Sock, Isner and Co. at Houston; Dimitrov Heads Marrakech; ATP Previews
by Staff | April 8th, 2017, 6:36 pm
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FAYEZ SAROFIM & CO. US MEN’S CLAY COURT CHAMPIONSHIP
HOUSTON, Texas, USA; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Jack Sock, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Fernando Verdasco, Feliciano Lopez, Donald Young, Thomaz Bellucci

Floaters: Reilly Opelka, Tommy Haas, Bjorn Fratangelo, Juan Monaco, Kevin Anderson, Frances Tiafoe

Notes: No Top 10ers, but the home fans get Americans as the Top 4 seeds…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…The Tommy Haas goodbye tour hits Houston…Interesting starts for (1) Sock against the Haas-Opelka winner, (6) Lopez vs. the former French juniors winner Fratangelo, (4) Johnson vs. the experienced dirt-baller and defending champ Monaco, (5) Verdasco vs. the big-serving South African Anderson, and (8) Bellucci vs. the emerging American Tiafoe…Wildcards went to Americans Ernesto Escobedo, Fratangelo and Opelka…Adrian Mannarino withdrew from the event…The Bryan brothers are top-seeded in doubles…Monaco beat Sock in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Monaco (2016,’12), Sock (2015), Verdasco (2014), Isner (2013), and Haas (2004).

 

GRAND PRIX HASSAN II
MARRAKECH, Morocco; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Grigor Dimitrov, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Mischa Zverev, Paolo Lorenzi, Benoit Paire, Diego Schwartzman, Marcel Granollers

Floaters: Tommy Robredo, Nicolas Almagro, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Borna Coric

Notes: No Top 10ers in the field but you have not-so-Baby Fed…Lots of unseeded Spanish talent and more…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Interesting starts for (1) Dimitrov vs. Robredo, (6) Paire second rd. vs. Almagro, (5) Lorenzo vs. G-Lo, and (7) Schwartzman vs. Coric…Wildcards were awarded to Morocco’s Amine Ahouda and Reda El Amrani, and Dimitrov…Pulling from the tournament were Damir Dzumhur, Karen Khachanov, Andrey Kuznetsov, and Daniil Medvedev…Federico Delbonis beat Coric in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Delbonis (2016), Martin Klizan (2015), Garcia-Lopez (2014), Robredo (2013), and Paul-Henri Mathieu (2007).

 


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5 Comments for Sock, Isner and Co. at Houston; Dimitrov Heads Marrakech; ATP Previews

RZ Says:

Tough for the US guys to play Houston right after Davis Cup.


the_mind_reels Says:

Tommy Robredo still out there grinding it! What a guy.


RZ Says:

@the_mind_reels…hopefully it is not Robredo’s retirement tour as well. I’d hate for the tour to lose both Tommys in the same year.


RZ Says:

Tommy Haas won yesterday against Reilly Opelka – who is 20 years younger than him. Go Tommy!


the_mind_reels Says:

Americans posting wins in Houston over Argentinians, Brazilians, and Germans! I don’t have high hopes that one is going to win the French any time soon, but it is nice to see the current crop of Americans alive and well in the later stages of some clay tournaments.

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