Tennis greats Agassi, Safin coming to Taiwan
central news agency
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2010-06-04 12:00 AM
Andre Agassi and Marat Safin, two of the biggest names - and personalities - in men's tennis in the past 15 years, will play a series of exhibition matches in Taiwan early next year, the promoter of the event confirmed Thursday.

Agassi and Safin will play in best-of-three matches (with the third set a first-to-10-points super-tiebreaker) at the Taipei Arena on Jan. 6, 2011 and at the Kaohsiung Arena on Jan. 8, 2011.

Jeff Hsu, the CEO of the event promoter Integration Sports Inc., said the two stars have plenty to offer to Taiwan's tennis scene.

"We know that Agassi and Safin are really well-known in Taiwan, so we did our best to invite them to play. They'll bring character, experience, and a passion for tennis."

Both matches will be preceded by a single set match between Taiwan's top pros Lu Yen-hsun and Jimmy Wang and followed by a set of doubles. Hsu would not reveal the appearance fees being paid to the two stars, but he said staging the event will cost a total of NT$75 million.

A first round of advanced ticket sales will take place in mid-June, and tickets will also be available online beginning in early August. Hsu said ticket prices will range between NT$800 and NT$10,000, with the average about NT$3,700 for the roughly 12,000 seats available in Taipei and 14,000 in Kaohsiung.

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