U.S. NATIONAL INDOOR TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Memphis, Tenn., USA; Surface: indoor hard
Men’s Seeds: Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Kei Nishikori, Tommy Haas, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco
Men’s Floaters: Lleyton Hewitt, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer
Men’s Notes: Among the seeds, Cilic makes his Memphis debut, and Nishikori and Verdasco have losing records at the event…wildcards went to Steve Johnson, James Blake, and Jack Sock (who starts against (2) Raonic)…Not a lot of floaters in the field, but (1) Cilic could face defending champ Melzer in the 2nd rd…Nine ATP No. 1s have won the Memphis title over the years…Notable pulls from the field are Kevin Anderson (elbow), Brian Baker (knee), and Mardy Fish (heart issue)…Bryan brothers are the top doubles seeds…Joining Melzer among the returning champs are Querrey (2010) and Haas (2007-06,’99).
Women’s Seeds: Kirsten Flipkens, Sofia Arvidsson, Sabine Lisicki, Heather Watson, Lucie Hradecka, Chanelle Scheepers, Magdalena Rybarikova, Kristina Mladenovic
Women’s Floaters: Shahar Peer, Coco Vandeweghe, Jamie Hampton
Women’s Notes: Rough field containing no Top 30 players…receiving wildcards were Americans Courtney Collins and Victoria Duval, and Spain’s Garbine Muguruza…American Madison Keys just misses getting in the main draw, and is the top seed in the qualifying…Returning champs in the field are Arvidsson (2012,’06) and Rybarikova (2011).
Marseille, France; Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Jerzy Janowicz, Martin Klizan
Floaters: Bernard Tomic, Ernests Gulbis, Jarkko Nieminen, (WC) Gael Monfils, Gilles Muller, Benoit Paire, Nikolay Davydenko, Michael Llodra
Notes: Five Top 10s among the seeds…lots of floaters…seeds Berdych and Janowicz have losing records in Marseille…openers of interest include (1) Berdych after a bye facing the winner of Gulbis-Nieminen, (5) Gasquet vs. the big-serving Muller, (8) Klizan vs. Tomic, (3) Tsonga after a bye likely facing Davydenko, and (2) Del Potro after a bye likely facing the dangerous Llodra…Returning champs are Del Potro (2012), Llodra (2010), Tsonga (2009), and Simon (2007).
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Surface: red clay
Seeds: David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Stan Wawrinka, Thomaz Bellucci, Horacio Zeballos, Fabio Fognini, Pablo Andujar, Albert Ramos
Floaters: David Nalbandian, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Tommy Robredo, Al Montanes
Notes: Tough early matches include (1) Ferrer vs. Nalbandian 2nd rd., (6) Fognini vs. Lopez, and (7) Andujar vs. Montanes…wildcards went to Argentines Federico Delbonis, Diego Schwartzman and Agust�n Velotti…returning champs are Ferrer (2012), Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Nalbandian (2008).
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