The first ATP event to ban players from a country in a long time takes place this week in London for the Queen’s Club event.
With Russian and Belarussian players forbidden from play, the event will still boast eight of the Top 20 players led by top seed and French finalist Casper Ruud, defending champion Matteo Berrettini and 5-time champion Andy Murray who just lost to Berrettini in the Stuttgart final.
2021 finalist Cameron Norrie, Indian Wells champion Taylor Fritz plus big men Reilly Opelka and Marin Cilic are also in the field.
Stan Wawrinka, Denis Shapovalov, Lorenzo Musetti and Jenson Brooksby are also entered.
Murray opens against Lorenzo Sonego with a Berrettini rematch in the second round. In that same section, Wawrinka meets Frances Tiafoe and Berrettini battles Dan Evans.
If the quarters hold, Ruud will face Diego Schwartzman, Fritz faces 2-time champ Cilic, Opelka will take on De Minaur and Berrettini will collide with Wimbledon semifinalist Shapovalov.
Last year, Berrettini downed Norrie and then of course went on to the Wimbledon final. Only one Russian or Belarussian played the event a year ago — Aslan Karatsev.
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