Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; surface: hard
Seeds: David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Ivo Karlovic, Grigor Dimitrov, Viktor Troicki, Jeremy Chardy, Nick Kyrgios, Vasek Pospisil
Floaters: Radek “The Worm” Stepanek, Alexander Zverev, Nicolas Almagro, Marcos Baghdatis
Notes: Ferrer the lone Top 10 player in the field…Tough starts for (1) Ferrer vs. The Worm, (6) Chardy vs. Zverev, amd (8) Pospisil vs. the Almagro-Baghdatis winner…Wildcards were awarded to Almagro, Karlovic, and India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan…Pulling from the tournament were Pablo Carreno Busta, Pablo Cuevas, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Richard Gasquet, Steve Johnson, Benoit Paire, and Fernando Verdasco…In last year’s final Kei Nishikori beat Julien Benneteau, who has finished runner-up three years in a row…Joao Sousa (2013) is the lone former champ in the field.
Shenzhen, China; surface: hard
Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Marin Cilic, Tommy Robredo, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Adrian Mannarino, Jiri Vesely, Aljaz Bedene, Victor Estrella Burgos
Floaters: Lucas Pouille, Lukas Rosol, Mikhail Youzhny, Ernests Gulbis
Notes: Berdych the lone Top 10 player…Potential tough starts for (5) Mannarino vs. Pouille in an all-French, (4) G-Lo vs. Rosol, (7) Bedene vs. Youzhny, and (2) Cilic vs. Gulbis…Wildcards went to China’s Bai Yan, Wu Di, and Zhang Ze…Pulling from the tournament were Pablo Andujar, Borna Coric, Martin Klizan, Philipp Kohlschreiber, and Donald Young…In last year’s inaugural final Andy Murray beat Tommy Robredo.
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