Surging youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas will make his debut as a top seed at an ATP event this week in Marseille.
The 20-year-old who stunned Roger Federer en route to the Australian Open semifinals, leads a strong field which includes his NextGen brethren Borna Coric, Andrey Rublev, Denis Shapovalov and Hubert Hurkacz who he could face in his second round opener.
Three-time champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and 2-time winner Gilles Simon lead the French along with Gael Monfils and Jeremy Chardy. Tsonga’s first match is against Rublev.
2018 champion Karen Khachanov had to withdraw due to health issues he tweeted earlier in the week.
“Unfortunately I have to pull out from Marseille @open13marseille due to some health issues that I’ve been having. I was really looking forward playing this tournament especially after last year’s success!
I want to apologize to my fans who were waiting to see me play!🙏🏻”
Tomas Berdych and Hyeon Chung also withdrew. Tsitsipas hinted he would not play the event last week, but is in the draw.
Projected quarterfinals: 1 Tstisipas v 7 Monfils, 3 Goffin v 6 Simon, 8 Chardy v 4 Shapovalov, 5 Verdasco v 2 Coric.
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