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Lindsay Davenport Hails Federer’s Rotterdam Entry As A ‘Great Sign’

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Three-time grand slam champion Lindsay Davenport believes Roger Federer’s decision to play in Rotterdam next week is a good sign of his current fitness.

 

The Swiss 36-year-old has accepted a wildcard into the ATP 500 event, which is held at the Ahoy Rotterdam. Federer will have a chance of creating history if he produces a deep run at the event. If he reaches at least the semifinals, he will return to world No.1 for the first time since 2012. Becoming the oldest-ever No.1. Beating Andre Agassi’s previous record of 33 years and 131 days set in 2003.

“This is big news and it certainly signals to everybody how big getting back to number one is to Roger Federer,” Davenport told the Tennis Channel.

Davenport, who spent 98 weeks as world No.1 during her career, believes Federer’s wildcard entry is also a tactical move by him. The Swiss player will have a wide range of points to defend over the coming week. He is the reigning champion in Indian Wells and Miami. Two Masters 1000 tournaments that will take place next month.

“He has a lot of points to defend later in the year – 1000 points at Indian Wells where he won last year, 1000 points in Miami where he also won.” She explained.
“So he might look at that as a window to get to that number one ranking.
“I’m thrilled that he is able to play in Rotterdam but it also shows that even after winning another major and playing seven matches, his body is healthy.
“It’s really great signs for Fed.”

Federer, who recently won his 20th grand slam title at the Australian Open, trails Rafael Nadal by 145 points in the race to the top of the ATP Emirates rankings. He has already spent 302 weeks as world No.1. More than any other player in the history of men’s tennis. Next week will be his ninth appearance at the Rotterdam Open, which he has won on two previous occasions. His current win-loss record at the event stands at 23-6.

The Rotterdam Open, which will start on Monday, has a star-studded field. Joining Federer in the draw will be Grigor Dimitrov, David Goffin, Alexander Zverev, Stan Wawrinka and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.

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Updated Entry Lists For ATP Cup, Adelaide, Melbourne

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The 2022 ATP Tour season will start with an exciting week in Australia, featuring three tournaments.

 

The first week of the Australian hard-court swing will include the ATP Cup and two ATP 250 events in Adelaide and Melbourne. The ATP Cup will be played in Sydney and it will already start on Saturday (1st of January), while the two other tournaments are scheduled to begin next week.

Rafael Nadal, Reilly Opelka and Grigor Dimitrov lead the acceptance list for the Melbourne Summer Set, where Nick Kyrgios has been given a Wild-Card. Gael Monfils, Karen Khachanov and Marin Cilic will be the first three seeds of the Adelaide International.

In the ATP Cup, 16 teams will compete in Sydney, including last year’s champion Russia with Daniil Medvedev. Novak Djokovic, Dominic Thiem and Andrey Rublev have withdrawn and Austria has been replaced by France.

NEWS: Lloyd Harris has withdrawn from Melbourne; Alex Molcan has taken his place.


ATP Cup, Sydney (AUS, Hard):
Serbia: Lajovic, Krajinovic, Cacic, Sabanov
Russia: Medvedev, Safiullin, Karlovskiy
Germany: A. Zverev, Struff, Hanfmann, Krawietz, Puetz
Greece: S. Tsitsipas, Pervolarakis, Kalovelonis, P. Tsitsipas, Thanos
Great Britain: Norrie, Evans, Broady, Salisbury, J. Murray
Argentine: Schwartzman, Delbonis, Coria, M. Gonzalez, Molteni
Chile: Garin, Tabilo, Barrios Vera
Spain: Bautista-Agut, Carreno-Busta, Ramos-Vinolas, Davidovich-Fokina, P. Martinez
Italy: M. Berrettini, Sinner, Sonego, Bolelli, Fognini
Norway: Ruud, Durasovic, Hellum-Lilleengen, L. Rivera, A. Petrovic
Poland: Hurkacz, Majchrzak, Zuk, Zielinski, Walkow
Canada: Auger-Aliassime, Shapovalov, Schnur, Diez
Georgia: Basilashvili, Metreveli, Bakshi, Tkemaladze, Purtseladze
United States: Fritz, Isner, Nakashima, Ram
Australia (WC): De Minaur, Duckworth, Purcell, Peers, Saville
France: Humbert, Rinderknech, Roger-Vasselin, F. Martin


