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Edition No. 92

Date:- 29 March 2003

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By Mike Doran.
NORTHERN Vision Limited announced earlier this week the cancellation of the Liverpool International Tennis Tournament for 2003.
Promoter Anders Borg said he had 'little choice' in making the decision after the ATP consulted with the LTA, who refused to waive a rule that prevents ATP top 50 players competing in a tournament within 100 miles of an ATP event.
The ATP rule centred on that fact Liverpool lies within 100 miles of Nottingham 'as the crow flies', despite the fact the venue - Liverpool's Calderstones Park is 106 miles by road from the Nottingham Tennis Centre.
After successfully hosting the event last year, won by former US open champion Marat Safin, Borg slammed the ruling bodies in tennis for using petty rules to stop the sport growing, “This is a sad day not only for me, for the event and for Liverpool but for tennis as well. Last year was a fantastic start for a new event and the players and the city saw that it could grow into something special. This year we had 5,000 children signed up to see players and be coached."
”Tennis fans will be asking the ATP and LTA where can I go now? Or are the ATP and LTA happy that tennis fans are being deprived of tennis? And given the ruling we had no option but to inform Liverpool city council that we had to cancel the event due to this absurd ruling''

The Office of Fair Trading is now investigating the conduct of the ATP/LTA in this matter.
Beatle McCartney coming home to Rock the Dock
By Dominic Bonner
COUNCIL leader of Liverpool Mike Storey has been in secret  negotiations with Paul
McCartney's promoters for several months, playing a key role to ensure a massive gig on June 1at the Kings Dock. 

The final date of the former Sir Paul’s tour 'Back in the World' - that began in Paris last month - will take place on the Mersey waterfront. The gig is part of Paul McCartney's first global tour since the 'New World' tour of 1993. The two and a half hour, 36-song show caused crowd mania last year in Mexico, Japan and America - where it was dubbed ‘the greatest hits show on Earth’. 
Announcing the concert, Macca said:- "I can't do a world tour without bringing it back home." 

THE Liverpool City Centre "Big Bang" fireworks celebration planned for April 4th as part of the Liverpool Grand National Festival has been called off as organisers felt it would be insensitive to go ahead with the event in view of the current situation in the Middle East.

Chas Cole of CMP Entertainment said:- "Explosions and bright lights in the
night at this time of war is inappropriate and the decision has been made to

The Martell Liverpool Grand National Festival is one amazing week of sport, entertainment and culture in and around Liverpool, held from March 31st to April 6th. 

Other highlights of the festival include The Big Screen Party in Vhavasse park on Saturday afternoon, April 5th, Everton and Liverpool going head to head in "The Derby, Red vs Blue" at The Royal Court Theatre, The Best of Rawhide comedy show also at the Royal Court Theatre, the Martell Grand National Festival Ball at St George's Hall and dozens of other events across the city. "

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