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Tentative schedule for the summer (subject to change):
~ 2 weeks German Tennis League
~ one challenger in Austria
~ one challenger on hardcourt in the US
~ US Open qualification
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08/16/04 - 08/22/04:
 
Fred isn't playing any (challenger) tournaments this week.
 
                                              His current rankings:     198 in the champions race 
                                                                                         213 in the entry ranking
 
 

08/13/04 & 08/15/04:
 
German tennis league, first division.
Team: Blau-Weiss Neuss
Team based in: Neuss, near Dusseldorf, Germany
Other players in this team: Thierry Ascione, Frederico Browne, Potito Starace and others.
Website: www.tennisbundesliga.de (in german)
 
 
Blau-Weiss Neuss had to play in a degradation group of 4 teams... The team to finish the number 4 is the one who would get degraded, out of the first division to the second division.
 
Blau Weiss Neuss - TC Bamberg @ 13 August:
BWN won 7-2 (Fred wasn't there, because he was playing the Graz challenger.
 
TC Bamberg - Blau Weiss Neuss @ 15 August:
This time, not playing at home, BWN lost 3-6.
Fred won a singles match against Michael Mertinak(SVK) 6-2, 3-6, 7-6(1)
He lost his doubles match alongside Hernandez to the Bamberg team of Sanguinetti/Mertinak 2-6, 5-7
 
Eventually, TC Bamberg was the unlucky team to finish last in the group and so they are the team to fall out of the first division.
 
 

08/09/2004 - 08/15/2004:
 
S Tennis Masters Championship
Graz, Austria
Challenger tournament
Surface: Hard
Draw size: 32
Prize money: €25,000+H
 
In the first round in the singles draw, Fred did really well, beating Jean-Claude Scherrer from Switzerland 6-4, 6-3.
Second round brought him another straight set victory over fourth seed Razvan Sabau from Romania (ATP 170), set scores: 7-6(3), 6-3.
Quarter final against another seed , number 6 seed Michael Berrer from Germany, was also a match that went Fred's way, 4-6, 6-2, 7-6(2).
In the semifinal against Jan Minar the result was not that good, Fred lost 6-0 6-4. He seemed to be turning it around when he broke Minar, while Minar was serving for the match, but Fred got broken in his own serve game after that anyway...
 
 
No doubles matches for Fred during this tournament.

 
 
07/30/2004 - 08/07/2004:
 
German tennis league, first division.
Team: Blau-Weiss Neuss
Team based in: Neuss, near Dusseldorf, Germany
Other players in this team: Thierry Ascione, Frederico Browne, Potito Starace and others.
Website: www.tennisbundesliga.de (in german)
 
 
Blau-Weiss Neuss is in group B, a group of 4 teams that also includes Blau-Weiss Sundern (the ruling German champion), Kurhaus Aachen and Ruppurr Karlsruhe. There's also a group A with 4 other German teams.
In every meeting between 2 teams 6 singles matches and 3 doubles matches are played...
 
 
First day of play - Sunday 18 July (Fred wasn't there):
Blau-Weiss Neuss - Blau Weiss Sundern          0 - 9
 
Second day of play -  Sunday 25 July (Fred wasn't there):
Kurhaus Aachen - Blau-Weiss Neuss         5 - 4
 
Third day of play - Friday 30 July:
Ruppurr Karlsruhe - Blau-Weiss Neuss    4 - 5
~Fred defeated Frank Moser (GER) 6-2 3-6 6-4
~Fred and Frederico Browne lost to Brzezicki/Trujillo 0-6 4-6
 
Fourth day of play - Sunday 1 August:
 Blau-Weiss Neuss  - Kurhaus Aachen   4 - 5
~Fred defeated Santiago Ventura (ESP) 6-3 6-4
~Fred and Tomas Tenconi lost to Guzman/Carril 5-7 6-7(3)
 
Fifth day of play - Friday 6 August:
Blau-Weiss Neuss - Rüppurr Karlsruhe   3-6
~Fred lost to Francisco Costa(BRA) 3-6 7-5 3-6
 
Best two teams of each group will face eachother in the semifinals at Friday 13 August, looking at the scores BW Neuss probably won't be one of them...
 
