Will Isner Pull? Previews: ATP Winston-Salem, WTA New Haven
by Staff | August 18th, 2013, 2:08 pm

Winston-Salem, N.C., USA; Surface: hard
Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Andreas Seppi, John Isner, Tommy Robredo, Benoit Paire, Sam Querrey, Fernando Verdasco, Juan Monaco, Jurgen Melzer, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Jarkko Nieminen, Lukas Rosol, Dmitry Tursunov, Martin Klizan, Gael Monfils, Pablo Andujar

Floaters: (WC) Mardy Fish, Igor Sijsling, James Blake

Notes: Will Isner pull out after his draining run in Cincinnati? Probably…Not a lot of floating talent, and all 16 seeds receive first-round byes…Potentially tough opening-round match-ups for seeds after byes include (11) Nieminen vs. (WC) Fish, (9) Melzer vs. the rising Dutchman Sijsling, and (5) Paire vs. Blake…Other wildcards went to Berdych, Spain’s Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, and Belgian Romain Bogaerts…Pulling from the event were Carlos Berlocq, Nikolay Davydenko, Marcel Granollers, Tommy Haas, Albert Ramos, the doping-suspended Viktor Troicki, and Horacio Zeballos…Isner is the two-time defending champion, last year beating Berdych in the final.

New Haven, Conn., USA; Surface: hard

Seeds: Sara Errani, Angelique Kerber, Petra Kvitova, Caroline Wozniacki, Roberta Vinci, (WC) Sloane Stephens, Sabine Lisicki, Dominika Cibulkova

Floaters: Aleksandra Wozniak, Simona Halep, (WC) Daniela Hantuchova, Shuai Peng, Klara Zakopalova

Notes: The Top 2 seeds receive opening-round byes…This week could be a career-first title for the American Stephens…Potential tough starts for (1) Errani vs. the big-hitting comeback Canadian Wozniak, (4) Wozniacki vs. Peng, and (8) Cibulkova vs. Zakopalova…The third wildcard went to German Julia “Gorgeous” Georges…Marion Bartoli pulled from the tournament after announcing her retirement from tennis…In last year’s final Kvitova defeated Russia Maria Kirilenko who skips this year’s event…Returning champs in the field are Kvitova (2012) and the four-time champ Wozniacki (2011-08).

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6 Comments for Will Isner Pull? Previews: ATP Winston-Salem, WTA New Haven

Anna Says:

Of course he won’t pull. He’s got a million bucks on the line if he makes the semis.

WTF Says:

Well I don’t think it’s smart to play. He’ll want a week off before the US Open if he wants a realistic chance at it. A million bucks is less important.

the biggest fan Says:

agree with u wtf

Steve 27 Says:

Such a nice guy John, all luck to him.

Eric Says:

a “realistic chance”… good one! OK, OK, his game does give him a chance against anyone, but he’s never beaten Murray or Nadal at all (despite close calls, as today and at the FO), or Federer, Ferrer, Djokovic, or, actually, any top ten player, at a slam, except for Andy Roddick.

Matt Hill Says:

I really don’t think he should play after making deep runs in three of the four U.S. Open Series Tournaments, but it seems like he plays almost every tournament held in the United States. John needs to manage his schedule much better, but having two home tournaments in the U.S. Open Series makes it very enticing for him to play plus a big 500 in Washington and the two Masters series tournaments. He is in a tough situation. I kind of feel for him.

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