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Published Nov 9, 2015


Brad Parks

Week of
Nov 2 - Nov 8, 2015  


Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

HUAJIN SECURITIES WTA ELITE TROPHY
ZHUHAI, CHINA
NOV 03 - NOV 08
Last yearIsingles champion: Serena Williams (USA) Tier - International
Prize Money: $7,000,000
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

Venus Williams (USA) d Roberta Vinci (ITA) 6-2, 6-2

Karolina Pliskova (CZE) d Elina Svitolina (UKR) 6-3, 6-1

Venus Williams (USA) d Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 7-5, 7-6(6)

Tournament Director: Melissa Pine Draw:
Round Robin, 2 flights

DOUBLES

N/A

C.Liang (CHN) / Y.Wang (CHN) d A.Garrigues Medina (ESP) / A.Parra Santonja (ESP) 6-4, 6-3

WTA Tour
   

Tournament

Info

Classification

Semifinals

Final

Champion

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS
PARIS, FRANCE
NOV 02 - NOV 08
Last yearIsingles champion: Novak Djokovic (SRB) Tier - 500
Prize Money: €3,288,530
Surface: Hard

SINGLES

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) d (4) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0

(2) Andy Murray (GBR) d (8) David Ferrer (ESP) 6-4, 6-3

(1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) d (2) Andy Murray (GBR) 6-2, 6-4

Tournament Director: Guy Forget Draw:
S-48 D-24

DOUBLES

V.Pospisil (CAN) / J.Sock (USA) d D.Inglot (GBR) / R.Lindstedt (SWE) 7-6(6), 6-1

(2) I.Dodig (CRO) / M.Melo (BRA) d T.Berdych (CZE) / R.Stepanek (CZE) 4-6, 6-3, 10-5

(2) I.Dodig (CRO) / M.Melo (BRA) d V.Pospisil (CAN) / J.Sock (USA) 2-6, 6-3, 10-5

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Women's Tour

HUAJIN SECURITIES WTA ELITE TROPHY
ZHUHAI, CHINA
NOV 03 - NOV 08


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SINGLES DRAW - Venus wins Zhuhai & back in Top 10 Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

Venus Williams (USA) d Karolina Pliskova (CZE) 7-5, 7-6(6)


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Venus Williams outslugged Karolina Pliskova to win her third WTA title of the year at the Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai and make her long-awaited return to the Top 10. The final was a hard-fought, hard-hitting affair, with Williams coming out sharper - she raced out to an early 4-1 lead - but Pliskova closing in to 4-all before Williams snuck out the opening set, 7-5. The second set script was flipped. This time it was Pliskova who had the leads, going up 4-2 and, after Williams got the set back on serve, going up 4-2 in the ensuing tie-break. The Czech even brought up a set point at 6-5 in the breaker, ripping an inside out forehand that barely missed the sideline.
But like she's done so many times on the biggest stages all around the world, the No.1-seeded Williams lifted her game one last time to finally close out the No.3-seeded Pliskova, rifling back-to-back forehand winners - including a huge passing shot on match point - to finish her off, 7-5, 7-6(6).
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Photo: Huajin Securities WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - Tour Championships
Prize Money: $7,000,000
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Melissa Pine
Round Robin, 8 players, 2 flights
LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Serena Williams (USA)
LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Cara Black (ZIM) / Sania Mirza (IND)

SINGLES

Seeded
Position 

GROUP A

Country

1
Venus Williams

USA

7
Madison Keys

USA

12
Saisai Zheng

CHN
Venus Williams d Madison Keys
Venus Williams d Saisai Zheng
Madison Keys d Saisaai Zheng
3-6, 7-6(5), 6-1
4-6, 6-1, 6-1
6-3, 6-2

GROUP A

FINAL STANDINGS
1 Venus Williams
2 Madison Keys
3 Saisai Zheng

Seeded
Position 

GROUP B

Country

2
Carla Suarez Navarro

ESP

8
Elina Svitolina

UKR

10
Andrea Petkovic

GER

Elina Svitolina d Andrea Petkovic
Carla Suarez Navarro d Andrea Petkovic
Elina Svitolina d Carla Suarez Navarro
7-6(4), 6-3
6-0, 6-0
6-7(4) 6-1, 6-3

GROUP B

FINAL STANDINGS
1 Elina Svitolina
2 Carla Suarez Navarro
3 Andrea Petkovic

Seeded
Position 

GROUP C

Country

3
Karolina Pliskova

CZE

6
Sara Errani

ITA

9
Jelena Jankovic

SRB
Jelena Jankovic d Sara Errani
Karolina Pliskova d Jelena Jankovic
Karolina Pliskova d Sara Errani
6-4, 7-5
6-4, 3-6, 6-2
6-0, 6-3

