The lone ATP tournament that refuses to take “Grand Prix” out of its title from the 1980s has a 2018 field led by Albert Ramos Vinolas, who is joined among the seeds by crowd-pleasers Richard Gasquet, Benoit Paire, Alexandr “The Dog” Dolgopolov and serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev.
Trying to find their former top form will be former champion Gilles Simon and comeback player Joao Sousa.
GRAND PRIX HASSAN II
MARRAKECH, Morocco; Surface: clay
Seeds: Albert Ramos Vinolas, Kyle Edmund, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Richard Gasquet, Robin Haase, Benoit Paire, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Mischa Zverev
Floaters: Viktor Troicki, Joao Sousa, Gilles Simon, Jiri Vesely, Paolo Lorenzi
No Top 20 players in the field…
Interesting starts for (1) Ramos-Vinolas 2nd rd. vs. Troicki, (5) Haase 2nd rd. vs. Sousa, (6) Paire opening against French countryman Simon, (8) Zverev net-rushing on clay vs. the home-country favorite Lorenzo, and (2) Edmund vs. the veteran Vesely…
Wildcards were awarded to Tunisia’s Malek Jaziri, and Moroccans Amine Ahouda and Lamine Ouahab…
Pulling out of the event were Gael Monfils, Borna Coric, Federico Delbonis, Damir Dzumhur, and Filip Krajinovic…
Coric beat Kohlschreiber from a set down in last year’s final…
Former champions in the field are Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (2014) and Simon (2008).
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