Zverev Returns To Clay In Hamburg, Thiem Top Seed
by Staff | July 21st, 2019, 9:07 pm

After a rough 2-3 mark on the grass, the struggling Alexander Zverev returns to clay this week in Hamburg where he should have plenty of crowd support.

The second-seeded German star will be joined by top seed Dominic Thiem, No. 3 Fabio Fognini and defending champion Nikolaz Basilashvili.

Zverev will meet newly-crowned Bastad winner Nicolas Jarry. The Chilean beat Zverev in Barcelone before Zverev got revenge in a tight Geneva final.

Thiem, who lost his only match on grass to Sam Querrey at Wimbledon, will take on former Top 20 Pablo Cuevas.

Among the other first round matches to watch: Paire v Chardy, Ruud v Haase and Rublev v Garin.

Projected quarterfinals: Thiem-Garin, Fognini-Struff, Paire-Basilashvili, Djere-Zverev.

Last year, Basilashvili beat Leonardo Mayer for the title.

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7 Comments for Zverev Returns To Clay In Hamburg, Thiem Top Seed

SG1 Says:

Cuevas-Thiem is a respectable match!

Tennis Fan Says:

Guys like Sasha and Thiem playing on clay before the hard court season makes me wonder what’s wrong with these guys? Can’t imagine Fed, Rafa or Novak doing this.

j-kath Says:

Tennis Fan: Might it be they feel the need to raise their point levels in order to qualify for end-of-year contest in London?

Madmax Says:

J-kath, did you read this about Andrew Castle?

“Mirka Federer, the wife of Wimbledon finalist Roger Federer, was seen in the crowd for his Grand Slam title match against Novak Djokovic.

During a tense match that went to five sets, commentator Andrew Castle suggested that Mirka’s wedding ring looked expensive.

He said: “Doesn’t look like costume jewellery, does it, on the finger?”

But some Twitter users weren’t happy with his comment, and blasted the former British tennis player.

Doesn’t look like costume jewellery, does it, on the finger?

Andrew Castle

“You’re paid to comment on the tennis, not Mirka’s jewellery,” said one tennis fan.

“Andrew Castle going on about money earned and now Mirka not having costume jewellery on,” said another. “He’s coming across very bitter. Roger Grand Slams 20 – Andrew 0.”

j-kath Says:

I heard Andrew Castle say it – and spilt my coffee all over the settee. I am so sick of him. Facetious jerk. And he continues to be paid a small fortune for his BBC commentary work….and to add insult to injury they’re all getting a pay rise – but in order to do so the BBC is de-franchising the older generation by cancelling their free viewing rights….can you imagine people aged 80+, especially those who are disabled and/or feeble who rarely get out of their homes and struggle to meet their daily needs having to fork out a chunk of money in order to watch TV (which is often their only companion) and are threatened with jail etc. if they don’t pay. The paint in “my family” room has turned blue with my unlady-like swearing when Andrew Castle comes to mind.

Colin Says:

At least you can drink coffee, which I can’t on account of my blood pressure.
I am currently trying to face the fact that we in the UK have a Prime Minister who is a bigger (and richer) clown than Castle. Luckily for me my free TV license is safe as I get Pension Credit. Somehow in the last few years I have got so senile I had my age wrong. I’m not 83 as I thought – I’m 84.
Right now my main concern is trying to keep cool in the humid weather.
Tonight there is a red moon, though I can’t see it properly as I’m one-eyed, having had an op on my right eye for cataract and lens replacement. When I change the dressing I do see much more clearly with the “new” right eye, and will then have the left optic fixed. I’m looking forward to seeing the Murray brothers play in Washington. Of course Jamie will take charge as he always does.
Isn’t it amazing that we have never seen pictures of either of Andy’s daughters? Fed and Djoker get maximum publicity from their kids, and good luck to them, but the Murrays (I suspect it’s mostly Kim)opt for privacy.

j-kath Says:

Isn’t there caffein-free coffee? Pleased to hear your eye problems are being corrected – that is absolutely terrific. Also hope U have family or friends living close to you.

Yes, I’ve heard the discussion re. Pension Credit but there sounds like there’s a lot of resistance to that i.e. people in small communities who have lost their post office, all their banks and don’t want to carry out what they consider private negotiations at the local shop where everybody gets to know their business.

As for our latest “Clown” who looks and sounds like Trump (except he’s more erudite)is getting public money to buy a new bed and re-furbish No.10 because his first wife evidently took all his household goods….words fail me….whether one voted
leave or remain, we don’t deserve this.

And Andy – getting back on court – I approve of playing doubles – see how he gets on. We have had glimpses of Andy’s first daughter – but I wonder about his second – is there some health difficulty that they are working thru?

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