QATAR EXXONMOBIL OPEN
Seeds: Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer, Feliciano Lopez, Andreas Seppi, Jeremy Chardy, Leonardo Mayer
Floaters: Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco
Notes: Four Top 10 heavy hitters but the quality falls off after that…The top-seeded Djokovic after a bye will likely start against Hot Sauce…Wildcards were awarded to Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan, Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, and Qatar’s Mubarak Shannan Zayid…Pulling from the event were Steve Darcis, Richard Gasquet, and Guido Pella…Federer has won the most singles titles of any player in Doha, and is a perfect 3-0 in finals…Ferrer beat Berdych in last year’s final…Nadal, who is playing doubles with Verdasco, has won the most doubles titles of anyone at the event with four (2005,’09,’11,’15)…Former singles champs in the field are Ferrer (2015), Nadal (2014), and Federer (2011,’06-05).
AIRCEL CHENNAI OPEN
Seeds: Stan Wawrinka, Kevin Anderson, Benoit Paire, Roberto Bautista Agut, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Gilles Muller, Vasek Pospisil, Borna Coric
Floaters: Nicolas Almagro, Lukas Rosol, Marcel Granollers
Notes: Wawrinka the lone Top 10 player in the field…Potential tough starts for (3) Paire after a bye vs. the upset king Rosol, and the young (8) Coric vs. the Spanish veteran Granollers…Wildcards went to Russians Karen Khachanov and Andrey Rublev, and India’s Ramkumar Ramanathan…Pulling out of the tournament were Yuki Bhambri, Andreas “Don’t Be a” Haider-Maurer, Lu Yen-Hsun, and Janko Tipsarevic…Stan the Man is the two-time defending champ, last year in the final topping Aljaz Bedene…Wawrinka (2015-14,’11) is the lone former champ in the field.
Auckland, New Zealand
Seeds: Venus Williams, Ana Ivanovic, Caroline Wozniacki, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sloane Stephens, Coco Vandeweghe, Barbora Strycova, Alison Van Uytvanck
Floaters: Mona Barthel, Francesca Schiavone
Notes: One one Top 10 player in Venus Williams, but the field boasts two other former No. 1s, a former world No. 2 and a French Open champ…Wildcards went to New Zealand’s Marina Erakovic, Latvia’s Jelena Ostapenko and Schiavone…Venus is the defending champ, winning her first Auckland title last year when she came from a set down to beat Wozniacki in the final…Cake draw for the top seed, who could remain untested until the semis when she will likely face Kuznetsova or Vandeweghe…Former champs in the field are Venus (2015) and Ivanovic (2014), who beat Venus in the final that year. Venus will attempt to join Eleni Daniilidou (2003-04) and Patty Fendick (1988-89) as the lone back-to-back winners at Auckland.
Seeds: Agnieszka Radwanska, Petra Kvitova, Irina-Camelia Begu, Monica Niculescu, Johanna Konta, Eugenie Bouchard, Zarina Diyas, Annika Beck
Floaters: Donna Vekic, Alison Riske
Notes: Two Top 10ers in the field…Potential tough starts for (6) Bouchard vs. Vekic, and (8) Beck vs. Riske…Wildcards were awarded to China’s Duan Yingying and Zhang Shuai, and Russia’s Irina Khromacheva…Pulling out of the tournament were Olga Govortsova and Urszula Radwanska…If the top two seeds reach the final it will be a rematch of the year-end 2015 WTA Finals…In last year’s final Simona Halep (playing in Brisbane this week) defeated Timea Bacsinszky…No former champions are in the field.
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