Five tournaments span the globe this week!
Some of the WTA and ATP tour’s newer events come to the fore this week. The Atlanta Open moved venue in 2012 and is the start of the Emirates US Open series while China gets a new event on the WTA Tour with the inaugural Zhonghong Jiangxi International Women’s Open.
There’s also action from Azerbaijan, Switzerland and Croatia. Keep reading for our preview of all the ATP and WTA Tour tennis action.
BB&T Atlanta Open
The BB&T Atlanta Open is the first men’s event of the Emirates US Open series and takes place in the Georgia city this week. The tournament headed downtown to a new venue at Atlantic Station in 2012 and John Isner is the reigning champion having saved match points on his way to a win over Kevin Anderson in 2013.
Isner returns to defend his title and the tall American has been the dominant player in the tournament’s first four seasons. Richard Gasquet will become the highest ranked European to play this hard-court tournament this week while Gael Monfils, Kevin Anderson and Jack Sock will all feature.
The WTA Tour heads to Azerbaijan this week for the Baku Cup. The Cup became the first WTA event to be held in the city and the first professional tennis tournament hosted by the country when it began in 2011 and there have been some unlikely winners in the tournament’s short history.
Ukrainian teenager Elina Svitolina captured her first WTA title when she won the event in 2013 while the little known Serbian Bojana Jovanovski won in 2012. Both will be back in Baku this week alongside the likes of Sorana Cirstea, Klara Koukalova and Yvonne Meusburger.
Suisse Open Gstaad
South-west Switzerland is a great place to watch tennis and there is a strong field heading to Gstaad this week for the clay-court Suisse Open.
Roger Federer has twice been gifted a cow at this event but the Wimbledon finalist won’t feature this year. World number 18 Roberto Bautista Agut is the highest ranked player in the field after Stan Wawrinka’s withdrawal and he’ll face a challenge from the likes of Feliciano Lopez, Fernando Verdasco and reigning champion Mikhail Youzhny.
Zhonghong Jiangxi International Women’s Open
The Zhonghong Jiangxi International Women’s Open in Nanchang will join Suzhou and Ningbo as one of China’s three WTA 125K Series events in 2014. It is the first international sporting event held in Jiangxi Province, in south-eastern China.
Chinese stars Peng Shuai – the former world number 14 – and Zheng Jie – the first Chinese Grand Slam semi-finalist at Wimbledon – will play in the inaugural event alongside Japanese number two Misaki Doi and Thai number one Luksika Kumkhum.
Vegeta Croatian Open
The Vegeta Croatia Open has helped to establish Umag as a tourist destination over the years and the locals could have plenty to cheer this year.
In 2012, Marin Cilic became the first homegrown champion at this event since Goran Prpic won the inaugural event in 1990. The big-serving 25 year old could go well again here in front of a partisan crowd. Tommy Robredo is the reigning champion while the charismatic Italian Fabio Fognini is also one to watch.
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