RIO OPEN PRESENTED BY CLARO
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Surface: clay
Seeds: Rafael Nadal, David Ferrer, Tommy Robredo, Fabio Fognini, Leonardo Mayer, Pablo Cuevas, Santiago Giraldo, Martin Klizan
Floaters: Nicolas Almagro, Juan Monaco
Notes: The 2nd edition of the ATP 500 tournament pulls in Top 10ers Nadal and Ferrer of Spain…Nadal beat Alexandr Dolgopolov in last year’s inaugural final…Openers of note are (1) Nadal vs. Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci, (6) Cuevas vs. Almagro, and (7) Giraldo vs. Monaco…Wildcards were awarded to Brazil’s Guilherme Clezar, Joao Souza and Swede Elias Ymer…Ferrer will start against a qualifier, with all four qualifiers in his half of the draw…Rafa says he is healthy and has commented on the brutal heat and humidity in Rio, which is scheduled to continue through the week.
Marseille, France; Surface: indoor hard
Seeds: Milos Raonic, Stan Wawrinka, Ernests Gulbis, Roberto Bautista Agut, Gilles Simon, David Goffin, Gael Monfils, Lukas Rosol
Floaters: Vasek “Popsicle” Pospisil, Sergiy Stakhovsky, Paul-Henri Mathieu, Benoit Paire
Notes: The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…Tough starts for (4) Bautista Agut likely vs. the big indoor game of Popsicle, (8) Rosil against the all-courter Stakhovsky, and (2) Wawrinka opening against a homecountry fan favorite in either Mathieu or Paire…Two Tops 10ers in the field in Raonic and Wawrinka…Ernests Gulbis, with an 0-3 win-loss record thus far in 2015, defeated Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in last year’s final…Only two of the eight seeds have winning career records in Marseille…Wildcards went to Croat Borna Coric and Frenchmen Gael Monfils and Paire…Some of the bigger names pulling from the event were Richard Gasquet, Nick Kyrgios (back) and Gilles Muller…Returning champs in the field are Gulbis (2014) and Simon (2007).
DELRAY BEACH OPEN BY THE VENETIAN LAS VEGAS
Delray Beach, Fla., USA; Surface: hard
Seeds: Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Alexandr Dolgopolov, Ivo Karlovic, Adrian Mannarino, Sam Querrey, Steve Johnson, Viktor Troicki
Floaters: “Smokin'” Dustin Brown, “The” Donald Young
Notes: No Top 10ers in the field…The aging (4) “Dr.” Ivo Karovic could be tested in his opener against the dreadlocked upset specialist Brown, and the red-hot Young could meet (6) Querrey in the second round…Wildcards went to Russian Andrey Rublev and Americans Denis Kudla and Stefan Kozlov…Notable pulls from the tournament were former US Open champs Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro, Jack Sock and Radek “The Worm” Stepanek…Cilic beat the part-time Delray resident Anderson in last year’s final…The three-time and defending champ Bryan brothers are the top seeds in doubles…Anderson (2012) is the lone returning former champ in the field.
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