Gonzo Pulls, Hewitt WC, Bryans No. 1 at ATP Munich
Posted on May 3, 2009
Fernando Gonzalez's late withdrawal due to a right ankle injury leaves the BMW Open in Munich without a top seed this week, with the spot to be filled by a qualifier or lucky loser. Lucky for Frenchman Julien Benneteau, who was drawn against the top-seeded slot this week, but will now receive a notably lower-quality opponent.
Seeds in Munich include Marin Cilic, Nicolas Almagro, Tomas Berdych, Rainer Schuettler, Nicolas Kiefer, Paul-Henri Mathieu and Igor Kunitsyn.
Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt is an unseeded wildcard, opening against German Phillipp Petzschner, and a meeting with the No. 5 Schuettler looming in the second round. Cilic also opens against a qualifier, while the No. 6 Kiefer will face a strong opening challenge in rising Latvian Ernests Gulbis.
Gonzalez is now unable to defend his title, gained last year by a win over unseeded Italian Simone Bolelli 7-6(4), 6-7(4), 6-3.
The world No. 1 Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles.