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The Championships, Wimbledon 2015 Gentlemen’s Preview and Winner

Event Name:   The Championships, Wimbledon 2015
Where: London, England
Dates: June 29- July 12
Surface: Grass
Tour: WTA & ATP
Defending Champ: Novak Djokovic
Runner-up:      Roger Federer

Roger Federer returns to the All-England Club one season after losing a heartbreaking fifth & final set to Novak Djokovic. It was the last time Fed was able to be in the final of a major. However, this is 2015 and the No. 2 seed has another opportunity to win his eighth title. Will this be his last chance to win a major? Hopefully not, I would love to see him finish his career like Pete Sampras did.

To see preview of the Ladies side you can click here.

Novak Djokovic comes into the tourney disappointed he could not claim a career grand slam at the French Open earlier this month. If there is a favorite to win the tile it must be Djok, right? He has been in both grand slam finals thus far this season and won one. Novak is also the defending champ.

People are writing off Rafael Nadal. Some have gone as far as saying that his career is over based on his horrible showing during the clay season. I would think that Rafa is allowed to have on bad year on clay. The guy has won nine French Opens and people think he can win another. It’s no secret that grass is not his favorite surface, but can he be called an underdog?

Stan Wawrinka proved all the haters wrong in Paris, as he was able to pick up his second major. He has the ability to push all of the other top players. He will be an interesting player to watch.

David Ferrer will not win because he can’t beat a player better than him. He doesn’t even pick up an occasional upset over the top players.

It appears once again that my favorite country, USA, will not be bringing home a major any time soon. John Isner is the best bet we have, but he is like Ferrer. It’s like he freezes against bigger named players.

Notable gentlemen in the field

Seed Players
1 Novak Djokovic
2 Roger Federer
3 Andy Murray
4 Stan Wawrinka
5 Kei Nishikori
6 Tomas Berdych
7 Milos Raonic
8 David Ferer
9 Marin Cilic
10 Rafael Nadal
11 Grigor Dimitrov
12 Gilles Simon
13 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga
14 Kevin Anderson
15 Feliciano Lopez
16 David Goffin
17 John Isner
18 Gael Monfils
19 Tommy Robredo
20 Roberto Bautista Agut
21 Richard Gasquet
22 Viktor Troicki
23 Ivo Karlovic
24 Leonardo Mayer
25 Andreas Seppi
26 Nick Kyrgios
27 Bernard Tomic
28 Pablo Cuevas
29 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez
30 Fabio Fognini
31 Jack Sock
32 Dominic Thiem

After all of that it is time for my pick. Drum roll please…

I’m going with No. 3 seed Andy Murray to pick up the win. Shocker, I hope not. He is the equal to Djok, Federer, Wawrinka and every other player in the field. Amélie Mauresmo has been an outstanding coach for him. For those of us that had the chance to watch Amélie play, it is easy to compare her game and circumstance to Murray. It has not been easy for him to overcome the other top players en route to his two major victories. Mauresmo had to beat players like Serena Williams and Justine Henin.

Who do you have winning The Championships?

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Game Set Match

Moo’s Tennis Blog

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The Championships, Wimbledon 2015 Ladies Preview and Winner

Event Name:   The Championships, Wimbledon 2015
Where: London, England
Dates: June 29- July 12
Surface: Grass
Tour: WTA & ATP
Defending Champ: Petra Kvitova
Runner-up:      Eugenie Bouchard

When I think of Wimbledon every year I think of strawberries and cream. It looks so good. I’ll have to try it whenever I go to London. However, that has nothing to do with The Championships this year.

Once again the favorite is Serena Williams. The only person that can possibly beat her is Serena Williams. Every opponent she may have in the tournament will have to play their A+++++ game and have Serena commit a lot of unforced errors. Williams is 69-8 against the current top 10 players in the world. Is that a form of intimidation or a lack of motivation for the other ladies? With a Wimbledon win Serena will:

  1. Complete her second Serena Slam (win all four majors consecutively, but not in the same year.
  2. Be one major shy of completing the season grand slam. This feat has been done three times (Maureen Connolly Brinker in 1953, Margaret Court in 1970, & Steffi Graf in 1988) Graf actually completed the Golden Slam that season. She won an Olympic Gold medal that season as well.
  3. Will only be one major behind Graf for the most all-time in the Open era.
  4. Pick up her 6th win at the All- England Club. She would then be three back of Martina Navratilova.

