Raonic, Isner, Stars Move to Memphis — ATP/WTA Previews
by Staff | February 16th, 2013, 3:45 pm

Memphis, Tenn., USA; Surface: indoor hard

Men’s Seeds: Marin Cilic, Milos Raonic, John Isner, Sam Querrey, Kei Nishikori, Tommy Haas, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco

Men’s Floaters: Lleyton Hewitt, Feliciano “F-Lo” Lopez, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer

Men’s Notes: Among the seeds, Cilic makes his Memphis debut, and Nishikori and Verdasco have losing records at the event…wildcards went to Steve Johnson, James Blake, and Jack Sock (who starts against (2) Raonic)…Not a lot of floaters in the field, but (1) Cilic could face defending champ Melzer in the 2nd rd…Nine ATP No. 1s have won the Memphis title over the years…Notable pulls from the field are Kevin Anderson (elbow), Brian Baker (knee), and Mardy Fish (heart issue)…Bryan brothers are the top doubles seeds…Joining Melzer among the returning champs are Querrey (2010) and Haas (2007-06,’99).

Women’s Seeds: Kirsten Flipkens, Sofia Arvidsson, Sabine Lisicki, Heather Watson, Lucie Hradecka, Chanelle Scheepers, Magdalena Rybarikova, Kristina Mladenovic

Women’s Floaters: Shahar Peer, Coco Vandeweghe, Jamie Hampton

Women’s Notes: Rough field containing no Top 30 players…receiving wildcards were Americans Courtney Collins and Victoria Duval, and Spain’s Garbine Muguruza…American Madison Keys just misses getting in the main draw, and is the top seed in the qualifying…Returning champs in the field are Arvidsson (2012,’06) and Rybarikova (2011).

Marseille, France; Surface: indoor hard

Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Juan Martin Del Potro, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Janko Tipsarevic, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Jerzy Janowicz, Martin Klizan

Floaters: Bernard Tomic, Ernests Gulbis, Jarkko Nieminen, (WC) Gael Monfils, Gilles Muller, Benoit Paire, Nikolay Davydenko, Michael Llodra

Notes: Five Top 10s among the seeds…lots of floaters…seeds Berdych and Janowicz have losing records in Marseille…openers of interest include (1) Berdych after a bye facing the winner of Gulbis-Nieminen, (5) Gasquet vs. the big-serving Muller, (8) Klizan vs. Tomic, (3) Tsonga after a bye likely facing Davydenko, and (2) Del Potro after a bye likely facing the dangerous Llodra…Returning champs are Del Potro (2012), Llodra (2010), Tsonga (2009), and Simon (2007).

Buenos Aires, Argentina; Surface: red clay

Seeds: David Ferrer, Nicolas Almagro, Stan Wawrinka, Thomaz Bellucci, Horacio Zeballos, Fabio Fognini, Pablo Andujar, Albert Ramos

Floaters: David Nalbandian, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez, Tommy Robredo, Al Montanes

Notes: Tough early matches include (1) Ferrer vs. Nalbandian 2nd rd., (6) Fognini vs. Lopez, and (7) Andujar vs. Montanes…wildcards went to Argentines Federico Delbonis, Diego Schwartzman and Agust�n Velotti…returning champs are Ferrer (2012), Almagro (2011), Robredo (2009), and Nalbandian (2008).


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3 Comments for Raonic, Isner, Stars Move to Memphis — ATP/WTA Previews

joe Says:

no rafa in Buenos aires?

M Says:

No, Rafa’s next tournament should be Acapulco, if I’m reading his schedule correctly.

M Says:

1R in Marseilles is Janowicz v. Rosol. That’s just ready-made for dramz and parody imo.
Congratulations ReRe for being #1 again! That ranking is finally back where it belongs.

Come on, Madison!

Does anybody know whether Kimiko Date-Krumm got a wild-card for Memphis?

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