GROUP C

FINAL STANDINGS
1 Karolina Pliskova
2 Jelena Jankovic
3 Sara Errani

Seeded
Position 

GROUP D

Country

4
Roberta Vinci

ITA

5
ALT
Caroline Wozniacki (ret, wrist injury)
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

DEN
SVK)

11
Svetlana Kuznetsova

RUS

Roberta Vinci d Svetlana Kuznetsova
Svetlana Kuznetsova d Caroline Wozniacki
Anna Karolina Schmiedlova d Roberta Vinci
6-4, 6-4
7-5, 2-2(ret)
6-1, 6-0

GROUP D

FINAL STANDINGS
1 Roberta Vinci
2 Svetlana Kuznetsova
3 Anna Karolina Schmiedlova

SEMI-FINAL

FINAL

CHAMPION
Venus Williams d Roberta Vinci 6-2, 6-2
Karolina Pliskova d Elina Svitolina 6-3, 6-1
Venus Williams d Karolina Pliskova 7-5, 7-6(6)

CHAMPION Venus Williams

DOUBLES

DOUBLES DRAW - Liang / Wang take doubles crown in ZhuhaiOstapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

Chen Liang (CHN) / Yafan Wang (CHN) d Anabel Garrigues Medina (ESP) / Arrantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 6-4, 6-3


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Chinese combination Liang Chen / Wang Yaping Fan continued excellent performance, two flower flowers in straight sets in the women's doubles final, with a score of 6-4, 6-3 win No. 2 seed Medina - Medina Garrigues / Barra - Sang Tunja. 3-game winning streak Later Liang Chen / Wang Yaping Traditional home win, this is their season to get the first two women's doubles title.

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Men's Tour

ATP WORLD TOUR MASTERS
PARIS, FRANCE
NOV 02 - NOV 08


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SINGLES DRAW - Djokovic Claims Slice Of Masters 1000 History With Paris Crownna Ostapenko (LAT) 6-2, 6-2

(1) RNovak Djokovic (SRB) d (2) Andy Murray (GBR) 6-2, 6-4


Photo: ATP - Peter Staples


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Novak Djokovic carved a slice of ATP World Tour Masters 1000 history on Sunday, as the top seed defeated Andy Murray 6-2, 6-4 for the BNP Paribas Masters title, securing a single-season record sixth crown.
Djokovic, who improved to a staggering 27-4 against Top 10 opponents this year, notched a 26th Masters 1000 title. He pulled level with Ilie Nastase for 10th on the list of Open Era tour-level titlists with his 58th overall crown, bringing home €653,700 in prize money and 1,000 Emirates ATP Rankings points.
Read more here (ATP)


Photo: ATP - Peter Staples

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier 1000
Prize Money: €3,288,530
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Guy Forget
Draw: S-48 D-24
LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Novak Djokovic (SRB)
LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Mike Bryan (USA) / Bob Bryan (USA)

