chase one of the eight places for this year’s ATP World Tour Finals in London.

They won the ATP Masters 1000 Monte Carlo where they defeated Bob and Mike Bryan in the final, they also won Washington where they stopped two of the teams also entered at this year’s Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur – Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky and Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot.


Date : September 10, 2013
LOCAL STARS TO RECEIVE THREE QUALIFYING WILD CARDS PLUS ONE SLOT IN THE DOUBLES MAIN DRAW FOR MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR

RYAN HARRISON GRANTED LAST SINGLES MAIN DRAW WILD CARD; WAWRINKA SIGNALS INTENT WITH US OPEN SEMI-FINAL RUN


Malaysia’s rising tennis stars will once again be given the chance to compete amongst the world’s best as Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur 2013 organisers IMG, together with the Lawn Tennis Association of Malaysia (LTAM), unveiled the three Malaysians who will feature as wild cards in the US$984,300 tournament, to be held from September 21-29 at Putra Stadium, Kuala Lumpur.

Bearing the Malaysian flag will be upcoming teenagers Mohd Assri Merzuki and Syed Mohd Agil Syed Naguib, along with 34-year-old local tennis stalwart Si Yew Ming. Assri has also been awarded a wild card into the main draw of the doubles, where he will pair with an ATP Tour star, as part of the tournament’s ambitions to inspire local players to greater heights.


Date : August 14, 2013

Date : August 5, 2013
MORE PLAYERS & WILD CARDS ANNOUNCED FOR MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR
PAST WINNERS AND FINALISTS RETURNING FOR FIFTH ANNIVERSARY


The US$984,300 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur continues the tradition of rewarding up and coming ATP World Tour stars, and welcoming back past stars, as the countdown begins for the event’s fifth anniversary, to be played at Putra Stadium, Kuala Lumpur from September 21 to 29, 2013.

It is now confirmed that the fast rising 22 year old Spaniard “super talent”, Pablo Carreno, has been given a main draw singles wild card. He will be joined by countryman, friend and rival, 20 year old Roberto Carballes, who will receive a qualifying wild card, with Carreno and Carballes also joining forces to play in the doubles, where they will receive one of two doubles main draw wild cards. Between them, the two are earmarked to follow in the footsteps of their illustrious compatriots, David Ferrer and Rafael Nadal, as future flag bearers of Spanish tennis.

It is also confirmed that the tournaments’ first ever champion, Nikolay Davydenko (2009 - Russia) will return for the fifth year in a row, as will Julien Benneteau (France) and Andrey Golubev (Kazakhstan), the finalists from 2012 and 2010 respectively.


Date : July 25, 2013
FIRST WILD CARD ANNOUNCED FOR MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR
A FAMILIAR FACE RETURNS AND A FUTURE ASIAN STAR REWARDED


The Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur, an ATP 250 tournament announces that two Grand Slam finalists, the ever-popular Marcos Baghdatis and future star Hyeon Chung of South Korea, will participate in the US$984,300 tournament to be played at Stadium Putra, Kuala Lumpur from September 21 to 29, 2013. Baghdatis will be a direct entry whilst 17 year old Hyeon will receive the first main draw singles wild card.

Marcos Baghdatis has been ranked as high as No.8 in the world and has been a finalist at the Australian Open. The often smiling Cypriot is a favourite with Malaysian fans and returns to KL after getting married and becoming a father last year. He has won four career titles and reached another seven ATP finals.

This year Marcos has suffered with injuries to his foot and shoulder, but still managed to reach the semi-finals in Brisbane, beating Gilles Simon and Florian Mayer, and the quarter-finals at the ATP 500 in Rotterdam.

“Kuala Lumpur has been a special event for me and I have always really enjoyed playing there – the tournament fans and staff are so welcoming and friendly, just like being at home. When I was in the final they really gave me so much support, which I remember well, so I am really looking forward to coming back to Malaysia,” said Baghdatis.


Date : July 9, 2013
5TH ANNIVERSARY FOR MALAYSIAN OPEN, KUALA LUMPUR WORLD NO.3 TO GET THE PARTY STARTED

Celebrating its 5th anniversary in 2013, the US$984,300 Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur announces the first marquee players who will play in the ATP 250 tennis tournament, from September 21 to 29, at Stadium Putra, Bukit Jalil. The world’s third ranked David Ferrer will be joined by the popular defending champion Juan Monaco of Argentina, and the world No. 10, Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland.

The Tournament Patron is YABhg. Datin Paduka Seri Rosmah Mansor, wife of the Prime Minister of Malaysia, with the tournament once again being strongly supported by the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia.

“Celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Malaysian Open, Kuala Lumpur as our country celebrates ‘Visit Malaysia Year 2014’, it is only fitting that David Ferrer, the world's third ranked player, has already confirmed his participation, along with our popular defending Champion Juan Monaco of Argentina and a new face for us in KL, Stanislas Wawrinka,” said YB Dato' Seri Mohamed Nazri bin Abdul Aziz, Minister of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia.

“The tournament has established itself as a fan favourite, a favourite amongst players and is one of the most televised and marketed ATP 250's on the Tour. This tournament showcases Malaysia in the finest possible light and the Ministry of Tourism and Culture, Malaysia, is proud of what has been achieved in such a short time and looks forward to even greater domestic and world-wide promotional success in the years ahead.”


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.