Ferrer Leads Bastad; Johnson on Grass at Newport; ATP Previews
by Staff | July 10th, 2016, 3:04 pm
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SKISTAR SWEDISH OPEN
Bastad, Sweden; Surface: clay

Seeds: David Ferrer, Joao Sousa, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Marcel Granollers, Fernando Verdasco, Aljaz Bedene, Diego Schwartzman, Evgeny Donskoy, Horacio Zeballos

Floaters: Al Montanes

Notes: Ferrer the lone Top 15 player in the field…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Ferrer will start against a qualifier, and the No. 2 seed Sousa against a wildcard…Verdasco after a bye could start against his veteran countryman Montanes…The all-Swedish wildcard line-up went to Isak Arvidsson, Fred Simonsson and Carl Soderlund…Benoit Paire beat Tommy Robredo in last year’s final…Ferrer (2012,’07) is the lone former champ in the field.

HALL OF FAME TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Newport, R.I., USA; Surface: grass

Seeds: Steve Johnson, Ivo Karlovic, Gilles Muller, Marcos Baghdatis, Vasek Pospisil, Adrian Mannarino, Dudi Sela, Donald Young

Floaters: Jared Donaldson, Lukas Lacko

Notes: No Top 20 players in the field…Wildcards were awarded to Aussie James Duckworth and Americans Stefan Kozlov and Mackenzie McDonald…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for seeds (8) Young vs. his big-serving young countryman Donaldson and (7) Sela vs. the veteran Lacko…Pulling out of the tournament were Americans Sam Querrey and Taylor Fritz, Tatsuma Ito, Konstantin Kravchuk, John Millman, and Sergiy Stakhovsky…Rajeev Ram (2015,’09) is the lone former champ in the field…In last year’s final Ram beat Karlovic, who also lost in the 2014 final to Lleyton Hewitt.

GERMAN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS
Hamburg, Germany; Surface: clay

Seeds: Philipp Kohlschreiber, Benoit Paire, Pablo Cuevas, Alexander Zverev, Jeremy Chardy, Nicolas Almagro, Martin Klizan, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

Floaters: none

Notes: No Top 20 players in the field…Wildcards went to Germans Florian Mayer, Marvin Moeller and Louis Wessels…Pulling from the event was just about every good player in the field, including Kevin Anderson, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Carreno Busta, Federico Delbonis, Fabio Fognini, Malek Jaziri, Juan Monaco, Guido Pella, Lucas Pouille, Lukas Rosol, Dominic Thiem, and Jiri Vesely…Rafael Nadal (currently injured) beat Fognini in last year’s final…Leo Mayer (2014) is the only former champ in the field.


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