You can see the gentlemen’s preview here.

The matches are played on the court and not on paper and that’s why these people may have an outside chance of winning if Serena is unable to get the job done:

  • Petra Kvitova is the defending champion and has won two of these titles in the past four years. She will need to play strong in the early rounds to gain momentum. She does have tendencies to get upset early in majors.
  • Maria Sharapova would love more than to be the person to stop Serena as she has already accomplished this feat in 2004 to claim her first major. Sharapova also has the ability to get upset. She is my favorite is Serena goes out.
  • Caroline Wozniacki has been playing great since breaking up with Rory McIlroy last season. However, she still has yet to win a major. She has the ability to fly under the radar to win the title.
  • Venus Williams has won this championship on five separate occasions and may still have some magic left in the bottle. Sloane Stevens knocked her out in the first round of the French Open. Venus didn’t play bad in the match. Stephens outplayed the veteran.
  • Madison Keys is my dark horse pick. She has the power and pace needed to contend on this surface. Keys proved earlier this season at the Australian that she belongs in the conversation of players for the future.
  • Finally, there is a young woman named Vika. Victoria Azarenka is much better than her ranking. Reminder, it is because of her injuries last season. She has played great since coming and I expect that to resume.

Notable ladies in the field:

Seed Players
1 Serena Williams
2 Petra Kvitova
3 Simona Halep
4 Maria Sharapova
5 Caroline Wozniacki
6 Lucie Safarova
7 Ana Ivanovic
8 Ekaterina Makarova
9 Carla Suarez-Navarro
10 Angelique Kerber
11 Karolina Pliskova
12 Eugenie Bouchard
13 Aga Radwanska
14 Andrea Petkovic
15 Timea Bacsinszky
16 Venus Williams
17 Elina Svitolina
18 Sabine Lisicki
19 Sara Errani
20 Garbine Muguruza
21 Madison Keys
22 Sam Stosur
23 Victoria Azarenka
24 Flavia Pennetta
25 Alize Cornet
26 Svetlana Kuznetsova
27 Barbora Strycova
28 Jelena Jankovic
29 Irina-Camelia Begu
30 Belinda Bencic
31 Camila Giorgi
32 Caroline Garcia

After all of that it is time for my pick. Drum roll please…

Of course I’m going with Serena. She is playing out of her mind. As tennis players mature in age they are supposed to regress in skills (i.e. Roger Federer) but Williams has gotten stronger. She knows what a win this year means in respect to history and I do not expect any person to be able to prevent her from winning Wimbledon.

Who do you have winning The Championships?

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French Open Preview

Event Name:   French Open
Where: Roland Garros; Paris, France
Dates: 5/24/15 – 6/7/15
Surface: Clay
Tour: WTA & ATP
Defending Champs: Rafael Nadal & Maria Sharapova
Runner-up:      Novak Djokovic & Simona Halep

The 2015 is loaded with questions and will surely be two weeks of action that we fans will not want miss. Is it time for a “changing of the guard” on the women’s side? If it is who will be there to take over? Underdogs like Carla Suarez Navarro can make a huge push. What? Navarro is ranked 8th and you are calling her an underdog? Yes, she has improved her game that much. She has somehow run into a monster named Serena every time, but she has played great against everyone else. it is hard for me to pick Ivanovic, Bouchard, and Wozniacki just because you never know which one of those ladies will show up. The only person outside of the top 10 that I believe has a chance to win is Vika. You’ll find the reason later on.

