Hewitt will meet powerful Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro in the AAMI Classic final at Kooyong after Del Potro continued his steady improvement with a 6-4 6-1 win against Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis today.
The schedule for tomorrow is as follows;
Tomas Berdych (CZE) v Marcos Baghdatis (CYP)
Followed by the final:
Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG) v Lleyton Hewitt (AUS)
Pre final entertainment is Andrew Wishart - runner up x-factor
Czech, TOMAS BERDYCH (ranked 6), has clinched eighth spot in the 2013 AAMI Classic field.
The last minute coup by Tournament Director, Colin Stubs, was sealed late yesterday when he received a phone call from a close friend of Berdych’s and the AAMI Classic, IVAN LJUBCIC, who told Stubs that Berdych, having reached the quarter-finals in Chennai, needed more matches. Stubs jumped at the chance to secure the world no. 6 to complete his field.
Berdych is coming off a stellar year, having won tournaments in Montpelier and Stockholm, reaching the finals at Madrid Masters, WTC Dusseldorf and Winston Salem; semis at Monte Carolo,Rotterdam, US Open and Shanghai Masters; quarters at the Australian Open, Dubai, Rome Masters, Halle, Tokyo and Paris Masters.
Berdych joins JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO (7), JANKO TIPSAREVIC (9), JUAN MONACO (12), MILOS RAONIC (13), KEI NISHIKORI (19), MARCOS BAGHDATIS (36) and LLEYTON HEWITT (83), all of whom are expected to attend the PLAYERS’ MEDIA CONFERENCE on Tuesday at Kooyong at 12.15 pm.
Fan Day, in aid of Challenge Cancer, will be held at Kooyong on Tuesday beginning at 11.00 am until 3.00 pm. Celebrities participating include Pat Cash, Andy Lee, Tania Zaetta, Blair McDonough, Tom Wren and X factor runner-up Andrew Wishart, who will open proceedings. Two of Australia’s top juniors will also make an appearance and on site will be the AAMI inter-active marquee, Tennis Victoria inter-active zone, FOX FM street crew, face painters and roving entertainers. The day’s activities will end with a BBQ and entertainment on outside courts by swing band, Orlando Combo.
Day one of the AAMI Classic kicks off on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 11.00 am. Play also starts at 11.00 am on Thursday/Friday with the finals on Saturday beginning at 1.00 pm. Friday is “Kids’ Day” when all children under 16 are admitted free when accompanied by an adult (maximum two children per adult). Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster (www.ticketmaster.com.au or 13 1600).
10am - Gates Open 11.10am - Entertainment from Andrew Wishart (X-Factor runner up) 11.30am - Player introductions on centre court, autograph signings, giveaways 12 noon - Juniors match on Centre Court 12.45pm - 'Survive a Serve' from Badghdatis (TBC) 1.10pm - Legends v Celebs match with Pat Cash, Richard Fromberg, Tania Zaetta, Blair McDonough and more. Andy Lee as chair umpire 2pm - Centre Court concludes. BBQ and entertainment continues in catering village 3pm - Day concludes
(Times and activities subject to change)
During the day there will also be the following;
Fox FM Street Crew Giveaways
Tennis Victoria Interactive Zone
AAMI Interactive Marquee