Tennis Previews: Isner, Fish, Roddick Headline ATP Atlanta
by Staff | July 15th, 2012, 3:14 pm

BB&T Atlanta Open
Atlanta, Ga., USA; Surface: hard

Seeds: John Isner, Mardy Fish, Kei Nishikori, Andy Roddick, Kevin Anderson, Ryan Harrison, Alex Bogomolov Jr., Go Soeda
Floaters: Rajeev Ram, Xavier Malisse, James Blake

Notes: Top 4 seeds receive first round byes, but plenty of good opening round matches including (1) Isner vs. Ram/qualifier winner (Ram coming off Newport SF), (7) Bogomolov vs. (WC) Jack Sock, (8) Soeda vs. X-Man, and (6) Harrison vs. Blake in a U.S. new vs. old match-up; additional wildcards went to Steve Johnson and Brian Baker; Mardy Fish (2011-10) has won the event both years since its re-inception in Atlanta, last year beating Isner and saving match points in brutal temperatures.

bet-at-home Open German Tennis Championships
Hamburg, Germany; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Nicolas Almagro, Gilles Simon, Juan Monaco, Marin Cilic, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Florian Mayer, Viktor Troicki

Floaters: Nikolay Davydenko, Fabio Fognini, Lukas Rosol, (Q) Horacio Zeballos, (WC) Tommy Haas, Carlos Berlocq

Notes: The ATP war on betting must be going pretty well with the bet-at-home sponsorship; openers of interest include former champ Davydenko vs. Jarkko Nieminen (winner to face (1) Almagro), (8) Troicki vs. the Nadal-slayer Rosol, (7) Mayer vs. (Q) Zeballos, and (2) Simon vs. the tough out Berlocq; Simon beat Almagro in last year’s final; returning champs are Simon (2011), Davydenko (2009); Simon seeking to become first successful defending champ since Roger Federer in 2004-05.

Credit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad
Gstaad, Switzerland; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Janko Tipsarevic, Marcel Granollers, Stanislas Wawrinka, Mikhail Youzhny, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Julien Benneteau, Santiago Giraldo, Bernard Tomic

Floaters: Igor Andreev, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Benoit Paire, Grigor Dimitrov

Notes: Top-seeded Tipsarevic makes Gstaad debut; the Top 4 seeds receive opening round byes, but early round meetings of interest include (3) Wawrinka vs. the winner of Andreev-Mathieu, (8) Tomic vs. the hot-handed Frenchman Paire, and (6) Benneteau vs. Dimitrov; returning champs in the draw are Granollers who beat Fernando Verdasco in last year’s final, Thomaz Bellucci (2009) and Mathieu (2007); Granollers trying to become the first player to win back-to-back Gstaad titles since Sergi Bruguera in 1994-93.

Mercury Insurance Open
Carlsbad, Calif., USA; Surface: hard

Seeds: Marion Bartoli, Dominika Cibulkova, Jelena Jankovic, Nadia Petrova, Christina McHale, Daniela Hantuchova, Yanina Wickmayer, Chanelle Scheepers

Floaters: Heather Watson, (WC) Coco Vandeweghe, Sorana Cirstea, Sloane Stephens

Notes: No Williams sisters at the U.S. event but Christina McHale flies the U.S. seeded flag; (8) Scheepers tough start against the hot-handed wildcard Vandeweghe; other wildcards went to Americans Lauren Davis and Nicole Gibbs, and Hantuchova; players pulling from the draw were Angelique Kerber, Svetlana Kuznetsova, Sabine Lisicki, Monica Niculescu and Tamira Paszek; no returning champions in the field as Aggie Radwanska, who last year beat Vera Zvonareva in the final, is a no-show.

Sony Swedish Open
Bastad, Sweden; Surface: red clay

Seeds: Sara Errani, Julia Goerges, Anabel Medina Garrigues, Roberta Vinci, Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova, Klara Zakopalova, Mona Barthel, Carla Suarez Navarro

Floaters: Shahar Peer, (WC) Laura Robson

Notes: (3) Medina Garrigues interesting opener vs. (WC) Robson; Errani the lone Top 10er in the field; missing is Polona Hercog, who won the title last year, defeating Swede Johanna Larsson.

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5 Comments for Tennis Previews: Isner, Fish, Roddick Headline ATP Atlanta

The Great Davy Says:

Nice to see my fellow Top 5 Underachiever is doing well!

skeezer Says:

So the Hard court season begins…..

Grass…..the season is much too short for you! Hope we see more of a true “Grass” season in the future. Fun stuff to watch!

Humble Rafa Says:

An Open Letter to the Arrogant One.

Dear GOAT,

As you may be aware, my beloved country, Spain, is in dire financial straits. Our Chief Beggar, I mean, our Prime Minister called me this morning. He wondered if we monetize our great sports talent to fix the huge budget mess. To be clear, neither Paul Gasol or your Humble Highness is for sale.

To help my country, I propose a 2-match exhibition, similar to what we did last time. The only difference is that it’s not a money grab this time. It is for my country.

The old rules still apply: You win in Switzerland, I win in Spain. Both matches go 3 sets. Like the last time I waive my right to call a trainer during and after the match (during press conferences, flights, etc).

I will banish Uncle Toni to Australia while we do this. Twins are welcome. So is Credit Suisse.
Actually, some Swiss bankers have enough money to buy Spain. We are not interested. So, don’t bring them.

Look forward to hearing from you.


Your Humble Highess

Daniel Says:


A real gem:)

skeezer Says:

Congrats to Isner, and Hewitt for hanging tough and still competin after all the surgeries….

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