QATAR TOTAL OPEN
Doha, Qatar; Surface: hard
Seeds: Petra Kvitova, Simona Halep, Caroline Wozniacki, Agnieszka Radwanska, Ekaterina Makarova, Andrea Petkovic, Venus Williams, Angelique Kerber
Floaters: Jelena Jankovic, Garbine Muguruza, Lucie Safarova, Sam Stosur, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Flavia Pennetta, Victoria Azarenka, Alize Cornet
Notes: Just as many floaters as seeds make for interesting opening meetings from the start in Doha…Tough starts for (1) Kvitova after a bye likely vs. the former No. 1 Jankovic, (5) Makarova vs. Muguruza, (3) Wozniacki vs. the Safarova/Stosur winner, (4) Radwanska vs. the Kuznetsova/Pennetta winner, (8) Kerber vs. Azarenka, and (2) Halep after a bye likely vs. the upset specialist Cornet…Wildcards went to Azarenka, Wozniacki and Tunisia’s Ons Jabeur…Pulling from the event were Peng Shuai and Dominika Cibulkova…Halep beat Kerber in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Halep (2014) and Azarenka (2013-12).
DUBAI DUTY FREE TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dubai, U.A.E.; Surface: hard
Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Ernests Gulbis, Feliciano Lopez, Roberto Bautista Agut, David Goffin
Floaters: Marcos Baghdatis, Gilles Muller, Dominic Thiem, Mikhail Youzhny
Notes: Four of the Top 10 in Dubai…Under-the-table oil money pulls in world No. 1 Djokovic, Federer and Murray…Challenging starts for (8) Goffin vs. Baghdatis, (3) Murray vs. the upset specialist Muller, and (2) Federer vs. Youzhny…Wildcards went to Baghdatis, James McGee and Alexander Zverev…Nick Kyrgios withdrew citing a back injury…Djokovic making his first appearance since the Aussie Open…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Doubles wildcards went to Djokovic-Laslo Djere and Federer-Michael Lammer…Federer beat Berdych in last year’s three-set final…Returning former champs in the field are Federer (2014,’12,’07,’05-03) and Djokovic (2013,’11-09) who have combined to win the event in 10 of the last 12 years.
Buenos Aires, Argentina; Surface: clay
Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Tommy Robredo, Pablo Cuevas, Fabio Fognini, Leonardo Mayer, Jiri Vesely, Pablo Andujar, Pablo Carreno Busta
Floaters: Nicolas Almagro
Notes: Nadal a question mark after a cramp-ridden semifinal loss on Saturday at the Rio Open…Not a lot of early challenges besides (7) Andujar opening against Almagro…Wildcards went to Argentines Guido Andreozzi, Renzo Olivo and Horacio Zeballos…David Ferrer beat Fognini in last year’s final…Nadal is making his first appearance in Buenos Aires in 10 years…Ferrer passes on the opportunity to win a fourth consecutive Buenos Aires title in a row…Returning former champs in the field are Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Juan Monaco (2007).
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