- Independent Journalism From Today's Armenia
 April 18, 2003 

Sports: Armenians bow out early in Monaco

Sargsyan, left and Nalbandian were out early in Monaco.The ATP Masters of Monte-Carlo began last Saturday in Monaco with entries that included Sargis Sargsyan and David Nalbandian.

Sargsyan represented Armenia, while Nalbandian represented his home, Argentina.

Neither fared well on the clay among 64 competitors, as Sargsyan went down 0-6, 5-7 in the first round to Felix Mantilla of Spain (ranked 19).

Nalbandian was seeded 6 in Monaco and took an easy 6-4, 6-0 first round victory over Richard Gasquet (No. 114) of France.

But Nalbandian was dispatched in the second round, suffering a 2-6, 6-7 (6) defeat to No. 160-ranked Filippo Volandri of Italy.

Sargsyan earned €7,500 and one race point; Nalbandian, €15,000 and seven points.

Top-ranked American-Armenian Andre Agassi did not compete.


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  Spring Rites
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Spring Rites

April 13 was "Tsaghkazard", known in other places as Palm Sunday, the week before Easter, marking the day Jesus entered Jerusalem. Here, part of the commemoration includes making wreaths from branches which are worn by young people and then placed in homes. The day is also the seventh Sunday of the Great Fast, as observed among the Armenian Apostolic Church.



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