On the guy’s only seven of the top eight players have a chance of winning to be frank. David Ferrer is the Aga Radwanska of men’s tennis. Both players receive high rankings, but they can not beat better players. Like ever! Last season Kei Nishikori thrusted himself into the conversation of being the best men’s player, but I do not believe he is ready to win. John Isner continues to play well in none major events, and I expect that trend to press on. More on the chances of Amercians and the French later on.

Women’s Side:

  • All eyes are on Serena as it is her tournament to lose. She seeks to claim major win number twenty and her third straight major victory overall. Will her elbow injury prevent her from a victory?
  • Can Sharapova go into a major tourney without losing in an upset early? She should be able to come out of her quarter easily.
  • Simona Halep is a finalist from last year, will she be able to break through to get her first major win.
  • Victoria Azarenka seems to be getting back to her old self, as she is now healthy. She had Serena down for a couple of match points down in Madrid before choking. Vika is ranked 27th, but is clearly not an underdog. She will most likely face Serena in the 3rd round.
  • 1st round match I am most looking forward to seeing: Venus Williams versus Sloane Stephens. People wrote the 34-year-old Williams off a few years ago, by she has fought off disease and non-believers to get back to being a major championship threat. In 2013, Stephens was pronounced the American heir to Serena’s crown, but she followed up with an awful 2014. Sloane has been up and down all season, as her record is 11-9, but I expect her to put up a battle against Venus.

Men’s side:

  • So this guy named Rafael Nadal has won this event in the past five years. Actually, he has won nine of the past ten French Opens. He will come into the tourney ranked sixth, but I must say that I do not expect him to win this year. For his standards he has been awful on clay. Typically, he wins every match on the red stuff, but he has only won one clay tournament he entered this year. It will be tough; if anyone can defy the odds it’s him.
  • Can Novak finally win the French? No other questions needed.
  • 33-year-old, Roger Federer will pursue his second major at Roland Garros. He has played great in 2015, but can he defeat Novak and Rafa. They seem to be his kryptonite.
  • Will an American break through to win the title? No.
  • Will a Frenchman break through to win the title? No, but they have better chances than the Americans.

Top 32 Seeds:

Seed Men Women
1 Novak Djokovic Serena Wiliams
2 Roger Federer Maria Sharapova
3 Andy Murray Simona Halep
4 Tomas Berdych Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori Caroline Wozniacki
6 Rafael Nadal Eugenie Bouchard
7 David Ferrer Ana Ivanovic
8 Stan Wawrinka Carla Suárez Navarro
9 Martin Cilic Ekaterina Makarova
10 Grigor Dimitrov Andrea Petkovic
11 Feliciano Lopez Angelique Kerber
12 Gilles Simon Karolina Pliskova
13 Gael Monfils Lucie Safarova
14 Jo-Wilfred Tsonga Aga Radwanska
15 Kevin Anderson Venus Williams
16 John Isner Madison Keys
17 David Goffin Sara Errani
18 Tommy Robredo Svetlana Kuznetsova
19 Roberto Bautista Agut Elina Svitolina
20 Richard Gasquet Sabine Lisicki
21 Pablo Cuevas Garbiñe Muguruza
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber Barbora Strycova
23 Leonardo Mayer Timea Bacsinszky
24 Ernests Gulbis Peng Shuai
25 Ivo Karlovic Jelena Jankovic
26 Guillermo Garcia-Lopez Sam Stosur
27 Bernard Tomic Vika Azarenka
28 Fabio Fognini Flavia Pennetta
29 Nick Kyrgios Alizė Cornet
30 Adrian Mannarino Irina-Camelia Begu
31 Viktor Troicki Caroline Garcia
32 Fernando Verdasco Zarina Diyas

My Predictions: Serena Williams & Novak Djokovic

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Abierto Monterrey Afirme Preview

Event Name:   Abierto Monterrey Afirme
Where: Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico
Dates: March 2-8
Surface: Hard
Tour: WTA
Defending Champ: Ana Ivanovic
Runner-up:      Jovana Jaksic

Last season former world number one, Ana Ivanovic, was able to defeat Jovana Jaksic to record her second victory in 2014. It was the thirteenth career victory for the Serbian. Both of last year’s finalists will return to the field in 2015.

