ATP Previews: Montpellier, Quito, Zagreb
OPEN SUD DE FRANCE
Montpellier, France; Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Gael Monfils, Gilles Simon, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Richard Gasquet, Jerzy Janowicz, Denis Istomin, Joao Sousa, Jan-Lennard Struff
Floaters: Jarkko Nieminen, Dustin Brown
Notes: The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough openers for seeds go to (8) Struff vs. the veteran Nieminen and (5) Janowicz vs. Brown…Wildcards went to Frenchmen Laurent Lokoli, Vincent Millot and Lucas Pouille…Pulling from the event were Julien Benneteau, Andrey Golubev and Andrey Kuznetsov…In last year’s final Monfils beat Gasquet…Former champs in the field are Monfils (2014,’10), Gasquet (2013,’06), and Paul-Henri Mathieu (2002).
ECUADOR OPEN QUITO
Quito, Ecuador; Surface: clay
Seeds: Feliciano Lopez, Santiago Giraldo, Fernando Verdasco, Martin Klizan, Paolo Lorenzi, Thomaz Bellucci, Dusan Lajovic, Victor Estrella Burgos
Notes: The Ecuador Open Quito (formerly Vina del Mar) is the first clay court
tournament of the ATP World Tour 2015 season and a five-tourney clay swing…Hey ATP, you can’t write “Top seed Feliciano Lopez hopes to raise his fifth trophy in Quito. A title at the end of the week would also be the Spaniard’s first on clay” and then not list the past champions in “Quito.” Or explain what the hell that means…Wildcards went to Hungary’s M�rton Fucsovics and Ecuador’s Gonzalo Escobar and Giovanni Lapentti.
PBZ ZAGREB INDOORS
Zagreb, Croatia; Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Ivo Karlovic, Adrian Mannarino, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Gilles Muller, Andreas Seppi, Mikhail Youzhny, Viktor Troicki, Marcel Granollers
Floaters: Marcos Baghdatis, Jurgen “Tuna” Melzer, Igor Sijsling
Notes: Tough openers for (1) Karlovic after a bye likely vs. Baghdatis, (8) Granollers vs. Tuna Melzer, and (2) Mannarino vs. Sijsling…Wildcards went to Croats Toni Androic, Mate Delic, and Antonio Veic…Pulling from the event were Simone Bolelli, two-time defending champ Marin Cilic, Vasek Pospisil, and Jir� Vesel�…Returning former champs in the field are Youzhny (2012), Dodig (2011), Sergiy Stakhovsky (2008), and Baghdatis (2007).
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