bet-at-home Open — German Tennis Championships
Hamburg, Germany; Surface: clay
Seeds: Roger Federer, Tommy Haas, Nicolas Almagro, Jerzy Janowicz, Juan Monaco, Andreas Seppi, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Jeremy Chardy, Benoit Paire, Tommy Robredo, Feliciano Lopez, Fabio Fognini, Mikhail Youzhny, Fernando Verdasco, Ernests Gulbis, Martin Klizan
Floaters: Nikolay Davydenko, Gael Monfils
Notes: Roger Federer receives a huge slice of appearance money cake to make a surprising Hamburg appearance…Janowicz, Paire and Gulbis are seeds making their first appearances in Hamburg…Monaco beat Haas in last year’s final, Haas’ best effort in 10 career appearances…All 16 seeds receive opening-round byes, but tough starts for (7) Dolgopolov vs. Davydenko and (5) Monaco vs. Monfils likely in round two…Wildcards went to Federer, and Germans Julian Reister, Jan-Lennard Struff and Alexander Zverev…(1) Federer is looking at (15) Gulbis in the 3rd rd…Pulling from the event were Pablo Cuevas, J�rgen Melzer, Jarkko Nieminen, Gilles Simon and Bernard Tomic…Returning champs in the field are Monaco (2012), Davydenko (2009), Federer (2007,’05-04,’02), and Robredo (2006).
Claro Open Colombia
Bogota, Colombia; Surface: hard
Seeds: Janko Tipsarevic, Kevin Anderson, Igor Sijsling, Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Adrian Mannarino, Santiago Giraldo, Aljaz Bedene, Xavier Malisse
Floaters: “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic
Notes: The hardcourt event in Columbia celebrates its first year after relocating from Los Angeles, Calif…Is this part of the US Open Series?…Rough field with no Top 10 players and three seeded players ranked in the 80s…(3) Sijsling tough draw facing Dr. Ivo after an opening-round bye…Wildcards went to Colombians Nicolas Barrientos, Carlos Salamanca and Eduardo Struvay…Pulling from the event were Igor Andreev, Denis Kudla, Gilles Muller, Rajeev Ram, Newport semifinalist Michael Russell, and Jack Sock.
Collector Swedish Open
Bastad, Sweden; Surface: red clay
Seeds: Serena Williams, Simona Halep, Klara Zakopalova, Tsvetana Pironkova, Lourdes Dominguez Lino, Lesya Tsurenko, Silvia Soler Espinosa, Johanna Larsson
Floaters: Anabel Medina Garrigues, Virginie Razzano, Flavia Pennetta
Notes: Serena gets that fat slice of guarantee money cake, or apparently all the slices, with the No. 2 seed 30 places behind her in the rankings…Serena opens against Sesil Karatantcheva, the former French Open quarterfinalist who served a two-year ban for doping…Wildcards went to Swiss Belinda Bencic, this year’s French and Wimbledon juniors winner, and Swedes Ellen Allgurin and Rebecca Peterson…Tough draws for (5) Dominguez Lino against fellow Spaniard Medina Garriguez, (7) Soler-Espinosa vs. the veteran Razzano, and (2) Halep second round against Pennetta…Pulling from the event were Alexa Glatch, Kaia Kanepi, Magdalena Rybarikova, Yaroslava Shvedova and Venus Williams…Not participating in the event is Polona Hercog, who last year in the final defeated Mathilde Johansson for her second consecutive title…There are no former champs in the field.
Nurnberger Gastein Ladies
Bad Gastein, Austria; Surface: clay
No draw info available as of Saturday
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