Monfils, Fish Headline ATP Washington; Kitzbuhel; WTA Carlsbad Previews
Legg Mason Tennis Classic
Washington, DC, USA
Seeds: Gael “Force” Monfils, Mardy Fish, Viktor Troicki, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Janko Tipsarevic, Marcos Baghdatis, David Nalbandian, Nikolay Davydenko, Michael Llodra, John Isner, Thomaz Bellucci, Kevin Anderson, Xavier “X-Man” Malisse, Dmitry Tursunov, Jarkko Nieminen
Floaters: Alex Bogomolov, Jr., (WC) Ryan Harrison, James Blake, Tommy Haas, Fernando “Gonzo” Gonzalez, “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Muller, Radek “The Worm” Stepanek
Notes: A full house of seeds and floaters, including former Top 10ers Baghdatis, Nalbandian and Davydenko trying to find their groove; Fish (5-6) only Top 8 seed with a losing record in Washington; Nalbandian 6-0 in Washington after taking the title in 2010; tough openers include (1) Monfils vs. Bogomolov-Ryan Sweeting winner, (3) Troicki after a bye possibly facing (WC) Harrison, (8) Nalbandian after a bye possibly vs. Blake, Haas vs. Gonzalez (winner to face (12) Bellucci), (14) X-Man after a bye vs. “Dr.” Ivo-”Iron” Mike Russell winner, (16) Nieminen after a bye possibly vs. Muller, and (2) Fish after a bye possibly vs. his nemesis “The Worm”; wildcards went to Monfils, Harrison, American Denis Kudla and Verdasco; Nalbandian beat Baghdatis in last year’s final; Andy Roddick misses the event with injury, yet to debut on the U.S. summer circuit; returning champs in the field are Nalbandian (2010) and Blake (2002).
Bet-At-Home Cup — Kitzbuhel
Seeds: Juan Ignacio Chela, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Ivan Ljubicic, Fabio Fognini, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Andreas Seppi, Marcel Granollers, Pablo Andujar
Floaters: (WC) Thomas Muster, Igor Andreev
Notes: Kitzbuhel returns to the ATP calendar after a one-year absence as a bone to the dirt-lovers who want to delay their start of the hardcourt season; Ljubicic makes his first appearance in Kitzbuhel since 2000; the 40+ Muster gets a wildcard, but the former No. 1 dirt devil draws (5) Kohlschreiber in the first round; no former champs in the draw.
Mercury Insurance Open
Carlsbad, Calif., USA
Seeds: Vera Zvonareva, Andrea Petkovic, Agnieszka Radwanska, Peng Shuai, Ana Ivanovic, Dominika Cibulkova, Julia Goerges, Daniela Hantuchova, Roberta Vinci, Flavia Pennetta, Maria Kirilenko, Sabine Lisicki, Jarmila Gajdosova, Elena Vesnina, Sara Errani, Polona Hercog
Floaters: Kimiko Date-Krumm, Sania Mirza, Jelena Dokic
Notes: The big dogs on the WTA take a break, with Zvonareva the lone Top 10 in the field; tough openers include (15) Errani vs. Mirza, and (5) Ivanovic after a bye possibly facing Dokic; wildcards went to France’s Aravane Rezai, Argentina’s Gisela Dulko, and Americans Sloane Stephens and Alexa Glatch; Date-Krumm (1996) is the lone returning champ in the field.
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