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15.01.2013.

Eighteen more days until the beginning of the strongest PBZ ZAGREB INDOORS ever

Eighteen more days until the beginning of the strongest PBZ ZAGREB INDOORS ever Zagreb Indoors
Only 18 days remain until the beginning of another edition of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors – never stronger.

- This will be a tournament of very high quality, maybe the highest so far. Along with numerous additional activities, we will provide the Croatian tennis public with both a superb sporting event and a great social scene – announced Branimir Horvat, Director of the PBZ Zagreb Indoors.

- The traditional Players' Party on Wednesday, which all the players are particularly looking forward to, and the Ladies' Day on Friday, when all the ladies will have free admission to the sports hall, will be accompanied by a special programme on Thursday. In cooperation with Children's Television, we will celebrate Hlapić the Apprentice's 100th birthday; there will be children's workshops, socializing with the players and a performance on the centre court.

One novelty entails a Party Zone for the spectators in the tournament Village, where we will all toast to new victories and have great fun after the matches.

All the best Croatian tennis players - Marin Čilić, Ivan Dodig, Ivo Karlović, Antonio Veić, the Croatian son-in-law Marcos Baghdatis, Mikhail Youzhni, Andreas Seppi, Jürgen Melzer and Grigor Dimitrov - will compete in the Dom Sportova sports hall from February 2 - 10. The eighth edition of the only Croatian indoor ATP tournament will gather all the winners except Ivan Ljubičić, who has replaced the tennis court with the role of the tournament ambassador.

- The tournament is very strong, stronger than last year's tournament, and everybody will absolutely enjoy the tennis spectacle! Here are all the best Croatian players, and Baghdatis, last year's winner Youzhni, Seppi, as well as the new star, Dimitrov of Bulgaria, who attracts attention outside the tennis court as well – he is Baby Federer! Also this year, there will be 28 players in the draw, so the four first-seeded players will be free in the 1st round, which means that they will play their first matches on Wednesday or even Thursday – said Ivanišević, adding that all the three wild cards went to the Croatian tennis players – Antonio Veić, Mate Pavić and Ivo Karlović. Since Karlović is third “below the line” for the main tournament, if three players in the main tournament cancel their participation, the third wild card will become free.

- There are many towns which would like to stage this tournament, but it stays in Zagreb, Milan Bandić, Mayor of the City of Zagreb pointed out decisively, and added that this is a sporting event which a metropolis like Zagreb simply must have.
The tournament organization was also highly commended by Petar Skansi, Assistant Minister of Sport.

- Other Croatian towns are slightly envious of Zagreb for its great sporting events, but the capital certainly deserves such a tournament, especially when the winners are Croatian players – said Skansi.

Admission: qualifications - free admission, the beginning of the week – 20 kuna, the semifinals and final – 50 kuna.