Notable players in the field:

Ana Ivanovic Eugenie Bouchard
Sara Errani Jelena Jankovic
Caroline Garcia Irina- Camelia Begu
Timea Bacsinszky Roberta Vinci
Anastasia Paulyuchenkova Sloane Stephens
Alison Riske Daniela Hantuchova
Magdalena Rybarikova Monica Puig
Vera Zvonareva Francesca Schiavone
Christina Mchale Karin Knapp
Lauren Davis Yaroslava Shvedova

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Nishikori looks for three straight in Memphis (Preview)

Event Name:   Memphis Open
Where: Memphis, USA
Dates: 2/7 – 2/15
Surface: Indoor Hard Court
Tour: ATP
Defending Champ: Kei Nishikori
Runner-up:      Ivo Karlovic

Kei Nishikori will be looking to win his third straight Memphis Open next week in Tennessee. He is coming off of a trip to the quarterfinals in the Australian Open. This year he may have to play the number one ranked male American, John Isner.

This tourney is one of the longest-running American tournaments on the ATP Tour.

Notable players in the field: 

Kei Nishikori John Isner
Kevin Anderson Sam Querrey
Ivo Karlovic Alexandr Dolgopolov
Steve Johnson Benjamin Becker
Bernard Tomic Donald Young

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Berdych will look to repeat at ABN World Tennis Tournament (Preview)

Event Name:   ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament
Where: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Dates: 2/9 – 2/15
Surface: Hard
Tour: ATP
Defending Champ: Tomas Berdych
Runner-up:      Marin Cilic

Tomas Berdych will look to win his second ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in as many years. Last season he was able to defeat Marin Cilic 6-4 6-2. This year a very tough field will join him. Four members of the top ten players will be playing in the Netherlands.

Notable players in the field:

Stan Wawrinka Andy Murray
Tomas Berdych Milos Raonic
Jo- Wilfred Tsonga Ernests Gulbis
Roberto Bautista Agut Gael Monfils
Gilles Simon David Goffin
Philipp Kohlschreiber Julien Benneteau
Jeremy Chardy Guillermo Garcia- Lopez
Jerzy Janowicz Andreas Seppi
Marin Cilic Grigor Dimitrov

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BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games returns (Preview)

Event Name:  BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games
Where: Antwerp, Belgium
Dates: 2/7-2/15
Surface: Hard
Tour: WTA
Defending Champ: Justine Henin (2008)
Runner-up:  Karin Knapp

The BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games returns next week for the first time in seven seasons. Tennis legend and four-time major champion, Kim Clijsters is the tournament director. The last time this tournament was played Justine Henin won the final 6-3 6-3.

Notable players in the field:

Eugenie Bouchard Angelique Kerber
Dominika Cibulkova Andrea Petkovic
Lucie Safarova Carla Suarez Navarro
Alize Cornet Karolina Pliskova

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Open Sud de France Preview

Event Name:   Open Sud de France
Where: Montpellier, France
Dates: 2/2-2/8
Surface: Indoor Hard Court
Tour: ATP
Defending Champ: Gael Monfils
Runner-up:      Richard Gasquet

Gael Monfils will look to retain his championship at the Open Sud de France next week in Montpellier, France. It was his second time winning the title as he defeated Ivan Ljubicic in 2010. It was his fifth win since turning professional.

There are three tournaments being played so players are spread out around the world.

Notable players in the field:

Gael Monfils Giles Simon
Philipp Kohlschreiber Julien Benneteau
Richard Gasquet Jerzy Janowicz

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Australian Open Preview

Event Name:   Australian Open
Where: Melbourne, Australia
Dates: 1/19-2/1
Surface: Hard Court
Tour: Both
Defending Champ: Stan Wawrinka & Li Na
Runner-up:      Rafael Nadal & Dominika Cibulkova

It feels as if the 2015 tennis season just started and players are already down under for the first major of the year. Many different storylines at play for this year’s tournament.