ATP 250 Adelaide (AUS, Hard), entry list:
Monfils, Gael (FRA)
Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Cilic, Marin (CRO)
OUT Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Fucsovics, Marton (HUN)
OUT Korda, Sebastian (USA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Djere, Laslo (SRB)
Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
OUT Rinderknech, Arthur (FRA)
Musetti, Lorenzo (ITA)
Mager, Gianluca (ITA)
Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
OUT Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Millman, John (AUS)
Carballes Baena, Roberto (ESP)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
Vesely, Jiri (CZE)
Altmaier, Daniel (GER)
Johnson, Steve (USA)
WC Bolt, Alex (AUS)
WC Kokkinakis, Thanasi (AUS)
WC Vukic, Aleksandar (AUS)
Alternates:
OUT Molcan, Alex (SVK)
IN Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
IN Cerundolo, Juan Manuel (ARG)
IN Moutet, Corentin (FRA)
IN Ymer, Mikael (SWE)

Alt.1 Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
Alt.2 Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
Alt.3 Baez, Sebastian (ARG)

ATP 250 Adelaide, qualifying:
OUT Ymer, Mikael (SWE)
Otte, Oscar (GER)
Rune, Holger (DEN)
Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
Albot, Radu (MDA)
Daniel, Taro (JPN)
Cerundolo, Francisco (ARG)
Varillas, Juan Pablo (PER)
Rodionov, Jurij (AUT)
OUT Sousa, Joao (POR)
OUT Kovalik, Jozef (SVK)
OUT Moraing, Mats (GER)
OUT Pouille, Lucas (FRA)

Alt Smith, John-Patrick (AUS)
Alt Heliovaara, Harri (FIN)
WC Lamchinniah, Henry (AUS)
WC Winter, Edward (AUS)
Alternates:
OUT Ymer, Elias (SWE)
OUT Purcell, Max (AUS)
OUT Vilella Martinez, Mario (ESP)
IN Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
IN Janvier, Maxime (FRA)
IN Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

Alt.1 Statham, Rubin (NZL)
Alt.2 Smith, John-Patrick (AUS)
Alt.3 Heliovaara, Harri (FIN)
Alt.4 Cozbinov, Alexander (MDA)



ATP 250 Melbourne (AUS, Hard), entry list:
Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
OUT Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
Goffin, David (BEL)
OUT Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
Van de Zandschulp, Botic (NED)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Griekspoor, Tallon (NED)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
Mannarino, Adrian (FRA)
Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
Bagnis, Facundo (ARG)
Munar, Jaume (ESP)
Travaglia, Stefano (ITA)
Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
WC Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
(WC)
WC O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
Alternates:
IN Gojowczyk, Peter (GER)
IN Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
IN Molcan, Alex (SVK)

OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
OUT
Cerundolo, Juan Manuel (ARG)

Alt.1 Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
Alt.2 Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
Alt.3 Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)

ATP 250 Melbourne, qualifying:
OUT Molcan, Alex (SVK)
OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
OUT Cerundolo, Juan Manuel (ARG)

Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)
Baez, Sebastian (ARG)
Cecchinato, Marco (ITA)
Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
Kudla, Denis (USA)
Cressy, Maxime (USA)
Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
Etcheverry, Tomas Martin (ARG)
WC Polmans, Marc (AUS)
WC Hijikata, Rinky (AUS)
Alternates:
IN Sousa, Joao (POR)
OUT Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
IN Kovalik, Jozef (SVK)
IN Pouille, Lucas (FRA)

Alt.1 Celikbilek, Altug (TUR)
OUT Ymer, Elias (SWE)
Alt.2 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.3 Giannessi, Alessandro (ITA)
Alt.4 Polmans, Marc (AUS)
Alt.5 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

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Updated Entry List For Toronto

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After Washington, the US Open Series will continue with the prestigious Master 1000 event in Canada.

 

Having been played since 1968, the Canadian Master 1000 tournament is one of the most historically significant events on the men’s tennis tour. This year the National Bank Open will take place in Toronto from the 9th to the 15th of August.

The defending champion Rafael Nadal is committed to play the tournament, as well as Daniil Medvedev and Roger Federer, while Novak Djokovic has decided to skip it. All the other top-20 players are in the list, excepting Dominic Thiem and David Goffin. Canada’s Vasek Pospisil and Australia’s Nick Kyrgios have been given a Wild Card for the main draw.

NEWS: The former champion Roger Federer and the home favourite Milos Raonic have withdrawn due to injury. They have been replaced by Sebastian Korda and Jan-Lennard Struff.

NEWS: Alexander Zverev, Matteo Berrettini and Pablo Carreno-Busta have pulled out from the tournament. Jenson Brooksby has received the final Wild-Card for the main draw.

NEWS: Thiago Seyboth-Wild and Fernando Verdasco have withdrawn from qualifying; Liam Broady and Maxime Cressy have taken their place.


