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2005 Mar 22 - Brits prepare for NASDAQ-100

Tim Henman has received a bye into the second round of the NASDAQ-100 Open in Miami, while compatriot Greg Rusedski faces a qualifier in the opening round.

The British No.1 appears less concerned with the competition and more concerned with the weather conditions in Miami. He said:

"It's very challenging playing in Miami because of the heat and humidity, which is a tough combination.

"It can also be very windy so I need to have a realistic expectation of how cleanly I should be hitting the ball."

Last week Tim fell at the quarter-finals stage of the Pacific Life Open which resulted in dropped world ranking points because he reached the final in 2004. Tim is therefore hoping to regain the dropped points, and he will by progress further than the second round in Miami, where he fell last year. Tim told his personal website:

"I was a bit disappointed with my last match in Indian Wells.

"But I'm fortunate that I've got a chance to make amends in another Masters Series event so soon afterwards.

"I've still got a few days to work on my game before I play and I'm hoping to make the most of that time to be in the best possible shape by the time my first match rolls around."


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