BANQUE ERIC STURDZA GENEVA OPEN
Geneva, Switzerland; Surface: clay
Seeds: Stan Wawrinka, David Ferrer, Marin Cilic, John Isner, Philipp Kohlschreiber, Federico Delbonis, Steve Johnson, Sam Querrey
Floaters: Lukas Rosol, Mikhail Youzhny, Guillermo “G-Lo” Garcia-Lopez
Notes: Two Top 10ers in Wawrinka and Ferrer…(1) Isner after a bye will likely start against the upset specialist Rosol…(7) Johnson in a tough start against the veteran Youzhny, and (8) Querrey starts against G-Lo…Wildcards went to Cilic, Ferrer and Janko Tipsarevic…Thomaz Bellucci beat Joao Sousa in last year’s final…Bellucci (2015) is the lone returning champion in the field.
OPEN DE NICE COTE D’AZUR
Nice, France; Surface: clay
Seeds: Dominic Thiem, Gilles Simon, Kevin Anderson, Benoit Paire, Joao Sousa, Fabio Fognini, Andreas Seppi, Alexander Zverev
Notes: Thiem only Top 15 player in the field…Wildcards were awarded to Anderson, Fognini, and France’s Quentin Halys…Pulling from the field were Martin Klizan, Juan Monaco, and Tommy Robredo…Thiem (the lone returning champ in the field) beat Leo Mayer in last year’s final.
INTERNATIONAUX DE STRASBOURG
Strasbourg, France: Surface: clay
Seeds: Sara Errani, Sloane Stephens, Sam Stosur, Kristina Mladenovic, Monica Niculescu, Camila Giorgi, Elena Vesnina, Tímea Babos, Alize Cornet, Caroline Garcia
Floaters: (Q) Alla Kudryavtseva, Donna Vekic
Notes: No Top 15 players in the field…The wildcard allotment went to Errani and France’s Kristina Mladenovic and Pauline Parmentier…Tough starts for (9) Stephens vs. Vekic and (9) Cornet vs. Kudryavtseva…The storm of players pulling from the field included Daria Gavrilova, Camila Giorgi, Yanina Wickmayer and Caroline Wozniacki…Stosur beat Kriistina Mladenovic in last year’s final…Former champs in the field are Stosur (2015), Puig (2014), and Cornet (2013).
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