Oeiras, Portugal; Surface: clay
Men’s Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Milos Raonic, Marcel Granollers, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Dmitry Tursunov, Joao Sousa, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Mikhail Kukushkin
Men’s Floaters: Filippo Volandri, Pablo Carreno Busta, Al Montanes
Men’s Notes: The No. 1 and No. 8 seeds are 0-1 career at the Portugal Open…Two Top 10ers in the field after Berdych took a wildcard…You never want to play a claycourt event and draw a Spanish opponent with three names, and that’s a potential tester for (8) Kukushkin vs. Carreno Busta “Rhymes”…Other potential tough starts to watch are (4) G-Lo after a bye possibly opening against the Italian veteran Volandri, and (3) Granollers after a bye likely against Spanish countryman and veteran Montanes…No returning finalists this year as Stan Wawrinka (who pulled from this year’s event) beat David Ferrer in last year’s final…Montanes (2010-09) is the lone returning former champs in the field…Five former No. 1s have won the title at the tournament formerly known as the Estoril Open: Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic, Juan Carlos Ferrero, Carlos Moya and Tommy Muster.
Women’s Seeds: Carla Suarez Navarro, Eugenie Bouchard, Samantha Stosur, Roberta Vinci, Kaia Kanepi, Lucie Safarova, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Elena Vesnina
Women’s Floaters: Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova, Romina Oprandi, Alisa Kleybanova
Women’s Notes: No Top 10ers on the women’s side but a couple headliners in the comer Bouchard who took a wildcard and the former Slam winner Stosur…Among the nine players pulling from the event were Sorana Cirstea, Alize Cornet, Daniela Hantuchova, Maria Kirilenko, Varvara Lepchenko, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova and Francesca Schiavone…The top two seeds will be tested straight away with Suarez Navarro facing the Zahlavova-Strycova or Oprandi winner, and Bouchard meeting Kleybanova…Suarez Navarro lost in last year’s final to Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, and lost in the 2012 final…Returning former champs in the field are Kanepi (2012), Yanina Wickmayer (2009), and Safarova (2005).
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Munich, Germany; Surface: clay
Seeds: Fabio Fognini, Tommy Haas, Mikhail Youzhny, Gael Monfils, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Feliciano Lopez, Andreas Seppi, Ivan Dodig
Floaters: Ivo Karlovic, Dustin Brown, Jurgen Melzer, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Lleyton Hewitt
Notes: Haas beat Kohlschreiber in the all-German 2013 final…The top-seeded Fognini makes his Munich debut…Challenging starts for (1) Fognini after a bye vs. either Dr. Ivo or Smokin’ Dustin Brown, and (4) Monfils the Meltdown after a bye possibly facing the Austrian veteran Tuna Melzer…The former No. 1 and unseeded Hewitt starts against a qualifier and could work his way to face (7) Seppi then (1) Haas…This year marks the 99th edition of the tournament…Pulling from the event were Florian Mayer and Canuck Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil…Past champs in the field are Haas (2013), Kohlschreiber (2012,’07), Nikolay Davydenko (2011,’04), and Youzhny (2010)…Haas looks to join Franco Squillari (2000-99) and Guillermo Perez-Roldan (1988-87) as the only back-to-back tournament winners in the events Open Era history since 1974.
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