Cilic Leads, but Unseeded Kyrgios, Wawrinka Add Sriracha to Japan Open Field; Preview
by Staff | September 29th, 2018, 2:09 pm
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Two Top 10 players and dangerous floaters such as Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka and Denis Shapovalov make the Japan Open a tournament to watch next week.
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RAKUTEN JAPAN OPEN TENNIS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
TOKYO, Japan; surface: hard

Seeds: Marin Cilic, Kevin Anderson, Kei Nishikori, Diego Schwartzman, Stefanos Tsitsipas, Milos Raonic, Chung Hyeon, Richard Gasquet

Floaters: Nick Kyrgios, Stan Wawrinka, Denis Shapovalov, Gilles Simon, Akex de Minaur

Notes:

Cilic and Anderson two Top 10ers in the field, with no byes for the seeds…

A mine field of unseeded floaters as (7) Chung starts against Shapovalov (winner to meet the Wawrinka-Taylor Fritz winner), Simon vs. De Minaur with the winner to meet (3) Tsitsipas, and (8) Gasquet vs. Kyrgios 2nd rd…

In the quarterfinals (2) Anderson looking at Kyrgios, and (1) Cilic vs. Wawrinka…

Wildcards were awarded to Japan’s Taro Daniel, Yoshihito Nishioka and Yuichi Sugita, and the American Fritz received a special exempt into the main draw after reaching an ATP main draw semi last week, leaving him unable to play the Japan Open qualifying…

Defending champion David Goffin and Lucas Pouille withdrew from the field…

Goffin beat Adrian Mannarino in last year’s final…

Former champs in the field are Kyrgios (2016), Wawrinka (2015), and Nishikori (2014,’12).

DID YOU KNOW? Toshiro Sakai beat Jun Kuki in the all-Japanese final when the tournament debuted in 1972. Since then Nishikori (2014,’12) has been the only Japanese winner, and a Japanese player has not lost in a Japan Open final since 1972.

 


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13 Comments for Cilic Leads, but Unseeded Kyrgios, Wawrinka Add Sriracha to Japan Open Field; Preview

AndyMira Says:

Hey Sean!….Your site seems like a haunted house lately[hehe]…why don’t u put a new thread involving jerk Verdasco berated an innocent ballboy yesterday?Now!…that sure will boil your site back!Whoooooohooooo!!


AndyMira Says:

And agree with Judy Murray…players should pick their own towel from now on!…Urgh!!…Some of them really is an ungrateful jerk!


Humble Rafa Says:

And agree with Judy Murray

Ogling Mr. Judy Murray? I am informing Deliciano ASAP.


Andy Mira Says:

Hahahaha!Funny HR!!


Margot Says:

Just you and HR on tx., AM. What a lovely romance…;)


Andy Mira Says:

M!…Hehehehe….Yeah!I have to thank HR for his loving companionship!

Btw…hey!…U forgot to join Brackets this week!Or u also a backhandpass M?


Margot Says:

AM: my laptop with a link to the brackets, got sick and had to go to hospital. She had to have a major operation. :( I googled and googled but couldn’t find the challenge anywhere.
I am visiting her on Wednesday and hoping she is fully recovered and can come home with me…..;)


AndyMira Says:

M!….Sorry bout your laptop!…Yeah!…i hope whatever illness that she suffered will be gone pretty soon[no doubt after we burned a few dollars/hundreds?]…

Hey!….Why u didn’t ask from me about TDC?I could give u a link M!…Shanghai is just around the corner,if u want it..just hollered k?

Btw…sorry bout Andy M!…We will wait patiently for him next year!…


Margot Says:

Let’s see if the patient has recovered by Friday, AM. If still unwell, I will ask you to send me the link. Thanks darling.


AndyMira Says:

M!….No prob boss!…At your service!!Hehe…

Oh yeah M!….I read Penko eat double bagels today!…60 60 babe!!….Woohohohoho!!….Unbelieveable!!


Margot Says:

I saw that AM. Is she injured?
Angie has had some surprising losses but seems to be on a bit of a winning streak. End of the year itis?


AndyMira Says:

M!…I read many articles but none mentioned Penko was injured…

Yeah!….Angie is find her mojo back atm M!…But,still lack of consistency at times…let’s see what’s her campaign in Beijing would bring…If she win against Zhang,she will meet the hot & in form Naomi next!…Whooo!!…That’s tough M!

But,most of all..feel really sad about Simona M!…She deserves to be at the top for her hard work all this time…But,yeah…..very unfortunate…Wish a speedy recovery for her…Go Sim!!


AndyMira Says:

Oh M!…Now i stumbled into 1 article that said Penko was dealing with a left arm injury the entire match yesterday…

Now we know the real reason for the double bagel!…heh heh…

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