Americans make up three of the Top 4 seeds this week in Auckland where Jack Sock will attempt to defend his title as the No. 1 seed.
He will face stiff competition from former Grand Slam winner Juan Martin del Potro, fellow Americans Sam Querrey and John Isner, and rising stars Denis Shapopalov and Andrey Rublev.
Here’s a look at the field:
AUCKLAND, New Zealand; Surface: hard
Seeds: Jack Sock, Juan Martin del Potro, Sam Querrey, John Isner, Roberto Bautista Agut, Pablo Cuevas, David Ferrer, Andrey Rublev
Floaters: Denis Shapovalov
Notes: Sock the lone Top 10 representative but lots of seeded talent in Auckland…The Top 4 seeds receive opening-round byes…(2) Del Potro to start against the Shapovalov/qualifier winner…(5) Bautista Agut looking at a 2nd rd. American meeting with either last week’s Brisbane finalist Ryan Harrison or Steve Johnson…Wildcards went to Greece’s Stefanos Tsitsipas, New Zealand’s Michael Venus and China’s Wu Yibing…Sock is the defending champion, in last year’s final outlasting Joao Sousa in three sets…Returning champions are Sock (2017), Bautista Agut (2016), Jiri Vesely (2015), Isner (2014,’10), Ferrer (2013-11,’07), and Del Potro (2009).
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