Andreev Heads Thin ATP Casablanca Field on Clay


Posted on April 5, 2009

No Top 20 players in sight this week as the claycourt season kicks off at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco.

Igor Andreev is the top seed, joined by Rainer Schuettler, Al Montanes, Victor Hanescu, Florent Serra, Marc Gicquel, Christophe Rochus, and Arnaud Clement.

Wildcards went to Morocco's Rabie Chaki, Reda El Amrani and Mehdi Ziadi.

Many of the seeded players have it rough in Casablanca, with openers including (6) Gicquel vs. Kristof Vliegen, (4) Hanescu vs. Steve Darcis, (7) Rochus vs. former No. 1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, and (8) Clement vs. Ivan Ljubicic.

Last year Frenchman Gilles Simon captured the title as a qualifier, upending No. 5 seed Julien Benneteau 7-5, 6-2.



 
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