February 9.

Press- release

Today young tennis players from St. Petersburg met A.Olhovsky in the frame work of "master - class" that took place in SKK today before the official start of "St. Petersburg Open`98". Unfortunately Olhovsky would not play in the tournament because of the injury that he got in December. Artem Tchernenko who was Olhovsky`s assistant will play on Wednesday against M.Rosset. At the same day will be the game between J.Kroslak and R.Krajicek.

In the first match of the day N.Kulti won G.Schaller. In the second set Austrian player refused to continue because of the pain in the right shoulder.

J.Bachelot defeated D.Pescariu (7-5 6-3).The interesting fact is that both of them came to the main list from qualify. But the third qualifier - L.Burgsmuller could not do anything against D.Sanguinetti (2-6 4-6).

Other results of the first day -T.Johansson - G.Pozzi - 7-6 6-2 , H.Dreekmann -K.Ivanov - Smolensky - 6-1,6-2.And in the last match of the day D.Hrbaty won R.Schuttler 6-3,6-4.