Serena Williams Back on Court; Isner at Newport; ATP/WTA Previews
by Staff | July 8th, 2012, 11:37 pm

Campbell’s Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
Newport, R.I., USA; Surface: grass

Seeds: John Isner, Kei Nishikori, Milos Raonic, Denis Istomin, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Ryan Harrison, Donald Young, Gilles Muller
Floaters: Nicolas Mahut, Sam Querrey, (WC) Lleyton Hewitt

Notes: Of course Isner could meet Mahut in the second round; players looking to get additional grasscourt practice in for the Olympics in London at Wimbledon; first-rounders of interest are (5) Bogomolov Jr. vs. Querrey, and (WC) Hewitt vs. Canadian riser Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil; other wildcards went to Americans Jack Sock and Harrison; Isner (2011) is the lone returning champ in the field.

SkiStar Swedish Open
Bastad, Sweden; Surface: red clay

Seeds: David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Albert Ramos, Jarkko Nieminen, Mikhail Kukushkin, Grigor Dimitrov, Filippo Volandri, Adrian Ungur

Floaters: (WC) Tommy Robredo

Notes: Robin Soderling, still out with mono, cannot defend his title; defending champs in the field are Almagro (2010), Robredo (2008, ’06), and Ferrer (2007).

Mercedes Cup
Stuttgart, Germany; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Janko Tipsarevic, Juan Monaco, Bernard Tomic, Pablo Andujar, Robin Haase, Nikolay Davydenko, Lukasz Kubot, Tommy Haas

Floaters: Thomaz Bellucci, Jeremy Chardy, Al Montanes

Notes: Returning champs in the field are Montanes (2010) and Chardy (2009).

Bank of the West Classic
Stanford, California, USA; Surface: hard

Seeds: Serena Williams, Marion Bartoli, Dominika Cibulkova, Jelena Jankovic, Yanina Wickmayer, Chanelle Scheepers, Marina Erakovic, Sorana C�rstea

Floaters: Sorana Cirstea, Sloane Stephens

Notes: Wimbledon singles and doubles champ Serena Williams heads the field with fellow Top 10er Marion Bartoli; thin field otherwise, with a couple first-round matches of interest in (8) Erakovic vs. Cirstea, and Stephens vs. Brit Heather Watson; returning champs in the field are Serena (2011) and Bartoli (2009).

XXV Italiacom Open
Palermo, Italy; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Sara Errani, Roberta Vinci, Julia Goerges, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Carla Suarez Navarro, Polona Hercog, Alize Cornet, Barbora Zahlavova-Strycova

Floaters: none

Notes: Rough event featuring one Top 10er and No. 62 Zahlavova-Strycova clocking in as the No. 8 seed. Medina Garrigues beat Hercog in last year’s final.

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5 Comments for Serena Williams Back on Court; Isner at Newport; ATP/WTA Previews

Humble Rafa Says:

You can watch the Isner-Mahut match. I will watch paint dry. Both of us will have the same fun.

Alok Says:

Anyone know when the Olympic draw wil be out? I hope the players pack warm clothes becoz they’ll need them.

xmike Says:

if you want to have more fun you can always re-watch your humbliness getting rosoled, i always find it highly entertaining, no matter how many times i see it

Alok Says:

Some nice matches this week. Those who are playing at the Olympics will get in some good practice at Newport.

Kimmi Says:

I cant understand why serena is playing this week? getting ready for olympics i gather…she already has great momentum from her wimbledon win i thought, what do I know.

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