SINGLES

  • CHAMPION 1 Novak Djokovic (SRB). R1: Bye. R2: Thomaz Bellucci (BRA) 7-5, 6-3. R3: (14) Gilles Simon (FRA) 6-3, 7-5. QF: (5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) 7-6(3), 7-6(8). SF: (4) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-3, 3-6, 6-0. F: (2) Andy Murray (GBR) CHAMPION
  • FINALIST 2 Andy Murray (GBR). R1: Bye. R2: Borna Coric (CRO) 6-1, 6-2. R3: (16) David Goffin (BEL) 6-1, 6-0. QF: (10) Richard Gasquet (FRA) 7-6(7), 3-6, 6-3. SF: (8) David Ferrer (ESP) 6-4, 6-3. F: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB)
  • 3 Roger Federer (SUI). R1: Bye. R2: Andreas Seppi (ITA) 6-1, 6-1. R3: (13) John Isner (USA) 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-7(5). Federer out in R3
  • 4 Stan Wawrinka (SUI). R1: Bye. R2: Bernard Tomic (AUS) 6-3, 7-6(6). R3: Viktor Troicki (CRO) 6-4, 7-5. QF: (7) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 7-6(8), 7-6(7). SF: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3-6, 6-3, 0-6. Wawrinka out in the Semis
  • 5 Tomas Berdych (CZE). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Edouard Roger-Vasselin (FRA) 6-3, 4-6, 7-5. R3: (9) Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA) 6-3, 6-4. QF: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 6-7(3), 6-7(8). Berdych out in the Quarters.
  • 6 Kei Nishikori (JPN). R1: Bye. R2: Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 7-6(4), 6-7(6), 6-1. R3: (10) Richard Gasquet (FRA) 6-7(3), 1-4(ret). Nishikori out in R3
  • 7 Rafa Nadal (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Lukas Rosol (CZE) 6-2, 6-2. R3: (11) Kevin Anderson (RSA) 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-2. QF: (4) Stan Wawrinka (SUI) 6-7(8), 6-7(7). Nadal out in the Quarters
  • 8 David Ferrer (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Alexandr Dolgopolov (UKR) 6-2, 6-2. R3: Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-7(4), 6-1, 6-4. QF: (13) John Isner (USA) 6-3, 6-7(6), 6-2. SF: (2) Andy Murray (GBR) 4-6, 3-6. Ferrer out in the Semis
  • 9 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA). R1: Bye. R2: Roberto Bautista Agut (ESP) 6-2, 6-2. R3: (5) Tomas Berdych (CZE) 3-6, 4-6. Tsonga out in R3
  • 10 Richard Gasquet (FRA). R1: Bye. R2: Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-2, 7-5. R3: (6) Kei Nishikori (JPN) 7-6(3), 4-1(ret). QF: (2) Andy Murray (GBR) 6-7(7), 6-3, 3-6. Gasquet out in the Quarters
  • 11 Kevin Anderson (RSA). R1: Bye. R2: Dominic Thiem (AUT) 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 7-6(5). R3: (7) Rafa Nadal (ESP) 6-4, 6-7(6), 2-6. Anderson out in R3
  • 12 Marin Cilic (CRO). R1: Bye. R2: Grigor Dimitrov (BUL) 6-7(3), 6-7(2). Cilic out in R2
  • 13 John Isner (USA). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Aljaz Bedene (GBR 6-3, 7-6(3). R3: (3) Roger Federer (SUI) 7-6(3), 3-6, 7-6(5). WF: (8) David Ferrer (ESP) 3-6, 7-6(6)., 2-6. Isner out in the Quarters
  • 14 Gilles Simon (FRA). R1: Bye. R2: Benoit Paire (FRA) 6-4, 4-6, 6-1. R3: (1) Novak Djokovic (SRB) 3-6, 5-7. Simon out in R3
  • 15 Feliciano Lopez (ESP). R1: Bye. R2: Viktor Troicki (CRO) 7-6(7), 5-7, 4-6. Lopez out in R2
  • 16 David Goffin (BEL). R1: Bye. R2: (Q) Dusan Lajovic (CRO) 6-2, 6-2. R3: (2) Andy Murray (GBR) 1-6, 0-6. Goffin out in R3
  • Best Qualifier: Dusan Lajovic, Aljaz Bedene, Lukas Rosol, Edouard Roger-Vasselin - all in R2
  • Best WC: All out in R1
  • Best Unseeded: Viktor Troicki, Grigor Dimitrov - both in R3

DOUBLES DRAW - Dodig/Melo Triumph In Paris

(2) Ivan Dodig (CRO) / Marcelo Melo (BRA) d Vasek Pospisil (CAN) / Jack Sock (USA) 2-6, 6-3, 10-5


Photo: ATP




Second seeds Ivan Dodig and Marcelo Melo captured their third tour-level team title of the season on Sunday as they defeated Vasek Pospisil and Jack Sock 2-6, 6-3, 10-5 in the final of the BNP Paribas Masters.
Defeat for Pospisil and Sock denies them the eighth and final spot in the eight-team doubles field at the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals. The last berth instead goes to Rohan Bopanna and Florin Mergea, who will make their team debut at the season finale in London from 15-22 November.
Read more here (ATP)


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WTA Women's Tennis Rankings as of Nov 9, 2015

SINGLES: Venus Williams Back in Top 10 - at no. 7.
DOUBLES: No significant movements

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Williams, Serena

9945
 

1
Mirza, Sania

11355

2
Halep, Simona

6060
 

2
Hingis, Martina

11355

3
Muguruza, Garbine

5200
 

3
Mattek-Sands, Beth

7450

4
Sharapova, Maria

5011
 

4
Šafárová, Lucie

6866

5
Radwanska, Agnieszka

4500
 

5
Dellacqua, Casey

5835

6
Kvitova, Petra

4220
 

6
Shvedova, Yaroslava

5720

7
Venus Williams

3790
 

7
Chan, Yung-Jan

5570

8
Pennetta, Flavia

3621
 

8
Vesnina, Elena

5275

9
Šafárová, Lucie

3590
 

9
Mladenovic, Kristina

5095

10
Kerber, Angelique

3590
 

10
Makarova, Ekaterina

4586

ATP Men's Tennis Rankings as of Nov 9, 2015

SINGLES: Nadal moving up to 5 while Murray and Federer are trading places. Isner goes up 2 to 11.
DOUBLES: Fognini and Mahut trading places 9 and 10. Stepanek moves up 34 spots to 79.

