Nadal, Stephens Headline Fields at Joint Acapulco; Previews
by Staff | February 24th, 2018, 10:29 pm
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The ATP and WTA men and women converge on Acapulco for a joint event that features a loaded men’s field, and former champion Sloane Stephens leading the women’s field.


Six of the Top 10 men are lead by Rafael Nadal who is chasing the idle Roger Federer in an attempt to close the gap for the No. 1 ranking.

Defending champion Sam Querrey is joined by fellow seeded Americans Jack Sock and John Isner.

ABIERTO MEXICANO TELCEL
ACAPULCO, Mexico; surface: hard

Men’s Seeds: Rafael Nadal, Alexander Zverev, Dominic Thiem, Jack Sock, Kevin Anderson, Juan Martin del Potro, Sam Querrey, John Isner

Men’s Floaters: Felician “F-Lo” Lopez, Hyeon Chung, Mischa Zverev, Kei Nishikori, Denis Shapovalov, Ryan Harrison

Men’s Notes: Potential tough starts for (1) Nadal vs. his free-swinging Spanish countryman F-Lo (winner to possibly meet (WC) Thanasi Kokkinakis), (4) Sock 2nd rd. vs. the Aussie Open semifinalist Chung, (6) Del Potro vs. the elder net-rushing Zverev, (3) Thiem 2nd rd. vs. the Nishikori-Shapovalov winner, and (8) Isner vs. his countryman Harrison…Wildcards were awarded to Sock, Kokkinakis, and Mexico’s Lucas Gomez…Withdrawing from the tournament were Marin Cilic, Alexandr Dolgopolov and Nick Kyrgios…The Bryan brothers are the No. 4 seeds in doubles…Querrey beat Nadal in last year’s final…Returning former champions in the field are Querrey (2017), Thiem (2016), Ferrer (2015,’12-10), and Nadal (2013,’05).

Women’s Seeds: Sloane Stephens, Kristina Mladenovic, Daria Gavrilova, Zhang Shuai, Irina-Camelia Begu, Alize Cornet, Lesia Tsurenko, Tatjana Maria

Women’s Floaters: Monica Puig, Christina McHale, Belinda Bencic, Lauren Davis

Women’s Notes: No Top 10ers in the field, with the top-seeded Stephens at No. 13 entering the event…The unpredictable (1) Stephens will start against France’s Pauline Parmentier, then the winner of (WC) Kayla Day and a qualifier…(2) Mladenovic starts against a qualifier then the winner of Heather Watson and Beatriz Haddad Maia…Interesting starts for (6) Cornet 2nd rd. vs. Puig, (5) Begu vs. McHale (winner to meet Bencic), and (7) Tsurenko vs. Davis…Wildcards were given to Day, Gavrilova and Mexico’s Renata Zarazua…Pulling from the event were Mona Barthel, Kirsten Flipkens and Kaia Kanepi…Tsurenko beat Mladenovic in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Tsurenko (2017) and Stephens (2016)

 


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15 Comments for Nadal, Stephens Headline Fields at Joint Acapulco; Previews

Willow Says:

Great field in Acapulco, hope Rafas alright now, some difficult but interesting matches to look forward to, good luck Rafa ….


Humble Rafa Says:

In addition to being a tennis player, I am also a good cook. I am glad Tennis-X has that picture. No one in my team has ever complained about my food yet.


Dc Says:

Thats a tough draw for Nadal.
If he wins this, it would be just awesome. However not very confident after his injury . And not to forget that Nadal will be playing under pressure so as to not slip further away from Fed in the points race to no 1.


j-kath Says:

Good luck Rafa.


El_Flaco Says:

Rafa not playing. Hip isn’t 100% yet.


fred stone Says:

Upper leg injuries on both sides now.
He should skip IW and head for the dirt, his favorite milieu.


Daniel Says:

Bad news for Nadal. Can’t see him playing IW, where his first match would be in 11-12 days.

And if he won’t play IW, doesn’t make sense playing Miami either (a tournament he had never won) and just 1 HC tourney before clay.

He should emulate Federer and skip this NA HC swing and concentrate on being healthy for clay.

Shapovalov and Chung winning their first round matches, next gen showing they are here to stay.


Markus Says:

Thanks for the link, skeezer.


kjb Says:

Nadal has withdrew or retired from the last 6 tournaments he has been in. He should definetely rest for the clay court season. I doubt he will though.


DC Says:

Nadal should resume his season on clay, skip Wimby and then do a couple of harcourts events , ending his season with the US open.

His body seems to be giving up with all the abuse it has taken over the past 12 years.


j-kath Says:

Oh dear, feel sorri for Rafa and his fans…..Me thinks he’s going to have to emulate Nole and Andy and face a 6-month recovery programme.


Tennis Vagabond Says:

Terrible news for Rafa and tennis.

I hope he’ll be back soon, but if he hasn’t recovered from Australia yet, who knows when he will?

Not gonna lie: I wish we had the full field of competitors, but if we can’t, I’m glad its Fed that’s left standing. Right now, its Fed and the Hundred Wannabes. Repeating at Indian Wells and Miami goes from a Herculean task to almost 50/50.


Margot Says:

Sorry Rafa fans. Andy fans feel your pain.


AndyMira Says:

Thank u M & JK….

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