Women’s Side:

  • Is Serena poised for #19. Last season, in the first three major championships she did not make it into the quarterfinals. She is seeking her fifth championship.
  • If Maria Sharapova does go against Serena in the finals, can she figure out a way to beat her?
  • Can someone break through to get their first major title? Players like Simona Halep, Aga Radwanska, Eugenie Bouchard and Caroline Wozniacki.

Men’s Side:

  • Will Stan Wawrinka prove that last year was no fluke?
  • Does Roger have one more push left in him?
  • Can an American make it to the Round of 16? At this point they all seem hopeless.

Juan Martin del Potro has withdrawn from the tournament. Click here for the story.


Seeded Players:

Seed Male Female
1 Novak Djokovic Serena Williams
2 Roger Federer Maria Sharapova
3 Rafael Nadal Simona Halep
4 Stan Wawrinka Petra Kvitova
5 Kei Nishikori Ana Ivanovic
6 Andy Murray Aga Radwanska
7 Tomas Berdych Eugenie Bouchard
8 Milos Raonic Caroline Wozniacki
9 David Ferrer Angelique Kerber
10 Grigor Dimitrov Ekaterina Makarova
11 Ernests Gulbis Dominika Cibulkova
12 Feliciano Lopez Flavia Pennetta
13 Roberto Bautista Agut Andrea Petkovic
14 Kevin Anderson Sara Errani
15 Tommy Robredo Jelena Jankovic
16 Fabio Fognini Lucie Safarova
17 Gael Monfils Carla Suarez Navarro
18 Giles Simon Venus Williams
19 John Isner Alize Cornet
20 David Goffin Sam Stosur
21 Alexandr Dolgopolov Shuai Peng
22 Philipp Kohlschreiber Karolina Pliskova
23 Ivo Karlovic Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
24 Richard Gasquet Garbine Muguruza
25 Julien Benneteau Barbora Zahiaviva Strycova
26 Leonardo Mayer Elina Svitolina
27 Pablo Cuevas Svetlana Kuznetsova
28 Lukas Rosoi Sabine Lisicki
29 Jeremy Chardy Casey Deliacqua
30 Santiago Giraido Varvara Lepchenko
31 Fernando Verdasco Zarina Diyas
32 Martin Klizan Belinda Bencic

For personal reasons, I want to see Serena and Federer win the titles. Who do you want to see take the title home? Comment below.


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Hobart International Preview

Event Name:   Hobart International
Where: Hobart, Australia
Dates: January 11-17, 2015
Surface: Hard Court
Tour: WTA
Defending Champ: Gabine Muguruza
Runner-up:      Klara Koukalova

The Hobart International will soon take place next week, as the annual tournament will host a few up and coming stars of tomorrow. Gabine Muguruza made an unexpected run last year en route to the capturing of the championship. Klara Koukalova lost the title match 6-4 6-0. Muguruza will not be back to defend her title.

Notable players in the field:

Sloane Stevens

Heather Watson

Daniela Hantuchova

Casey Dellacqua

Varvara Lepchenko

Klara Koukalova

Mona Barthel

Allison Riske

Kirsten Flipkens

Roberta Vinci

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Apia International Sydney Preview

Event Name:   Apia International Sydney
Where: Sydney, Australia
Dates: 1/11- 1/17
Surface: Hard
Tour: ATP & WTA
Defending Champ: Juan Martin del Potro & Tsvetana Pironkova
Runner-up:      Bernard Tomic & Angelique Kerber

Both of the tours find their way to the 2015 Apia International Sydney where players will get their final opportunity to prepare for the 2015 Australian Open. Juan Martin del Potro will make his return to tennis after missing nearly a year with a left wrist injury. He went from being ranked 4th to being ranked 135. Del Potro will look to defend his title as he did defeat Bernard Tomic here last season.

The women’s side is star studded. Six of the top ten players will be get a chance to win the championship. Expect Halep, Kvitova, Aga Radwanska, and Wozniacki to make a deep run to set up for the Open.

