ATP/WTA Previews: Ferrer, Isner, Halep Lead Events
by Staff | July 6th, 2014, 6:42 pm

SkiStar Swedish Open
Bastad, Sweden; Surface: clay
Seeds: David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Fernando Verdasco, Jerzy Janowicz, Joao Sousa, Jeremy Chardy, Carlos Berlocq, Pablo Carreno Busta

Floaters: none

Notes: Spanish armada occupy the No. 1-3 seeds…Seeds Sousa, Chardy and Carreno Busta are making their first appearances…Wildcards went to Swedes Markus Eriksson, Christian Lindell and Elias Ymer…Withdrawing from the event were Nicolas Almagro and Lukasz Kubot…Returning champions in the field are Berlocq (2013), Ferrer (2012,’07), and Robredo (2008,’06).

Stuttgart MercedesCup
Stuttgart, Germany; Surface: clay

Seeds: Fabio Fognini, Mikhail Youzhny, Roberto Bautista Agut, Feliciano Lopez, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Santiago Giraldo, Federico Delbonis

Floaters: Lukas Rosol, Juan Monaco, Benoit Paire

Notes: The top-seeded Fognini is the defending champ, beating Kohlschreiber in last year’s final…Wildcards went to Germans Michael Berrer, Philipp Petzschner and Alexander Zverev…Pulling from the event were Marcel Granollers, Tommy Haas and Denis Istomin…Fognini (2013) is the lone returning former champ at the event where seven former No. 1s have raised the trophy.

Newport Hall of Fame Tennis Championships
Newport, R.I, U.S.A.; Surface: grass

Seeds: John Isner, Ivo Karlovic, Lleyton Hewitt, Nicolas Mahut, Donald Young, Steve Johnson, Jack Sock, Adrian Mannarino

Floaters: Alex Kuznetsov, Robby Ginepri

Notes: Mahut beat Hewitt in last year’s final…The hodgepodge of seeds includes a former world No. 1 and Wimbledon champ and this year’s Wimbledon men’s doubles winner…Interesting starts for (7) Sock vs. the veteran Kuznetsov and the struggling (2) Karlovic vs. Ginepri…Wildcards were awarded to Americans Ginepri, Mitchell Krueger and Clay Thompson…Returning champs in the field are Mahut (2013), Isner (2012-11) and Ginepri (2003).

Bucharest Open
Bucharest, Romania; Surface: clay

Seeds: Simona Halep, Roberta Vinci, Klara Koukalova, Karin Knapp, Annika Beck, Anna Schmiedlova, Petra Cetkovska, Polona Hercog

Floaters: none

Notes: Slim field with Halep the lone Top 20 player…Wildcards went to Romanians Cristina Dinu, Andreea Mitu, Raluca Olaru…The Bucharest Open is a debut event on the WTA Tour in 2014.

NURNBERGER Gastein Ladies
Bad Gastein, Austria; Surface: clay

Seeds: Flavia Pennetta, Sara Errani, Carla Suarez Navarro, Andrea Petkovic, Elina Svitolina, Yvonne Meusburger, Camila Giorgi, Karolína Pliskova

Floaters: Mona Barthel, Julia Goerges

Notes: Strong Italian contingent in seeds Pennetta, Errani and Giorgi…Challenging start for (8) Pliskova vs. Barthel…Wildcards went to Austrians Lisa-Maria Moser and Yvonne Neuwirth, and Pennetta…Pulling from the event were Mirjana Lucic-Baroni and Lucie Safarova…Meusburger beat Andrea Hlavackova in last year’s final…Returning former champs in the field are Meusburger (2013), Goerges (2010) and Petkovic (2009).

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6 Comments for ATP/WTA Previews: Ferrer, Isner, Halep Lead Events

andrea Says:

andy murray’s ranking is now #10?

Margot Says:

Andy has little to defend from now on. Wimbledon was the “biggy.”
He usually does well in the “Asian Swing” too. If he is healthy, and has recovered from the Wimbledon loss, he may well surprise you all.

calmdownplease Says:

amen and preach to that!
10 is about right for Murray right now however.
Maybe even a bit lower.

jane Says:

margot, that’s true: andy has nothing at all to defend post-us open, when he often does well.

calmdownplease Says:

Congrats on Novak Jane :)
He just sort of `absorbed` the win,
I’m sure his confidence will rocket from this.

jane Says:

thanks cdp.
thought he served well and hit a lot of winners too. his backhand was on. returns toward the end were perfect examples of defence and offense merged.what was maybe most amazing was how he saved his best for the most important match, put his struggles behind (erm, mostly, except for the 4th) and focused. phew.

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