OPEN DE NICE COTE D’AZUR
Nice, France; Surface: clay
Seeds: Gilles Simon, John Isner, Ernests Gulbis, Leonardo Mayer, Bernard Tomic, Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, Juan Monaco
Floaters: Sam Querrey
Notes: Gulbis is defending the Nice title (d. Federico Delbonis) then a Roland Garros semifinal…Gulbis is 1-11 win-loss this year…(8) Monaco could start against Querrey…Wildcards went to France’s Maxime Hamou and Lucas Pouille, and Australia’s Thanasi Kokkinakis…Withdrawing from the tournament were Simone Bolelli, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Martin Klizan, and Diego Schwartzman…Gulbis (2015) is the lone returning champ in the field.
Geneva, Switzerland; Surface: clay
Seeds: Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic, Pablo Andujar, Benjamin Becker, Andreas Haider-Maurer, Joao Sousa, Marcos Baghdatis, Mikhail Youzhny
Floaters: Yen-Hsun Lu, Lukas Rosol
Notes: The Geneva Open returns to the Swiss city for the first time since 1991, relocating from Dusseldorf…The homeboy Wawrinka heads the field…Wildcards went to Cilic, Russian Andrey Rublev and Serbian Janko Tipsarevic…Pulling from the event were Steve Darcis, Marcel Granollers, Vasek Pospisil and Radek Stepanek…The dream first-round match-up is happening with Joao Souza vs. (6) Joao Sousa…(1) Wawrinka has an interesting opener against the Lu-Rosol winner.
INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG
Strasbourg, France; Surface: clay
Seeds: Madison Keys, Jelena Jankovic, Sam Stosur, Alize Cornet, Zarina Diyas, Coco Vandeweghe, Madison Brengle, Mona Barthel
Floaters: Christina McHale, Monica Puig
Notes: Interesting starts for (1) Keys vs. fellow American McHale, and the flagging (3) Stosur vs. the comer Puig…Wildcards went to Jankovic, Virginie Razzano, Francesca Schiavone and Stosur…Notable pulls from the tournament were Julia Goerges, Daniela Hantuchova, Kaia Kanepi, and Peng Shuai…Puig is the defending champion, in last year’s final defeating Spain’s Silvia Soler Espinosa…Returning former champs in the field are Puig (2014), Cornet (2013), and Schiavone (2012).
Nurnberg, Germany; Surface: clay
Seeds: Andrea Petkovic, Angelique Kerber, Sabine Lisicki, Roberta Vinci, Anna Karolina Schmiedlova, Karin Knapp, Kurumi Nara, Carina Witthoft
Notes: Wildcards went to Germans Anna-Lena Friedsam, Antonia Lottner and Tatjana Maria…Withdrawing from the event were Alexandra Dulgheru, Daria Gavrilova, Marina Erakovic and Kirsten Flipkens…In last year’s final Eugenie Bouchard beat Karolina Pliskova…No former champions are in the field.
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