FAYEZ SAROFIM & CO US MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP
Houston, Texas, USA; Surface: clay
Seeds: John Isner, Benoit Paire, Feliciano Lopez, Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Marcos Baghdatis, Paolo Lorenzi
Floaters: Denis Kudla, Fernando Verdasco, Dustin Brown, Juan Monaco
Notes: No. 13 Isner the only Top 20 player…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starts for (1) Isner vs. his countryman Kudla, (5) Querrey vs. Brown, and (2) Paire vs. Monaco…Wildcards went to Americans Tommy Paul, Frances Tiafoe and Tim Smyczek…Pulling from the event were Kevin Anderson, Mikhail Kukushkin, Leonardo Mayer, and John Millman…The Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Sock beat Querrey in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Sock (2015), Verdasco (2014), Isner (2013), and Monaco (2012).
GRAND PRIX HASSAN II
Marrakech, Morocco; Surface: clay
Seeds: Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Joao Sousa, Borna Coric, Federico Delbonis, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Albert Ramos, Pablo Carreno, Jiri Vesely
Floaters: Nicolas Almagro, Al Montanes
Notes: Not a pretty field with no Top 35 players…(1) G-Lo after a bye looking at an opening match-up with Almagro…Wildcards were awarded to Moroccan players Amine Ahouda, Reda El Amrani and Lamine Ouahab…Pulling out of the event were Pablo Andujar, Aljaz Bedene, Ernests Gulbis, Martin Klizan and Tommy Robredo…Klizan beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Garcia-Lopez (2014) and Paul-Henri Mathieu (2007).
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