 
 

 
07/19/2004 - 07/25/2004:
 
SAA Hilversum Open
Hilversum, The Netherlands
Challenger tournament
Surface: Clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: €125,000+H
 
Fred defeated compatriot John van Lottum in the first round, 7-6(6), 6-3.
Fred's second round match wasn't a very pretty one. He lost to compatriot Peter Wessels 6-4 6-0. Neither one of them got to show their best tennis, in what was a very error prone match...
 
In the first round of the doubles, Fred and Melle van Gemerden(NED) played against Remko de Rijke and Bram Ten Berge, both also from the Netherlands. Fred and Melle got into the second round with 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Their next opponents were Frank Clausing(NED) and Boy Wijnmalen(NED), Fred and Melle advanced in a great 3 set match: 6-2 4-6 6-2.
In the semifinals it was the team of Veronelli/Delfino(ARG) who got defeated by the dutch team: 6-2 7-6 to Fred and Melle!
Fred and Melle won the final against Savolt(HUN)/Trifu(ROE). This 2 tiebreak match, 7-6(3), 7-6(3),  was played inside due to rain.
 
Congratulations to Fred and Melle!
 
 

07/12/2004 - 07/18/2004:
 
The priority telecom open
Amersfoort, The Netherlands
ATP tournament
Surface: Clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: € 375750
 
Fred reached the second round of qualifying singles by defeating Marc-Kevin Goellner(GER), 6-3, 6-1.
Fred got into the third round with 6-4, 1-6, 7-6(7). He survived 2 matchpoints in the third set against Francisco Fogues from Spain.
Unfortunately Fred lost the third round against Alejandro Falla from Colombia, 6-3, 6-4,
 
Fred and Dennis van Scheppingen got a wildcard for the doubles draw. In the first round they defeated Artoni(ITA)/Benfele Alvarez(ESP), 6-4, 6-2.
Unfortunately they lost the second round to Levinsky/Skoch(TSJ), 6-3, 6-1.

07/05/2004 - 07/11/2004:
 
Siemens Open
Scheveningen, The Netherlands
Challenger tournament
Surface: Red clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: US$75000
 
Fred lost to the number 2 seed Thierry Ascione (FRA) in the first round with 7-6, 6-3.
 
Dennis van Scheppingen and Fred are playing doubles together. They defeated another all Dutch team, Robin Haase and Steven Korteling, in the first round with 6-3, 3-6, 6-3.
Their opponents in the second round, Benfele Alvarez and Lopez Moron from Spain, got a walkover. Because Dennis has an injury on his lower back.
 

06/28/2004 - 06/04/2004:
 
Netherlands F2 futures
Heerhugowaard, The Netherlands
Future tournament
Surface: clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: US$15000
 
Fred's opponent in the first round was Romano Tatuhey, also from Holland. Fred got in the second round by defeating Romano with 6-3, 6-3. In the second round Jun Kato from Japan was defeated by Fred with 7-5, 6-4.
Fred defeated Diego Hartfield (ARG) in the quarterfinal, 0-6, 6-0, 7-6. And Fred reached the final with a win (6-3, 6-3) over another countryman, Melvyn op der Heijde.
In the final he met another guy from Holland, Melle van Gemerden. Unfortunately Fred lost with 6-3, 6-3.
 
In the doubles tournament Fred teamed up with Jesse Huta-Galung(NED). Their opponents Arber(AUS)/Horyna(SUI) got a walkover.
 
 

 
06/21/2004 - 06/27/2004:
 
Netherlands F1 futures
Alkmaar, The Netherlands
Future tournament
Surface: clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: US$15000
 
This week Fred played another future tournament as the number 1 seed. The first round was pretty easy, he defeated Jun Kato from Japan, 6-2, 6-3.
Fred won the second round easily by winning over compatriot Michel Koning with 6-0, 6-4. But Eric Prodon from France interrupted Fred's way to the final. Fred lost with 7-5, 6-3.
 
