RUSEDSKI LOSES SUPERSET FINAL
Greg Rusedski missed out on a £250,000 pay cheque after
being beaten by Mario Ancic in the Superset Tennis final. The
pair traded serves for 20 games before Rusedski lost out on the
third set point to give Ancic an 11-9 win. "I wish I'd lost
in the first round because I wouldn't be feeling so bad now. But
Mario served too well and good luck to him," said Rusedski.
Rusedski took 80 minutes
to beat Boris Becker in the opening round before beating Tommy
Robredo in the semis. Ancic, who defeated Tim Henman at Wimbledon
this year, beat American Robby Ginepri in the first round of the
one-set event and reached the final after overcoming John McEnroe
in a close semi-final. "It's been a great year in England
for me and right now I'm speechless," said Ancic.
Mario Ancic collects the £250,000
Rusedski was able to save two match
"It's my first tournament
win, it isn't an ATP event but it was worth fighting for. I was
just concentrating on serving." British youngster Andrew
Murray also took part but was beaten 6-1 in just 24 minutes by
McEnroe in the first round. "Murray is the type of player
I hope I will be involved with because I think he has the potential
to be a good player," said McEnroe.
"The whole idea is
that I will be helping the Lawn Tennis Association initiative
by working with some kids and he's the obvious choice. "At
first the idea was I would be a figurehead but I want to get down
in the trenches and hit with the kids." The event was a lot
different to normal tournaments with court-side coaches giving
advice and the use of Hawkeye to allow players the chance to challenge
controversial line calls.