The Lord of the Rings film trilogy got some of the credit for helping lure world tennis No 10 Nadia Petrova to January’s ASB Classic in Auckland. The Russian was announced today as the first big name player signing for the $US140,000 ($NZ200,630) women’s tournament from January 2-7. “I think you should be very thankful for the Lord of the Rings,” Petrova said. “I didn’t know anything about the country. The Lord of the Rings really influenced my decision. “I have seen the movie and really want to see the country now.” [More]