Fred and Paul Logtens(NED) will play together in the doubles tournament. The number 2 seeded team reached the second round by getting a walkover from Prpic(SWE)/Sirianni(AUS).
The third round was against compatriots Melvin op der Heijde and  Melle van Gemerden. Melvin and Melle defeated Fred and Paul with 6-4, 6-2.

06/14/2004 - 06/20/2004:
 
France F8 futures
Blois, France
Future tournament
Surface: clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: US$15000+H
 
While almost everyone thought that Fred was going to play at the Ordina Open in Rosmalen, he's going to play in France.
He didn't have much luck there. The number 1 seed lost the first round to Jeroen Masson from Belgium, 5-7, 6-4, 4-6.
 

05/29/2004 - 06/13/2004:
 
Dutch tennis league
First league
Fred is playing for dutch team Intervaluta Hilverheide, based in Hilversum, at the same tennis park where the challenger tournament of Hilversum is played.
 
Fred had a busy day on the 6th of June. He played singles and doubles in the fifth round. He won both of them. The singles match was against Pondman(NED) with 6-4, 3-6, 6-2 as the result. Fred and his partner Dennis van Scheppingen(NED) defeated De Gier/Pondman(NED) with 7-5, 6-2 in their doubles match. 
 
In the fourth round Fred played doubles with Peter Wessels and they won their match with 3-2, because their opponents Behr/Silcock(ISR/AUS) got diskwalified. In his frustration about a lost service game Behr threw his racket away and it accidently hit a woman in the audience, who got slighty injured.
 
He played doubles in the first round (29 May), with John van Lottum. Unfortunately they lost their match to Navarro/Rojer (SPA/CUR), 5-7, 2-6 , but Hilverheide is still in the lead after two rounds.
 
 
All the Hilverheide Results
 
 

 
05/17/2004 - 05/23/2004:
 
Sporting Challenger 2004
Turin, Italy
Challenger tournament
Surface: clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $25,000+H
 
After a little break, for whatever reason that was, Fred is now in Italy again. He played Hermes Gamonal (CHI) in the first round. Unfortunately it was another first round loss...
The result: 3-6 6-2 6-1.


 

05/10/2004 - 05/16/2004:
 
Again Fred isn't playing any (challenger) tournaments.
We've heard that he was injured when playing soccer, but it's a rumour, we don't if it's true.
 
His current rankings:  151 in the champions race
                                   236 in the entry ranking
 
 

05/03/04 - 05/09/04:
 
Fred isn't playing any (challenger) tournaments this week.
 
                                              His current rankings:     149 in the champions race 
                                                                                         224 in the entry ranking
 
 

04/26/2004 - 05/02/2004:
 
Garden open 2004
Rome, Italy
Challenger tournament
Surface: Red clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $25,000+H
 
Once again, no long singles tournament for Fred. He lost in the first round to number 7 seed Jiri Vanek 3-6 6-3 6-4.
 
In the doubles he is a seeded player himself, together with the German Thomas Behrend he's the number 1 seed.
The number 1 seeds are still in the game, they reached the second round by defeating Bazzica/ Da col(ITA), 6-4, 6-2.
They have met  Daniele Giorgini and Manuel Jorquera, both Italian, in the quarterfinals and they lost with 6-2, 6-4.

 

04/19/2004 - 04/25/2004:
 
Tennis Napoli Cup
Napoli, Italy
Challenger tournament
Surface: Clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $25,000
 
 In the first round Fred defeated 22 year old Boris Pashanski from Serbia 7-5 6-3.
We already thought the second round would be a lot tougher with the opponent being Vladimir Voltchkov (BLR) and unfortunately we were right. Fred lost the match, in 3 sets, 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-2.
 
And apparently teaming up with the person you lost to the week before, is the way to go for Fred. Last week he suffered a first round loss in the doubles draw to Azzaro and his partner.
Fred and his Italian partner are defeated by the all Italian team of Petrazzuolo and Starace, who entered the main draw with a wildcard, 6-2, 6-4.
 