ATP Master 1000 Toronto (CAN, Hard), entry list:
OUT Djokovic, Novak (SRB)
Medvedev, Daniil (RUS)
Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
Tsitsipas, Stefanos (GRE)
OUT Zverev, Alexander (GER)
Thiem, Dominic (AUT)
Rublev, Andrey (RUS)
OUT Berrettini, Matteo (ITA)
OUT Federer, Roger (ITA)
Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
OUT Carreno Busta, Pablo (ESP)
Ruud, Casper (NOR)
Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Schwartzman, Diego (ARG)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
Bautista-Agut, Roberto (ESP)
Monfils, Gael (FRA)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
Garin, Cristian (CHI)
OUT Goffin, David (BEL)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Sonego, Lorenzo (ITA)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
Humbert, Ugo (FRA)
OUT Wawrinka, Stan (SUI)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Isner, John (USA)
Fognini, Fabio (ITA)
OUT Coric, Borna (CRO)
Davidovich Fokina, Alejandro (ESP)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
Basilashvili, Nikoloz (GEO)
Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
(SE)
WC Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
WC Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
WC Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
Alternates:
IN Cilic, Marin (CRO)
IN Fritz, Taylor (USA)
IN Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
IN Lajovic, Dusan (SRB)
IN Millman, John (AUS)
IN Korda, Sebastian (USA)
IN Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)

OUT Delbonis, Federico (ARG)
IN Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
IN Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
IN Paire, Benoit (FRA)

Alt.1 Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Alt.2 Paul, Tommy (USA)
Alt.3 Gasquet, Richard (FRA)
Alt.4 Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
Alt.5 Bedene, Aljaz (SLO)


ATP Master 1000 Toronto, qualifying:
OUT Millman, John (AUS)
OUT Korda, Sebastian (USA)
OUT Struff, Jan-Lennard (GER)

OUT Paire, Benoit (FRA)
OUT Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
OUT Harris, Lloyd (RSA)

Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
OUT Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
OUT Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
Musetti, Lorenzo (ITA)
OUT Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
OUT Ivashka, Illya (BLR)
OUT Munar, Jaume (ESP)

OUT (RA)
OUT (RA)
OUT (RA)

WC Diez, Steven (CAN)
WC Polansky, Peter (CAN)
WC Schnur, Brayden (CAN)
WC Draxl, Liam (CAN)
Alternates:
IN Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
IN Duckworth, James (AUS)
IN Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
IN Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
IN Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
IN Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
IN Gombos, Norbert (SVK)
IN McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
OUT Kudla, Denis (USA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)
IN Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
IN Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
OUT Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
OUT Seyboth Wild, Thiago (BRA)
OUT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
OUT Verdasco, Fernando (ESP)
OUT Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
IN Wolf, Jeffrey John (USA)
OUT O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
OUT Nakashima, Brandon (JPN)
OUT Rodionov, Jurij (AUT)
IN Broady, Liam (GBR)
OUT Soeda, Go (JPN)
OUT Bolt, Alex (AUS)

IN Cressy, Maxime (USA)

OUT Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
OUT Jung, Jason (TPE)
IN Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
Alt.1 Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
OUT Ymer, Elias (SWE)
OUT Zuk, Kacper (POL)
Alt.2 Petrovic, Danilo (SRB)
Alt.3 Mmoh, Michael (USA)
Alt.4 Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
Alt.5 Diez, Steven (CAN)
Alt.6 Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
OUT Gulbis, Ernests (LAT)
Alt.7 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.8 Krueger, Mitchell (USA)
Alt.9 Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)

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Updated Entry List For Washington

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The US Open Series is ready to get to the heart, with the historic tournament of Washington D.C.

 

The Citi Open in Washington, the only ATP tournament to be contested next week, will follow Atlanta in the American summer tour. The event has been taking place on hard-courts since 1969, when Thomaz Koch from Brazil won the first edition defeating Arthur Ashe in the final.

Rafael Nadal, who has received a Wild-Card, Felix Auger-Aliassime and Alex De Minaur will be the first three seeded players. Jannik Sinner, Aslan Karatsev, Karen Khachanov and the defending champion Nick Kyrgios are committed to play as well, while Milos Raonic and John Isner have withdrawn. Denis Kudla, Brandon Nakashima and Feliciano Lopez will play with a Wild-Card.

NEWS: Karen Khachanov (who is playing the Olympics) has pulled out from the tournament; Mackenzie McDonald takes his place in the main draw.

NEWS: Aslan Karatsev has withdrawn, he has been replaced by Colombia’s Daniel-Elahi Galan.


