Seeds: Sam Querrey, Marcos Baghdatis, Ernests Gulbis, Viktor Troicki, Richard Gasquet, Feliciano Lopez, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Hsun-Yen Lu
Floaters: Gilles Simon, Radek Stepanek, (WC) Juan Martin Del Potro
Notes: (8) Lu opens against Simon, and (6) Lopez vs. (WC) Del Potro; other wildcards to Brit James Ward and Aussie Matthew Ebden; Baghdatis beat Gasquet in last year’s final; Del Potro makes his first tournament appearance since October and only his third in the last 11 months after a right wrist injury that required surgery; American Donald Young lost in the qualifying as did Aussie Carsten Ball; seeds Querrey, Gulbis and Lopez have losing career records in Sydney; the Bryan brothers, winners in 2009, are the top seeds in the doubles; Baghdatis, the only returning champ in the field, is looking to become the first back-to-back winner since James Blake (2007-06); Pete Sampras and Lleyton Hewitt (twice) won back-to-back titles, but no one has one three in a row in Sydney in the Open Era.
Auckland, New Zealand
Seeds: David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, John Isner, Al Montanes, Juan Monaco, David Nalbandian, Thomaz Bellucci, Philipp Kohlschreiber
Floaters: Tommy Robredo, Xavier Malisse, Kevin Anderson
Notes: Wildcards went to Almagro, French veteran Arnaud Clement, and Kiwi-via-Florida Michael Venus; openers of interest are Malisse vs. Clement, and Almagro likely opening against the big-serving Anderson; Juan Carlos Ferrero pulled with injury, and from the Aussie Open; Isner won his first career title last year in Auckland, saving a match point to beat Clement in a third-set breaker; past champions in the draw are Isner (2010), Kohlschreiber (2008), and Ferrer (2007).
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