GERRY WEBER OPEN
Halle, Germany; Surface: grass
Seeds: Roger Federer, Kei Nishikori, Dominic Thiem, Tomas Berdych, David Goffin, David Ferrer, Viktor Troicki, Philipp Kohlschreiber
Floaters: Borna Coric, Marcos Baghdatis, Alexander Zverev
Notes: Potential tough starts for (5) Goffin vs. Coric, (4) Berdych vs. the veteran Baghdatis, and (7) Troicki vs. the German riser Zverev…Wildcards were awarded to American Taylor Fritz and Germans Dustin Brown, Jan-Lennard Struff and Zverev…Gael Monfils withdrew from the tournament…Ernests Gulbis is the top seed in the qualifying, with Lukas Rosol, Sergiy Stakhovsky and Rajeev “Rampras” Ram also attempting to emerge…Thiem shocked Federer last week in the Stuttgart semis on grass…”We will experience lots of extra-special matches in the first round,” said Tournament Director Ralf Weber. “The power density is as high as never before. Sensationally, we have five players of the 11 best in the world.”…Former champs in the field are led by the eight-time winner Federer (2015-13,’08,’06-03), with Kohlschreiber (2011), and Berdych (2007).
Queen’s Club/London, England; Surface: grass
Seeds: Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Milos Raonic, Richard Gasquet, Marin Cilic, Roberto Bautista Agut, John Isner, Gilles Simon
Floaters: Nicolas Mahut, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Sam Querrey, Nick Kyrgios, Juan Martin del Potro, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco
Notes: Six of the eight seeds have challenging starts with (1) Murray vs. Mahut, (5) Cilic vs. F-Lo, (6) Bautista Agut vs. Querrey, (3) Raonic vs. Kyrgios, (7) Isner vs. Del Potro, and (2) Wawrinka vs. Hot Sauce…The all-Brit wildcard allocation went to Kyle Edmund, Daniel Evans and James Ward…Pulling from the event were Rafael Nadal, Leonardo Mayer and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga…Brits won the first 15 editions of the tournament, but the U.S. (33) has the most titles to Britain (30) in second…Former champs in the field are led by the four-time winner Murray (2015,’13,’11,’09), along with Dimitrov (2014), Cilic (2012), and Querrey (2010).
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