All about 2004 Open Gaz de France

The 2004 edition of the Open Gaz de France has been launched. From February 9th to February 15th (qualifications on February 7th and 8th), the best players will meet again in Paris to try to win the 12th edition of the tournament. You can have a look at everything you need to know about this event, which is now an important meeting for the female circuit.

Just before its 12th edition, from December 15th, the Open Gaz de France offers you the opportunity to know everything thanks to its new website: www.opengazdefrance.com. The Open Gaz de France will take place from February 9th to February 15th (qualifications on February 7th and 8th) with a wonderful new line-up and you could follow the French tournament in live on the Internet!

Now, you can obtain all the useful information about the event: organization, line-up, partners, and practical information with the means of transport.

Thanks to the new website www.opengazdefrance.com, you could also follow all the news of the female tournament, with interviews, articles, news, portraits of the players and also chats, forums and games.

From January 12th, a quiz game will allow you to win, everyday, tickets for the tournament.

For the 2004 edition, you will be offered a wide range of services to fully live the event:

– WEB TV : each, there will be a show with interviews, reports in the field house and Julie Halard-Decugis will present a review.

– Direct-live: follow point by point, from the first to the last ball all the matches of this tournament.

– SMS: Receive freely the results of the matches on your mobile.

A high-quality line-up

Like each year, since its first edition in 1993, the Open Gaz de France will welcome a very high-quality line-up, including the best players in the world. Among them, there will be Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams, Amélie Mauresmo, Elena Dementieva, Daniela Hantuchova, Nathalie Dechy and Mary Pierce.

For its 2004 edition, the Open Gaz de France will, once again, have a prestigious line-up. The best players in the world will be there; including three of the five best WTA players. For the first time of her career, Kim Clijsters will play on the GreenSet of the Pierre de Coubertin stadium.

Ranked 1 in 2003, the Belgian player will be determined to win in Paris after losing two finals at the French Open in 2001 and 2003. However, she will have to be careful of the title holder, Serena Williams, who loves Paris, city where she won her first pro title in 1999 and who wants to keep the trophy.

Testud’s come-back

The last edition finalist, Amélie Mauresmo, will also be there to try to conquer the title for the second time after her win in 2001. She did a wonderful end of season 2003, and then she is the French public’s favorite.

Besides the seeded players, we can also count on Russian player Elena Dementieva, who reached the semi-finals last year and Slovakian player Daniela Hantuchova, who would like to shine in Paris after a disappointing season in 2003.

Among the French team, Nathalie Dechy, Mary Pierce, Emilie Loit, Marion Bartoli and Virginie Razzano should be present to create the surprise. We can also notice the Sandrine Testud’s come back, who was away from the court from June 2002, because she was expecting a baby