Matches of Formula TX tournament were played on Saturday, February 3. Olympic champions Elena Dementieva and Elena Vesnina along with Grand Slam champions Anastasia Myskina, Iva Majoli, Martina Hingis and Kim Clijsters took part in a PRO-AM format tourney which also featured world-famous hockey players Alexei Yashin, Maxim Afinogenov and some others. Vice-governor of St. Petersburg Vladimir Kirillov and general director of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy Alexander Medvedev also partook. The tournament followed the NextGen formula – 2 sets in the best of 4 format with an eventual super tie-break.
«The lineup of this PRO-AM tennis-hockey tournament is just unbelievable. Some hockey players even flew across the ocean to take part. You gotta really love tennis to make such a long trip. Look at the stars who came here – Hingis, Clijsters, it’s a great honor for us. The new rules that were used in November in the NextGen Finals have received a positive feedback from all our participants», – said board of directors member of St. Petersburg Ladies Trophy, Emeritus Coach of Russia Vladimir Kamelzon who also took part in the tournament.
The finals to be played at the Sibur Arena on Sunday will feature two duos: Timur Shadiev/Elena Vesnina v Alexander Medvedev/Martina Hingis.