Notable players in the field:

Men Women
Juan Martin del Potro Simona Halep
Bernard Tomic Petra Kvitova
Sam Querry Agnieszka Radwanska
Fabio Fognini Caroline Wozniacki
David Goffin Angelique Kerber
Philipp Kohlschreiber Sara Errani
Julien Benneteau Sabine Lisicki
Leonardo Mayer Dominika Cibulkova
Jeremy Chardy Ekaterina Makarova
Benjamin Becker Flavia Pennetta

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Heineken Open Preview

Event Name:   Heineken Open
Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: 1/12- 1/17
Surface: Hard
Tour: ATP World Tour
Defending Champ: John Isner
Runner-up:      Yen-Hsun Lu

One of the next stops on the ATP Tour is in Auckland, New Zealand where the 2015 Heineken Open will be played. Last year, John Isner was able to defeat Yen-Hsun Lu 7-6 7-6. Both of the guys will be in the field along with many others next week in the final tune up for the Australian Open. Look out for David Ferrer next week. He was won this event four times.

Notable players in the field:

David Ferrer

John Isner

Ernests Gulbis

Tommy Robredo

Gael Monfils

Roberto Bautista Agut

Kenny Anderson

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ASB Classic Preview

Event Name:   ‘ASB Classic
Where: Auckland, New Zealand
Dates: January 5-10, 2015
Surface: Hard
Defending Champ: Ana Ivanovic
Runner-up: Venus Williams

For some of the ladies on the WTA Tour the season will begin in New Zealand. A start studded field will try to get the season started off right as 11 of the top 50 players in the world will battle for the ‘ASB Classic title. Ana Ivanovic defeated Venus Williams in the final last season 62 57 64 to get her first title since November of 2011. Ivanovic will not be in this year’s field, however. She has opted to go to the Brisbane International. Seven-time singles Grand Slam champion, Williams, will return to Auckland.

Notable players in the field:

Caroline Wozniacki

Sara Errani

Venus Williams

Barbora Zahalova Strycova

Svetlana Kuznetsova

Sloane Stephens

Coco Vandeweghe

Mona Barthel

Kurumi Nara

Kirsten Flipkens

Roberta Vinci

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2015 Brisbane International Preview

Event Name:   Brisbane International Presented by Suncorp
Where: Brisbane, Australia
Dates: January 4-11, 2015
Surface: Hard
Defending Champ: Lleyton Hewitt & Serena Williams
Runner-up:      Roger Federer & Victoria Azarenka

The 2015 tennis season begins next week at the Brisbane International. There are a couple of stout fields ready to show off their new talents before the Australian Open begins in a couple of weeks.

Lleyton Hewitt is ready to defend his title. He beat Roger Federer 61 46 63. It was one of his two titles that he picked up on the year. For Federer, however, it was actually the beginning to a great year. People had written off the seventeen-time grand slam winner, but he proved that he was still a threat to everyone on the ATP Tour.

On the ladies side, Serena Williams will not be in the field this year to defend title. It appears as if she will make her debut at the Aussie Open. Maria Sharapova headlines the field that is mixed with veterans and young hopefuls. Vika Azarenka will try to get over the hurdle this year. Last season, was basically a wash for her, but now seems to be healthy and ready to perform.

Notable women’s singles in the field:

  • Maria Sharapova
  • Victoria Azarenka
  • Ana Ivanovic
  • Angelique Kerber
  • Dominika Cibulkova
  • Andrea Petkovic
  • Jelena Jankovic
  • Carla Suárez Navarro
  • Gabine Muguruza
  • Sam Stosur
  • Sabine Lisicki

Notable men’s singles in the field:

  • Lleyton Hewitt
  • Roger Federer
  • Kei Nishikori
  • Milos Raonic
  • Grigor Dimitrov
  • Kevin Anderson
  • Gilles Simon
  • Sam Querrey
  • Bernard Tomic

Men’s singles that have withdrawn:

  • Marin Cilic
  • Juan Martin del Potro

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