 

No.
SINGLES

POINTS
 

No.
 DOUBLES

POINTS

1
Djokovic, Novak

15285
 

1
Melo, Marcelo

8590

2
Murray, Andy

8470
 

1
Bryan, Bob

6420

3
Federer, Roger

7340
 

3
Bryan, Mike

6420

4
Wawrinka, Stan

6500
 

4
Dodig, Ivan

6285

5
Nadal, Rafael

4630
 

5
Tecau, Horia

6070

6
Berdych, Tomas

4620
 

6
Rojer, Jean-Julien

6070

7
Ferrer, David

4305
 

7
Jamie Murray

5680

8
Nishikori, Kei

4035
 

8
John Peers

5545

9
Richard Gasquet

2850
 

9
Fabio Fognini

5165

10
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

2635
 

10
Nicolas Mahut

5125


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ENGIE OPEN DE LIMOGES
LIMOGES, FRANCE
NOV 09 - NOV 15

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 125K
Prize Money: $115,000
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Pascal Biojout
Draw: SGL-32 DBL-8

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 (WC) Elina Svitolina (UKR)
  • 2 (WC) Lesia Tsurenko (UKR)
  • 3 (WC) Carolina Garcia (FRA)
  • 4 Annika Beck (GER)
  • 5 Danka Kovinic (MNE)
  • 6 Margarita Gasparyan (RUS)
  • 7 Carina Witthoeft (GER)
  • 8 Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER)

Plus: Siniakova, Mitu, Schiavone, Voegele

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Margarita Gasparyan (RUS) / Ksana KIalashnikova (GEO)
  • 2 Barbora Krejcikova (CZE)/ Mandy Minella (LUX)
  • 3 Andrea Gamiz (VEN) / Silvia Soler-Espinosa (ESP)
  • 4 Anna-Lena Friedsam (GER) / Katarzyna Piter (POL)

Plus: Beck / Witthoeft

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
Tereza Smitkova (CZE)

LAST YEAR DOUBLES CHAMPIONS
Renata Voracova (CZE) / Katerina Siniakova (CZE)

HUA HIN CHAMPIONSHIPS
HUA HIN, THAILAND
NOV 09 - NOV 15

TOURNAMENT INFO
Tier - 125K
Prize Money: $115,000
Surface: Hard
Tournament Director: Pichai Pantrakul
Draw: SGL-32 DBL-16

SINGLES SEEDS

  • 1 Misaki Doi (JPN)
  • 2 Saisai Zheng (CHN)
  • 3 Nao Hibino (JPN)
  • 4 Yaroslava Shvedova (KAZ)
  • 5 Kurumi Nara (JPN)
  • 6 Evgeniya Rodina (RUS)
  • 7 Timea Babos (HUN)
  • 8 Kirsten Flipkens (BEL)

Plus: Glatch, Y.Wang, Hsieh

DOUBLES SEEDS

  • 1 Chen Liang (CHN) / Yafan Wang (CHN)
  • 2 Shuko Aoyama (JPN) / Makoto Ninomiya (JPN)
  • 3 Xinyun Han (CHN) / Kai-Lin Zhang (CHN)
  • 4 Chin-Wei Chan (TPE) / Ksenia Lykina (RUS)

Plus: Glatch / Xu, Flipkens / Lertcheewakarn

LAST YEAR SINGLES CHAMPION
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Brad Parks (from the International Tennis Hall of Fame)
CLASS OF 2010

CITIZENSHIP: USA
BORN: April 2, 1957 (58)
PLACE OF BIRTH:
Orange, California
PLAYED: Right-handed
ENSHRINED: 1970


Photo: International Tennis Hall of Fame

Brad Alan Parks was an 18-year-old freestyle skiing prodigy with dreams of turning professional. His talents led him to a competitive event in Utah when tragedy struck. Sailing down the mountain, Parks went airborne and landed incorrectly on the icy surface. The spill left him paralyzed from the hips down. Rather than wallow in the life-changing accident, Parks spawned a new sport for those confined to a wheelchair. It was during his rehabilitation in 1977 that Parks and wheelchair athlete Jeff Minnenbraker began conceptualizing the possibilities of wheelchair tennis. "I was sitting in the hospital, thinking, what am I going to do now?" Parks says. "I knew I had to make the best of the situation. I started thinking, I wonder if you can play tennis in a wheelchair?"

