Qualification. February 7.

    Press - release

    February, 9. It`s the date, when for the fourth time professional tennis tournament "St. Petersburg Open" will begin. Prize money of the tournament - 340.000$.

    Unfortunately Carol Cucera and Nicolas Escude- sensational semifinalists of last "Australian Open" who agreed at first to come, will not. But even without them the list of players who will take part in this tournament impresses. Number one seeded player will be Richard Krajicek, who accepted the invitation of organizers and got one of 3 wild cards. (Artem Tchernenko from St. Petersburg got one other and the owner of the last one will be known on Sunday). Also the favourites of the coming tournament are - Cedric Pioline, Fabrice Santoro, Mark Rosset, Thomas Johansson.

    (winner of "St. Petersburg Open`97"), Dominic Hrbaty, Mark Goellner and Daniel Vacek. From the players who were not seeded we can mention Arnaud Boetsch,Renzo Furlan, Martin Damm, David Prinosil.

    On Sunday in press center the draw ceremony will take place.