04/05/2004 - 04-11-2004:
 
Challenger Citta' Di Olbia
Olbia, Italy
Challenger tournament
Surface: Clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $25,000
 
 Fred defeated third seeded Alessio Di Mauro(ITA) with 6-1, 6-3. Looking at these numbers his first round wasn't as hard as we'd expected .
The second round turned out a lot worse, Fred was defeated by Diego Moyano(ARG) with 6-4, 7-5.
 
Fred also plays doubles this week. Together with his partner Kristof Vliegen from Belgium he was first up against the all Italian team of Alvarez and Azzaro. Unfortunately they didn't start off like we hoped they would, suffering a straight set loss in that first round:  6-3 6-2...
 
 

03/30/04 - 04/04/04:
 
Open Barletta
Barletta, Italy
Challenger tournament
Surface: Clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $25,000
 
In the qualies Fred had a first and second round bye. In the third and final round he faced Gorka Fraile from Spain...
No luck for Fred in Italy either, the final qualification round went Fraile's way 6-4 6-1.
 
Fred got a second chance in Italy. John van Lottum withdrew because of a pulled back muscle. Fred replaces him as the lucky loser.
Unfortunately he lost the first round to Didac Perez, 1-6, 6-3, 5-7.
 

03/22/04 - 03/28/04:
 
Open Mutouest
Saint Brieuc, France
Challenger tournament
Surface: Indoor Red Clay
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $25,000
 
In the singles tournament Fred was defeated by fellow Dutchie Peter Wessels in the first round, 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-2.
 

 
03/08/04 - 03/21/04:
 
Fred isn't playing any (challenger) tournaments this week.
 
                                              His current rankings:     135 in the champions race 
                                                                                         201 in the entry ranking
 
 

03/01/04 - 03/07/04:
 
Shimadzu All Japan Indoor
Kyoto, Japan
Challenger tournament
Surface: Carpet (Spuckturf)
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $25,000
 
In the singles tournament Fred, the fourth seed, reached the second round by defeating Robin Vik (CZE), 7-6(4), 6-3.
Sadly Fred lost his second round match to Ivo Klec from Germany 7-6(5), 6-3.
 
In the doubles tournament Fred will again team up with Rik de Voest (RSA), they are seeded first. They reached the second round by defeating Kato(JPN) and Kwon(Kor), 6-4, 7-5.
Reaching the semifinals was even easier with the team of Bruthans(SVK) and Stakhovsky(UKR) handing Fred and Rik a walk-over in the quarter final.
Krajan/Zovko(CRO) are history, 6-3, 6-2. 
Fred and Rik claimed another doubles title by defeating Lu(TPE)/Marshall(USA), 6-3, 6-7(8), 6-4.
 
Fred and Rik really are a good team ... congratulations on their second doubles title in two weeks!
 
 
 

02/23/04 - 02/29/04:
 
Heineken Challenger 2004
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Challenger tournament
Surface: Hard (plexipave)
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $50,000
 
In the singles tournament Fred suffered another first round loss. He was seeded 6th but that didn't seem to help him. He lost the match to Victor Bruthans (SVK) 7-5 6-4.
 
In the doubles tournament Fred teamed up with Rik de Voest (RSA). They are seeded first in this tournament.
The first round was an easy win for the guys; a 6-1 6-4 win over Ratiwatana/Ratiwatana from Thailand.
The quarter final was another straight set win for Fred and Rik, they defeated the Greek-Japanese team of Economidis and Kato 7-6 (7) 6-4.
In the semies Fred and Rik lost their first set but won nontheless, this time their victims were the third seeded team of Lu (TPE) and Udomchoke (THA) 6-7(4) 6-4 6-4.
In the final they defeated wildcard entries Kutsenko (UZB) and Schukin (RUS) to clinch the doubles title!

02/16 - 02/22/04:
 
ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
ATP International Series Gold  tournament
Surface: Hard (greenset)
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $690,000
 
Tournament director Richard Krajicek gave Fred a wildcard to enter the singles qualifying draw.
Clearly frustrated by his game he lost in the first round to Michel Kratochvil, the number 7 seed from Switzerland 6-4 6-4.
 