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Wheelchair tennis caught the interest of a legion of players seeking an athletic event and in 1980 the boom began. Parks joined forces with David Saltz, Jim Worth and Dave Kiley to form the National Foundation of Wheelchair Tennis (NFWT) and created a 10-tournament circuit throughout the United States that culminated in a national championship event played in Irvine, California. By today's standards, the hundred players that competed were modest, but at the time were a boon to the sport.

Photo: Steve Wylie Photography

Today the NEC Wheelchair Tennis Tour comprises more than 150 tournaments in 41 countries, with $1,500,000 in purse money. Wheelchair tennis is now played in nearly 100 countries and is an integral part of the competition program at all four major tournaments. For this remarkable dedication to tennis, Parks is recognized as the pioneer of wheelchair tennis, which is also included in all four major events.


Brad Park's first wheelchair at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Photo: Rich Neher


Brad Park exhibit at the International Tennis Hall of Fame
Photo: Rich Neher

"I had the opportunity to start an organization to develop the sport, organize tournaments and give exhibitions and clinics to show and teach others to play," Parks said. "It caught on and we all felt this was a very special sport at that time, allowing the disabled the ability to play with able-bodied friends."


Photo: Hall of Fame Tennis Championship

The sport was included in the Wheelchair Games in Stoke Mandeville in 1987, and then it became a full-medal sport at the Paralympic Games for the first time in Barcelona in 1992, where Parks partnered with the late Randy Snow to win the men's doubles gold medal. In 1988, the International Wheelchair Tennis Federation (IWTF) was formed to govern this growing international sport with Parks as the inaugural president. In 1998, the IWTF was fully integrated into the International Tennis Federation, making it the first disabled sport to achieve such a union on the international level. In 1985, as a result of increased international presence at the US Open, the World Team Cup was started with five nations, not including women or quad players. Today this prestigious Fed Cup/Davis Cup-style team event has been contested by 52 different nations in its 25 year history, and boasts men, women, quads and junior competitions.


Photo: ITF Tennis

As an ambassador to the sport, Parks has been honored numerous times. The Brad Parks Award was established by the USTA in 2002 to recognize outstanding contributions to the game of wheelchair tennis. Recipients may be involved through playing, coaching, sponsoring, or promoting wheelchair tennis. Each annual recipient's name will be added to the permanent trophy, which will be housed at the USTA National Tennis Center. Additionally, the International Tennis Federation established The Brad Parks Award in 1993, presented to an individual or organization that has made a significant contribution to wheelchair tennis on an international basis.


Photo: Rich Neher

CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS

 

 

 

 

Top Ranking
World No. 1 (1980-1989)

Grand Slam Results
3-time major champion

Olympics
1992 Barcelona Paralympics, Gold Medal in Men's Doubles (with Randy Snow)

Contributions to Tennis
Inventor and promoter of wheelchair tennis
Designed sports wheelchairs

Retirement

Today, Brad Parks works in Real Estate and his wife is a Physical Therapist. He also makes numerous appearancse at Adult and Junior Wheelchair Camps and Tournamenrs throughout the world.


Photo: Rich Neher (Vic Braden, Brad Parks, Tracy Austin)

 

Tournament abbreviations

WC
= wildcard (given by the tournament to a player that could not get in on their ranking, or did not enter in time.

PR = protected ranking. This is used when a player has been out for a certain period of time due to injury (I think it's at least 6 months) and their ranking slips down to where they wouldn't get in on their current ranking.

Q = Qualifier.

A = Alternate. Used in qualifying when a player withdraws before their first match. Also used in main draw if there was no qualifying draw and the draw was full before the player withdrew.

LL = Lucky loser. A player that loses in qualifying (usually the final round unless none of the final round losers sign the lucky loser list) and gets into main draw when a main draw player withdraws before their first match.

SE = Special exempt. A player who signed into qualifying of a tournament, but was still playing in the previous week's tournament at the time the qualifying draw was done. This player can get a special exempt into the main draw the following week.

 

 

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