Loaded Men’s Dubai; Venus; Woz — ATP/WTA Previews
by Staff | February 24th, 2013, 10:00 pm

Dubai, U.A.E.; Surface: hard

Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic, Andreas Seppi, Mikhail Youzhny

Floaters: Viktor Troicki, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Marcos Baghdatis, Michael Llodra, Nikolay Davydenko, Bernard Tomic

Notes: Six Top 10 players, a boatload of dangerous floaters, and some tough openers for seeds (1) Djokovic vs. Serbian countryman Troicki, (7) Seppi vs. Mathieu, (4) Del Potro vs. Baghdatis, (5) Tsonga vs. net-rushing countryman Llodra, and (6) Tipsarevic vs. Daydenko…Easy start for (2) Federer against Tunisian wildcard Malek Jaziri, then the winner of Al Montanes-Marcel Granollers before then likely facing either (6) Tipsy, Davydenko or Tomic…Sterling records for seeds Djokovic (23-3) and Federer (34-4) in Dubai, not so much for Tipsarevic (4-5) and Seppi (0-5)…Federer beat the absent Andy Murray in last year’s final…Returning champs in the field are Federer (2012,’07,’05-03) and Djokovic (2011-09).

Acapulco, Mexico; Surface: clay

Men’s Seeds: David Ferrer, Rafael Nadal, Nicolas Almagro, Stan Wawrinka, Jurgen Melzer, Thomaz Bellucci, Benoit Paire, Horacio Zeballos

Men’s Floaters: Fabio Fognini, David Nalbandian, Tommy Robredo

Men’s Notes: The Spanish Big 3 of Ferrer, Nadal and Almagro are the Top 3 seeds…Nadal makes first appearance at the event since winning the title eight years ago…Openers of interest include (4) Wawrinka vs. the Italian grinder Fognini, and that’s about it…Sweet start for Nadal who opens against a qualifier, then plays the winner of a wildcard and a qualifier…Pulling from the event were Jeremy Chardy, Juan Monaco (hand), and Fernando Verdasco (neck)…Ferrer is attempting a fourth consecutive Acapulco title, and is joined by fellow returning champs Almagro (2009-08) and Nadal (2005).

Women’s Seeds: Sara Errani, Carla Suarez Navarro, Alize Cornet, Irina-Camelia Begu, Kiki Bertens, Francesca Schiavone, Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Romina Oprandi

Women’s Floaters: Arantxa Rus, Flavia Pennetta

Women’s Notes: The women’s field boasts one Top 10er and one French Open winner…Pulling from the event were Sofia Arvidsson, Edina Gallovits-Hall, Polona Hercog, Anna Tatishvili, and Vera Zvonareva…Tough starts include (5) Bertens vs. the former junior No. 1 Rus, and (7) Dominguez Lino vs. the veteran Pennetta…Returning champs in the field are Errani (2012) and Pennetta (2008,’05).

Delray Beach, Fla., U.S.A.; Surface: outdoor hard

Seeds: John Isner, Tommy Haas, Sam Querrey, Kei Nishikori, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Kevin Anderson, Feliciano Lopez, Xavier Malisse

Floaters: Jesse Levine, Ivo Karlovic, Igor Sijsling

Notes: (1) Isner struggling with a bad knee, and opens against Levine who he struggled to beat last year in Delray; (2) Haas, who pulled from a tournament last week citing illness, starts against the hot-handed Sijsling who in Rotterdam beat Jo-Wilfried Tsonga…(4) Nishikori tough start against big-serving Karlovic…wildcards went to Americans Querrey (vs. Mike Russell), James Blake (vs. qualifier) and Jack Sock (vs. Matthew Ebden)…Former champs in the field are Anderson (2012), Nishikori (2008), Haas (2006) and Malisse (2005).

Florianopolis, Brazil; Surface: outdoor hard

Seeds: Venus Williams, Yaroslava Shvedova, Kirsten Flipkens, Chanelle Scheepers, Magdalena Rybarikova, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Kristina Mladenovic, Annika Beck

Floaters: Kimiko Date-Krumm, Monica Niculescu

Notes: Venus Williams takes the top seed and the appearance money at the inaugural Brasil Tennis Cup, making her first appearance in 2013 since the Australian Open after a back injury…Interesting openers for (5) Rybarikova vs. the ageless upset-maker Date-Krumm, and (6) Medina Garrigues vs. Niculescu…Otherwise this field is pretty awful and it will be all about how Venus takes to the court…Tournament winner gets $40K, which won’t cover Venus’ shopping for the week.

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Surface: outdoor hard

Seeds: Caroline Wozniacki, Hsieh Su-wei, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Ayumi Morita, Misaki Doi, Donna Vekic, Eleni Daniilidou, Kristyna Pliskova

Floaters: Vera Dushevina, Bethanie Mattek-Sands

Notes: Like Brazil, tournament organizers shell out the cash for one star (Woz) and the rest of the field is ITF Futures level…The No. 8 seed Pliskova comes into the week ranked No. 99…New venue for the event this year, the Royal Selangor Golf Club. Next year the event moves to Hong Kong…Wildcards went to Malaysian Aslina Chua, the American Mattek-Sands, and the Russian No. 3 seed Pavlyuchenkova…(3) Pavlyuchenkova starts against her countrywoman Dushevina, and (6) Vekic against Mattek-Sands…Su-Wei beat Petra Martic in last year’s final, and is the lone returning champ in the field.


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11 Comments for Loaded Men’s Dubai; Venus; Woz — ATP/WTA Previews

Humble Rafa Says:

My knee is still fine. Just wanted keep the Humble Nation informed.

Giles Says:

Fed sporting pink shoe laces again! Really fed!

Giles Says:

PS. Pink shoes AND pink shoe laces!!

skeezer Says:

“Openers of interest include (4) Wawrinka vs. the Italian grinder Fognini, and that’s about it…Sweet start for Nadal who opens against a qualifier, then plays the winner of a wildcard and a qualifier”

Ahhhh must have been Drs. orders ;)

steve-o Says:

Scratchy first set from Federer, but he cleaned it up in the next two. Hopefully he will be sharper for the later rounds.

Humble Rafa Says:

The country of Tunisia is so proud today. Proudest day in their history.

Wog boy Says:

Americans can start slowly to celebrate win against Serbia in DC, Tipsy pulled out and that leaves Nole and Troicki. Nole is left high and dry by Tipsy, America is not Belgium. If Nole only has somebody to tell him to pull out of DC, but nobody has guts to tell him. DC can be costly mistake, I hope I am wrong.

Humble Rafa Says:

Sweet start for Nadal who opens against a qualifier, then plays the winner of a wildcard and a qualifier”

Ahhhh must have been Drs. orders ;)

God’s orders.

alison Says:

Have to go to work this afternoon,so i wont see Nole giving his fellow country man the usual predictible beatdown,the Daveydenko/Tipsaravic match was awfull to watch,talk about a battle of the UFEs,Tipsy got bageled 1st set was due to very sloppy play rather than Davey playing good tennis,love Baggy and Delpo,but im hoping Delpo can gather some consistency and come through that one,and make a good account of himself against Djokovic,as i dont think Baggy has enough in his arsenal to do so,only Delpo when hes on would stand a chance in that side of the draw.

jane Says:

Nice to see Nole coming in to finish points.

jane Says:

Nole’s serving has been less than crisp however; some sloppy play in this second set, plus Victor is serving better now. He hits some wacky errors though.

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