APIA INTERNATIONAL SYDNEY
Sydney, Australia; surface: hard
Seeds: Dominic Thiem, Pablo Cuevas, Viktor Troicki, Pablo Carreno Busta, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Gilles Muller, Martin Klizan, Marcel Granollers
Floaters: Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Fabio Fognini, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Nicolas Mahut
Notes: Only one Top 10er in Thiem…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…(8) Granollers starts against Hot Sauce, (5) Kohlschreiber vs. Fognini, and (6) Muller vs. Dolgopolov…(2) Cuevas looking at a tough encounter with Mahut 2nd rd…Wildcards were awarded to Aussies Thanasi Kokkinakis, Alex De Minaur and Jordan Thompson…Federico Delbonis withdrew from the field…Troicki, the lone returning champ in the field, is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Grigor Dimirov 7-6 in the third.
Auckland, New Zealand; surface: hard
Seeds: Roberto Bautista Agut, John Isner, David Ferrer, Jack Sock, Albert Ramos-Vinolas, Feliciano Lopez, Steve Johnson, Marcos Baghdatis
Notes: No Top 10ers, two Top 20 players, but a good number of “C”-level marquee players among the seeds…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Wildcards went to German Dustin Brown and Kiwis Artem Sitak and Michael Venus…Pulling from the field were Tommy Robredo and Juan Martin del Potro…Both finalists return as Bautista Agut topped Sock in last year’s championship match…Former champs in the field are Bautista Agut (2016), Jiri Vesely (2015), Isner (2014,’10), and the four-time champ Ferrer (2013-11,’07).
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