Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Surface: clay
Men’s Seeds: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, John Isner, Dominic Thiem, Jack Sock, Fabio Fognini, Thomaz Bellucci
Men’s Floaters: Nicolas Almagro, Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov
Men’s Notes: Three Top 10 players in the field…What are Americans Isner and Sock doing here?…Not a lot of floating talent in the field…(1) Nadal looking at a second round meeting with Almagro, and (8) Bellucci starts against former finalist The Dog…Wildcards were awarded to Chile’s Nicolas Jarry, and Brazilians Thiago Monteiro and Joao Souza…Pulling from the event were Andreas “Don’t Be a” Haider-Maurer, and Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco…Ferrer beat Fognini in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field in the event’s third year are Ferrer (2015) and Nadal (2014).
Women’s Seeds: Teliana Pereira, Johanna Larsson, Danka Kovinic, Christina McHale, Polona Hercog, Lara Arruabarrena, Tatjana Maria, Andreea Mitu
Women’s Floaters: Francesca Schiavone
Women’s Notes: Ugly field with no Top 40 players…(7) Maria starts against the former French Open champ Schiavone…Wildcards went to Romania’s Sorana Cirstea, and Brazil’s Gabriela Ce and Beatriz Haddad Maia…Genie Bouchard pulled from the event to play in the NBA celebrity all-star event…In last year’s final Sara Errani beat Anna Schmiedlova…No former champs are in the field.
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