ABN AMRO WORLD TENNIS TOURNAMENT
Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Andy Murray, Milos Raonic, Tomas Berdych, Stan Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov, Ernests Gulbis, Roberto Bautista Agut, Gilles Simon
Floaters: Vasek Pospisil, Jerzy Janowicz, Dominic Thiem
Notes: Tough starts for (1) Murray after a bye likely vs. the Canadian riser Popsicle, (3) Berdych vs Janowicz, and (6) Gulbis vs. Thiem…Four Top 10ers in the field…Raonic and Bautista Agut make their debuts in Rotterdam…Wildcards went to Dutchmen Robin Haase and Jesse Huta Galung, and Germany’s Alexander Zverev…Marin Cilic and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga pulled from the event…Berdych ended a 16-month title drought last year by beating Cilic in the final…Berdych (2014) and Murray (2009) are the lone former champs in the field.
Memphis, Tenn., USA; Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Kei Nishikori, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ivo Karlovic, Steve Johnson, Benjamin Becker, Adrian Mannarino
Floaters: Sam Querrey, Donald Young, Bernard Tomic
Notes: Nishikori beat Ivo Karlovic in last year’s final for his second straight Memphis title…(7) Becker starts against Querrey, with the winner to meet the (WC) Jared Donaldson vs. (WC) Stefan Kozlov winner…(8) Mannarino starts against the American Young, and (4) Dolgopolov after a bye likely faces Tomic…Nishikori the lone Top 10 player in the field…The third wildcard went to Anderson…American Jack Sock and German Peter Gojowczyk pulled from the event…Former champs in the field are Nishikori (2014-13) and Querrey (2010).
BRASIL OPEN 2015
Sao Paulo, Brazil; Surface: indoor clay
Seeds: Feliciano Lopez, Tommy Robredo, Fabio Fognini, Leonardo Mayer, Pablo Cuevas, Santiago Giraldo, Fernando Verdasco, Martin Klizan
Floaters: Juan Monaco, Nicolas Almagro
Notes: Intriguing starts on the dirt for (1) Lopez after a bye likely vs. Monaco and (2) Robredo after a bye likely vs. Almagro…Lopez makes his debut at the event…No Top 10 players in the field..Wildcards went to Brazil’s Guilherme Clezar and Joao Souza, and Belgian Kimmer Coppejans…Federico Delbonis beat Paolo Lorenzi in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Delbonis (2014), Almagro (2012-11) and Robredo (2009).
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