Querrey, Blake Head Rock-bottom ATP L.A. Field
Los Angeles, Calif, USA; Surface: hard
Seeds: Benoit Paire, Sam Querrey, Leonardo Mayer, Nicolas Mahut, Xavier Malisse, Marinko Matosevic, Bjorn Phau, Brian Baker
Floaters: James Blake
Notes: A former playground for former No. 1s, this year the L.A. event hits rock bottom, headlined by No. 47-ranked Frenchman Benoit Paire, with no stars available due to the Olympics and injuries…”The International Tennis Federation changed the entry procedure for the London Olympics, allowing four players from each country to participate instead of three, said Bob Kramer, tournament director. “For the smaller events being held around the Olympics, this took quite a few more players off the board.”…Wildcards went to Baker, Jack Sock and Steve Johnson…No returning champ Ernests Gulbis, or last year’s runner-up Mardy Fish…Querrey (2010-09) is the lone returning champ in the field.
Kitzbuhel, Austria; Surface: red clay
Seeds: Philipp Kohlschreiber, Florian Mayer, Robin Haase, Albert Ramos, Martin Klizan, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Ernests Gulbis, Blaz Kavcic
Floaters: Horacio Zeballos
Notes: Rough field and a title up for grabs with the top players in London preparing for the Olympics…How much cash is bet-at-home raking in, with its second consecutive week as a title sponsor after Hamburg?…Haase won the title last year, beating Spaniard Al Montanes in the final…Haase, the lone returning champ in the field, will attempt to become the first back-to-back winner in Kitzbuhel since Al Costa in 1998-99.
Baku Cup 2012
Baku, Azerbaijan; Surface: hard
Seeds: Ksenia Pervak, Alexandra Panova, Mandy Minella, Andrea Hlavackova, Bojana Jovanovski, Nina Bratchikova, Akgul Amanmuradova, Eva Birnerova
Notes: Rough field and a title up for grabs with the top players in London preparing for the Olympics; pulling from the event were Kateryna Bondarenko, Olga Govortsova, and Anna Tatishvili; Pervak reached the final last year in the event’s inaugural year, losing to Vera Zvonareva.
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