ATP 500 Washington (DC, USA), entry list:
OUT Shapovalov, Denis (CAN)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
De Minaur, Alex (AUS)
OUT Hurkacz, Hubert (POL)
Auger-Aliassime, Felix (CAN)
Dimitrov, Grigor (BUL)
OUT Raonic, Milos (CAN)
Sinner, Jannik (ITA)
OUT Karatsev, Aslan (RUS)
Evans, Daniel (GBR)
OUT Khachanov, Karen (RUS)
Opelka, Reilly (USA)
OUT Isner, John (USA)
Norrie, Cameron (GBR)
Bublik, Alexander (KAZ)
OUT Ramos-Vinolas, Albert (ESP)
Fritz, Taylor (USA)
Millman, John (AUS)
Paire, Benoit (FRA)
Kecmanovic, Miomir (SRB)
Korda, Sebastian (USA)
Harris, Lloyd (RSA)
Paul, Tommy (USA)
Nishikori, Kei (JPN)
Querrey, Sam (USA)
Tiafoe, Frances (USA)
Nishioka, Yoshihito (JPN)
OUT Pella, Guido (ARG)
Kyrgios, Nick (AUS)
OUT Koepfer, Dominik (GER)
Pospisil, Vasek (CAN)
Giron, Marcos (USA)
Popyrin, Alexei (AUS)
Sandgren, Tennys (USA)
OUT Munar, Jaume (ESP)
OUT Kwon, Soonwoo (KOR)
OUT (SE)
ALT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
WC Nadal, Rafael (ESP)
WC Sock, Jack (USA)
WC Nakashima, Brandon (USA)
WC Lopez, Feliciano (ESP)
WC Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
OUT (WC)
Alternates:
IN Gerasimov, Egor (BLR)
IN Johnson, Steve (USA)
IN Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
IN Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
IN Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
IN Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Monteiro, Thiago (BRA)
IN Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
IN Duckworth, James (AUS)

IN Anderson, Kevin (RSA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)
OUT Kukushkin, Mikhail (KAZ)

OUT Martinez, Pedro (ESP)
IN McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
IN Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
IN Kudla, Denis (USA)

Alt.1 Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Alt.2 Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
Alt.3 Sousa, Joao (POR)
Alt.4 Zapata Miralles, Bernabe (ESP)
Alt.5 Seyboth Wild, Thiago (BRA)


ATP 500 Washington, qualifying:
OUT Ivashka, Ilya (BLR)
OUT Thompson, Jordan (AUS)
OUT Duckworth, James (AUS)

OUT Ruusuvuori, Emil (FIN)
OUT Johnson, Steve (USA)
OUT Berankis, Ricardas (LTU)
OUT Seppi, Andreas (ITA)
OUT Ymer, Mikael (SWE)

OUT McDonald, Mackenzie (USA)
OUT Kudla, Denis (USA)
OUT Daniel, Taro (JPN)

OUT Bonzi, Benjamin (FRA)
OUT Galan, Daniel Elahi (COL)
OUT Sugita, Yuichi (JPN)
OUT Anderson, Kevin (RSA)

OUT Uchiyama, Yasutaka (JPN)
Wolf, J.J. (PR, USA)
ALT Purcell, Max (AUS)
ALT Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
ALT Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
ALT Ebden, Matthew (AUS)
ALT Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
WC Karlovic, Ivo (CRO)
WC Blanch, Ulises (USA)
WC Saville, Luke (AUS)
WC Fenty, Andrew (USA)
Alternates:
OUT O’Connell, Christopher (AUS)
IN Broady, Liam (GBR)
IN Donskoy, Evgeny (RUS)
OUT Brooksby, Jenson (USA)
IN Gunneswaran, Prajnesh (IND)
IN Cressy, Maxime (USA)
IN Marchenko, Illya (UKR)
IN Gomez, Emilio (ECU)
IN Jung, Jason (TPE)
IN Ofner, Sebastian (AUT)
IN Ymer, Elias (SWE)
IN Soeda, Go (JPN)
IN Mmoh, Michael (USA)
OUT Escobedo, Ernesto (USA)
OUT Kokkinakis, Thanasi (AUS)
IN Fratangelo, Bjorn (USA)
IN Krueger, Mitchell (USA)

IN Ito, Tatsuma (PR, JPN)
Alt.1 Eubanks, Christopher (USA)
Alt.2 Ramanathan, Ramkumar (IND)
Alt.3 Torpegaard, Mikael (DEN)
OUT Sock, Jack (USA)
Alt.4 Purcell, Max (AUS)
Alt.5 Ebden, Matthew (AUS)

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