February 8.

    Press- release

    On the professional tennis tournament "St. Petersburg Open`98" just finished qualifying games.Now we know all 32 players who will persue the cup and the main prize - 45.000$. L.Burgsmuller, O.Delaitre, J.Bachelot and N.Kulti were lucky in qualify.

    At the same time the draw took place in the Press center. Everyone was interested in two Russian players - Artem Tchernenko and Kirill Ivanov - Smolensky. Kirill will play against H.Dreekman (Monday, 5 P.M.), the member of German Davis Cup team (his raiting is 96 now) and Artem`s opponent will be one of the favourite - Mark Rosset.(Tuesday).By the way Rosset comes to St.Petersburg from Split, were he just yesterday played in the semifinal against Greg Rusedski. He lost only in third set on tie - break.

    Number one seeded player Richard Krajicek will fight with Jan Kroslak. It`s gonna be an interesting match, at least because one year ago Kroslak was one of the semifinalists on this tournament.

    From the other results of the draw we can mention the game between the last winner of "St. Petersburg Open"T.Johansson and G.Pozzi( Monday, 6.30 P.M.) Here will be also some other interesting games: M.Damm - D.Prinosil, D.Vacek - R.Furlan, F.Santoro - A.Boetsch.