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 OPEN AT YALE
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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