Del Potro Returns at Munich; ATP Previews This Week
by Staff | April 24th, 2016, 10:11 am

The Top 10 players are all resting-up for next week’s Masters-level Mutua Madrid Open, but there is plenty to action to look for this week, including Juan Martin del Potro returning in Munich, Gilles Simon and Nick Kyrgios headlining Estoril, and Bernie “The Tank Engine” Tomic and Grigor Dimitrov in Istanbul.

Here is a look at the fields:

Munich, Germany; Surface: clay

Seeds: David Goffin, Gael Monfils, Dominic Thiem, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Fabio Fognini, Thomaz Bellucci, Vasek Pospisil, Alexander Zverev

Floaters: Juan Martin del Potro, Lukas Rosol, Ernests Gulbis, Mikhail Youzhny

Notes: The former US Open champ Del Potro returns to test his wrist, in the first round facing smokin’ German Dustin Brown…(6) Bellucci could be tested by the veteran Russian Youzhny…No Top 10 players but three from the Top 20, including the red-hot Monfils and the rocketing Thiem…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…In addition to Del Potro, other wildcards went to Germans Maximilian Marterer and Mischa Zverev…Pulling from the event were Roberto Bautista Agut, Simone Bolelli and Jeremy Chardy…In last year’s final Andy Murray edged Kohlschreiber 7-6 in the third for the title…Former champs in the field are Kohlschreiber (2012,’07), and Youzhny (2010).

Estoril, Portugal; Surface: clay

Seeds: Gilles Simon, Nick Kyrgios, Benoit Paire, Joao Sousa, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, Borna Coric, Leonardo Mayer, Pablo Carreno Busta

Floaters: Fernando “Hot Sauce” Verdasco, Nicolas Almagro

Notes: Not a lot of unseeded talent but (8) Carreno Busta will have his hands full in his opener against Hot Sauce, and (4) Sousa is looking at the veteran Almagro in the second round…Wildcards were awarded to Portugal’s Frederico Ferreira Silva and Pedro Sousa, and Spain’s Verdasco…Withdrawing from the field were Gilles Muller, Tommy Robredo, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Dmitry Tursunov…The absent Richard Gasquet beat Kyrgios in last year’s final.

Istanbul, Turkey; Surface: clay

Seeds: Bernard Tomic, Grigor Dimitrov, Ivo Karlovic, Federico Delbonis, Marcel Granollers, Jiri Vesely, Teymuraz Gabashvili, Albert Ramos-Vinolas

Floaters: none

Notes: No Top 20 players, but Istanbul you do have Bernie “The Tank Engine” Tomic! For at least a round…Wildcards went to Turkey’s Marsel Ilhan and Cem Ilkel, and Russian Karen Khachanov…Pulling from the event were Juan Monaco and Rajeev Ram…Apparently part of Tomic’s guarantee package was that he has to play doubles with Turkey’s Ilkel?…Last year’s final saw Roger Federer defeat Pablo Cuevas for the title.


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8 Comments for Del Potro Returns at Munich; ATP Previews This Week

Jun Says:

Yes! I get to comment first on a blog post.

But where are the top guys? At the very least, Roger should be defending the Istanbul title. That’s a very prestigious event. :)

Jun Says:

Istanbul: Not a bad draw. Atomic, Dr. Ivo, and Dimi are all here! My (wishful) pick: Vesely.

Estoril: Draw just a little bit better than Istanbul. Not by much. My pick: Kyrgios.

Munich: The best draw among the 3 events. JMDP is here, enough said. My pick: Thiem.

Daniel Says:

Curious to see how DelPo will fare on clay. He won’t be able to keep slicing BH all the time. Hope he doesn’t force his wrist too much and the more time passes by the better his wrist gets.

Green Lady Says:

Delpo has the game to trouble the very best on clay, he really shouldve beat Federer in 2009 at the FO, it depends how he is physically, hope he has a great week, im just not expecting miracles though ATM ….

danica Says:

Good luck DelPo! That’s all I can say. His come back won’t be fast and easy but I do hope he will reach at least his previous level.

And of course… GO SASHA!!! :)

J-Kath Says:

I want Delpo to take his talent to football…I worry about his wrists.

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Del Potro gets the first win, over Dustin Brown.

He has a sweet draw. He has another easy round, then the worst he can face in his half are Kohlschreiber and Fognini. Its definitely possible he could make the finals.

Not trying to get ahead of myself or anything, but DELPOMANIA begins.

jalep Says:

Brown has been out with an injury. It was a good 1st round match for Delpo.

Monfils pulled out with a groin injury. πŸ™ Which opens up Delpo’s half of the draw nicely. He’ll play Struff next, then Kohlschreiber in the QF, if he makes it that far.

SF will probably be Fognini now. Forza Fogna!

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