BB&T ATLANTA OPEN
Atlanta, Ga., USA; Surface: hard
Seeds: John Isner, Kevin Anderson, Ivan Dodig, Igor Sijsling, Lu Yen-Hsun, Mardy Fish, Lleyton Hewitt, Evgeny Donskoy
Floaters: James Blake, “Iron” Mike Russell, Ryan Harrison, “Dr.” Ivo Karlovic
Notes: Tough starts are (6) Fish vs. Russell in an all-American (winner likely to meet American Jack Sock next), (4) Sijsling after a bye likely facing Harrison, and (2) Anderson after a bye likely meeting Dr. Ivo in a serving contest…Receiving wildcards were Americans Christian Harrison, Denis Kudla and Rhyne Williams…The mentally-beleaguered Fish is playing in only his second event since last year’s US Open, battling mental demons since being diagnosed with a racing heart condition…Radek “The Worm” Stepanek withdrew from the event…The Harrison brothers received a doubles wildcard…The tournament is the men’s kickoff for the US Open Series…The retired Andy Roddick won the tourney last year, and Fish the two years prior to that for the event that began in 2010…Isner lost to Fish in the 2010 and 2011 finals.
CREDIT AGRICOLE SUISSE OPEN GSTAAD
Gstaad, Switzerland; Surface: clay
Seeds: Roger Federer, Stan Wawrinka, Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Monaco, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Mikhail Youzhny, Lukas Rosol, Roberto Bautista-Agut
Floaters: Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Marcel Granollers, Daniel Brands, Marcos Chiudinelli
Notes: Tough starts for (1) Federer after a bye vs. Brands who gave him problems last week or his countryman Chiudinelli, (4) Monaco after a bye vs. G-Lo, and (7) Rosol vs. Granollers…Wildcards went to the Swiss Federer, Marco Chiudinelli and Henri Laaksonen…Federer looked bad in Hamburg last week with the debut of his new larger-head racquet…Pulling from the event were Jeremy Chardy, Nikolay Davydenko and Benoit Paire…Federer has lost to players ranked outside the Top 100 in his last two events (Wimbledon, Hamburg)…Former champs in the field are Thomaz Bellucci (2012,’09), Granollers (2011), Victor Hanescu (2008), Paul-Henri Mathieu (2007), and Federer (2004).
VEGETA CROATIA OPEN UMAG
Umag, Croatia; Surface: clay
Seeds: Richard Gasquet, Andreas Seppi, Fabio Fognini, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Tommy Robredo, Martin Klizan, Florian Mayer, Carlos Berlocq
Floaters: Gael Monfils, Dmitry Tursunov
Notes: Seeds Gasquet and Mayer make their debuts at the event…Seeds Fognini and Berlocq come in after recently winning their first titles…(3) Fognini one of the few potential tough starts against Tursunov in a field lacking a lot of unseeded firepower…All wildcards went to Croats Borna Coric, Mate Pavic and Antonio Veic…Pulling from the event were Marin Cilic (knee), Pablo Cuevas, Jerzy Janowicz (right arm) and Fernando Verdasco (punching a locker last week — no joke)…Cilic won the title last year…Dolgopolov (2011) is the lone returning champ in the field.
BANK OF THE WEST CLASSIC
Stanford, Calif., USA; Surface: hard
Seeds: Aggie Radwanska, Sam Stosur, Dominika Cibulkova, Jamie Hampton, Sorana Cirstea, Varvara Lepchenko, Urszula Radwanska, Magdalena Rybarikova
Floaters: Francesca Schiavone, Madison Keys, Daniela Hantuchova, Julia Goerges
Notes: Two-time defending champ Serena Williams obviously didn’t like the under-the-table appearance fee to appear in Stanford, passing on the event and last week playing the tiny Swedish Open in Bastad, which was willing to pony-up some major cash…Tough starts are (1) Radwanska after a bye possibly facing the former Slam champ Schiavone, (8) Rybarikova vs. the explosive Keys, and (2) Stosur after a bye likely facing the powerful Goerges….Wildcards went to American Nicole Gibbs and Croat Ajla Tomljanovic…Pulling from the event were Marion Bartoli (hamstring), Kirsten Flipkens, Sabine Lisicki (wrist), and Maria Sharapova (hip)…Since 1990, 20 of the 23 champions have been Slam winners, but this year there are no returning champions in the field.
Baku, Azerbaijan; Surface: clay
Projected Seeds: Bojana Jovanovski, Donna Vekic, Chanelle Scheepers, Alexandra Cadantu, Karolina Pliskova, Polona Hercog, Elina Svitolina, Vesna Dolonc
Floaters: Draw not available as of Saturday night.
Notes: No Top 35 players in the field…Wildcards went to Azerbaijan’s Nazrin Jafarova and Kamilla Farhad, and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur…Dutchwoman Michealla Krajicek is into the main draw with her protected ranking after injury…Pulling from the event were Timea Babos, Annika Beck, Estrella Cabeza Candela, Caroline Garcia, Karin Knapp, Romina Oprandi, Pauline Parmentier and Andrea Petkovic.
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