Brits in tennis action this week
By Phil James
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The ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament is big show in town on the men’s tour this week and features Andy Murray.
After guiding Team GB to Davis Cup victory over the USA on the Californian clay last weekend, Andy returns to Europe, to the tour and to hard courts.
The British number one and Wimbledon champion to a wild card entrant to the ATP500 tournament and, seeded second, will face Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselinin round one.
Ranked 38 in singles, R-V is even higher in doubles and will look to use his experience at the net on the Rotterdam hard courts.
However he shouldn’t trouble the world number 6 who leads their head-to-head record 2-0, both straight sets.
Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Mikhail Youzhny should be Andy’s quarter and semi-final opponents respectively (and respectfully) while Juan Martin Del Potro is top seed.
Keeping Andy company in Holland is fellow Scot and close friend Ross Hutchins, who plays in the doubles.
He and home-favourite Jesse Huta Galung team up for a wild-card entrance in the absence of Hutch’s normal partner Colin Fleming.
They have a tough first round match up though, drawing French duo and French Open finalists, Michael Llodra and Nicolas Mahut, ranked 16th and 25th in doubles respectively.
Also facing a tough first round draw in the Rotterdam doubles is Britain’s Jonny Marray who, partnering Russian Dmitry Tursunov, faces third seeds Daniel Nestor and Nenad Zimonjic.
There are two other ATP tour tournaments this week; the U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships in Memphis and Copa Claro in Buenos Aires, both ATP250.
No Brits take part in Argentina while in the U.S., Joe Salisbury, Connor Glennon and David O’Leary all fell in qualifying.
Salisbury and Ireland’s David O’Hare were given a wildcard entry into the doubles but drew top seeds and world number ones, the Bryan Brother in round one.
On the Challenger tour, Open BNP Paribas-Banque De Bretagne Quimper in France hosts the most Brits, as James Ward (WR156) is in the singles draw and five in the doubles.
Ward, Britain’s number three and world 156, is seeded sixth as he tried to build on last weekend’s epic five-set victory over Sam Querrey in the Dais Cup.
Skupski brothers, Ken and Neal are second seeds in the doubles, with another all-British team of David Rice and Sean Thornley are seeded fourth.
Jamie Delgado partners Luxembourg’s Gilles Muller.
Daniel Cox is in singles action at the Kolkata Challenger in India while Edward Corrie has reached the final round of qualifying at the Bergamo Challenger in Italy.
Meanwhile, just Dan Evans leaves Zagreb, the man who took his place in the Davis Cup, Kyle Edmund, arrives.
Edmund is seeded 4th for in next week’s Zagreb 15K Futures Tournament.
The WTA Premier Event Qatar Total Open 2014 in Doha is the only WTA Tour tournament this week and features no British representatives.
Laura Robson is still out injured and Heather Watson and Johanna Konta were in Fed Cup action this weekend so could not take part in qualifying.
On the ITF tour, Sam Murray is aiming to qualify for the Midland 100k in Michigan, U.S.