In the doubles draw Fred played with Dennis van Scheppingen (NED) against the team of Erlych and Ram (ISR). Unfortunately the Dutch guys lost 6-3 6-4. 

02/02/04 - 02/08/04:
 
USTA Men's Challenger of Dallas
Dallas, Texas, USA
Challenger tournament
Surface: Hard (plexiplave)
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $50 000
 
In the first round of the singles tournament Fred scored a win over Belgian wildcard entry Steve Darcis; the result was 6-3 6-2.
But he lost in second round to third seeded American Robert Kendrick in a close match 7-5 7-6(1).
 
He also entered the doubles draw, once again with the likes of Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany. In the first round they came up against the American fourth seeded team of Ayala and Bowen and unfortunately they lost this tight match 7-6 (5), 6-7 (9), 6-3.
 
 

01/26/04 - 02/01/04:
 
Hilton Waikoloa Village USTA Challenger
Waikolova, HI, U.S.A
Challenger tournament
Surface: Hard (plexiplave)
Draw size: 32
Prize money: $50 000
 
In the singles qualifying draw Fred is seeded number 1 and has a first round bye.
In the second round he defeated Diego Ayala with 6-1, 3-6, 6-3.
Fred lost to Zbynek Mlynarik from Austria with 6-4, 5-7, 3-6 in the third round.
 
Fred and his partner Philipp Kohlschreiber (GER) lost the first round of the doubles to Yen-Hsun Lu(TPE) and Danai Udomchoke(THA), 6-7(4), 4-6.

01/19/2004-01/25/2004
 
Fred's rankings are:
47 in the champions race 
197 in the entry ranking
 

01/15/2003 - 01/18/2004:
 
Australian Open
Melbourne, Australia
Grand Slam qualifying tournament
Surface: Hard
Draw size: 96
Prize money: $403,454
 
In the first round of the singles qualifying tournament Fred defeated Juan-Pablo Guzman from Argentina 4-6 6-4 8-6.
Daniel Elsner, the number 22 seed from Germany, retired 6-3,3-0.
Unfortunately Fred lost to Michal Tabara in the third round 6-3 6-0, on the verge of entering a Grand Slam draw...
There is a very very small chance that Fred can still enter the main draw as a lucky loser if one of the players in the main draw withdraws...
 
 

 
01/12/2003 - 01/19/2004:
 
Heineken Open
Auckland, New Zealand
ATP Tournament
Surface: Hard (Rebound Ace)
Draw size: 32
Prize money: 404 000
 
In the first round of the singles qualifying tournament Fred defeated Massimo Dell'Acqua from Italy 6-2, 4-6 6-3.
He went on to beat Jeff Salzenstein in the second round, the seventh seed from the USA lost to Fred 6-3 1-6 4-6.
Fred obviously kept the momentum going, beating number 1 seed Andrei Pavel 7-5 6-7(4) 6-4 to qualify for the main draw.
 
In the first round of the main singles draw of the Heineken Open Fred humbled Robin Soderling(SWE) 6-2, 6-3. 
In the second round Fred lost pretty bad to Vince Spadea (USA), the fifth seed 6-1, 6-2.
But because of the loss he is able to be in Melbourne in time for the Australian Open qualies.
 
 

12/29/2003 - 01/04/2004:
 
ATP Challenger 2003
Noumea, New Caledonia
Challenger tournament
Surface: Hard
Draw size: 32
Prize money: 25000 + H
 
In the first round of the singles tournament Fred defeated Stephen Huss, a qualifier from Australia 6-2, 6-4.
In the second round Fred defeated Petr Kralert(CZE), the sixth seed 6-0, 5-7, 7-5.
In the quarter final he lost a close match to young Aussie Todd Reid 2-6, 7-6, 4-6.
 
In the first round of the doubles tournament Fred and his partner (and coach) Tom Nijssen had a great win over the team of R. Azougga(AUS) and A. David(FRA) in the form of a 6-0 6-0 score.
In the next round Fred and Tom gave their opponents Kohlschreiber (GER) and Marach (AUT) a walkover into the semi finals. Official reason for their retirement was Tom's back injury.
 
















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