After March hand surgery ended Matteo Berrettini’s hopes of playing on the clay, the big Italian who made the Wimbledon final last year makes his return this week to tennis in Stuttgart where he’ll be the No. 2 seed behind Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The Greek took a late wildcard after his earlier-than-expected exit at the French Open last week to Holger Rune.
Berrettini, who hasn’t played since Indian Wells, could face countryman Lorenzo Sonego in the quarters and then either Wimbledon semifinalist Denis Shapovalov or lefty Ugo Humbert.
Tsitsipas had a tough rode with potentially the big-serving Maxime Cressy in his second round opener and then perhaps Andy Murray. The Scot who just made the semifinals at the Surbiton Challenger, will face Australian qualifier Christopher O’Connell and then either Alexander Bublik who Denis Kudla who he just lost to on Saturday.
Nick Kyrgios also return to play to face the young Czech Jiri Lehecka. Hubert Hurkacz, who upset Roger Federer last year in the Wimbledon quarterfinals, is also in the field.
Holger Rune, Reilly Opelka and Sebastian Korda were among the late withdrawals.
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