Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships
Surface: hard (Decoturf II)
Seeds: Roger Federer (WD), Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray, Nikolay Davydenko, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Marin Cilic, Mikhail Youzhny, Gilles Simon
Floaters: Julien “United Colors of” Benneteau, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Marcos Baghdatis, Michael Llodra, Ivan Ljubicic
Notes: Roger Federer withdraws at the last minute with a lung infection; the appearance-money-laden Dubai event feature five of the Top 10; openers of interest include (8) Simon vs. Baghdatis, (5) Tsonga vs. the hot-handed Llodra; Andy Roddick pulled out of the event with no reason given; that’s around a mil saved by the Dubai organizers with Federer’s withdrawal; Djokovic beat David Ferrer in last year’s final; Federer said, “I’m hoping to be back for Indian Wells. But of course there are no promises. This is something that with proper treatment will be finished. I’ve been taking it easy, relaxing as much as possible. My breathing is a bit difficult and everything feels a bit slow. I can’t take any chances until I’m fit again. It could be better, it could be worse.”
Delray Beach International Tennis Championships
Delray Beach, Florida, USA
Surface: hard (Plexipave)
Seeds: Tommy Haas, Ivo Karlovic, Benjamin Becker, Jeremy Chardy, Evgeny Korolev, Florian Mayer, James Blake, “Iron” Mike Russell
Floaters: Ernests Gulbis, Kei Nishikori, Jarkko Nieminen, Mardy Fish, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Taylor Dent, Philipp Petzschner
Notes: wildcards went to the top-seeded Haas, rhymin’ Vince Spadea and Florida resident Sebastien Grosjean; openers of interest are (3) Becker vs. the former champ Nishikori who is returning from injury, (4) Chardy vs. X-Man, (7) Blake vs. Dent in an all-American, and (2) Karlovic vs. Petzschner who reached the semis last week in Memphis; last year Fish became the first top seed to win the title in the 17-year history of the tournament when he defeated Evgeny Korolev in the final; seeds Karlovic and Russell have losing career record in Delray Beach; former champs in the field are Fish (2009), Nishikori (2008), Malisse (2007,’05), and Haas (2006).
Abierto Mexicano Telcel
Draw not available as of Sunday at noon.
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