Tennis Weekly Watch – The tours head to Europe
By Ros Satar
- ATP: Vienna (500), Moscow & Stockholm (250)
- WTA: Luxembourg, Moscow (International)
As the Asian swing comes to a close, the tour heads back towards Europe for the last few weeks before season finales fill our calendars – It’s the Britwatch Tennis Weekly Watch.
Britwatch Tennis: News, Draws & Schedules
ATP 500 Vienna
Top Seeds: David Ferrer, Kevin Anderson, John Isner, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga
2014 Champion: Andy Murray
What a difference a year makes. This time last year Murray was knee deep in a bruising schedule which saw him pick up the Vienna title as he continued to try and get back on track after back surgery the year before. Having bowed out at the Shanghai Rolex Masters semi-final to eventual champion Novak Djokovic, his schedule is being pared down but there is plenty of top flight action.
Shanghai runner-up Tsonga is returning to some great form, and Ferrer will hope to tap into the kind of tennis that took him to the Malaysian Open title and the Beijing semi-finals. Anderson, having broken the Top 10 for the first time has slipped back in the rankings and will want to push back into the higher order.
Ferrer continues his battle to make the final Race to London spots, currently in eighth place.
ATP 250 Moscow
Top Seeds: Marin Cilic, Roberto Bautista Agut, Viktor Troicki, Philipp Kohlschreiber
Defending champion: Marin Cilic
After an injury-hit start of the year, Cilic has gradually clambered back to form. Despite a shaky US Open Series campaign, the 2014 Slam champion managed a creditable run to the US Open semi-finals playing some solid tennis in the Asian Swing.
ATP 250 Stockholm
Top Seeds: Tomas Berdych, Richard Gasquet, Gilles Simon, Bernard Tomic
Defending champion: Tomas Berdych
Berdych will look to add to his Shenzhen title as he returns to Stockholm title. Silverware has been very key to Berdych’s strategies this year, and having made three finals already this year, he will have been relieved to finally get his hands on some tennis silverware.
Berdych is still very much in the running for a spot in London, sitting sixth in the Race, but with Gasquet still an outside chance for a slot, he will face some tough competition.
WTA Premier Moscow
Top Seeds: Lucie Safarova, Flavia Pennetta, Angelique Kerber, Carla Suárez Navarro
Defending champion: Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova
With just-crowned Tianjin champion Agnieszka Radwanska pulling out of Moscow (and having already earned her spot in Singapore), US Open champion Pennetta faces a tough battle as the final three spots for Singapore beckon. Waiting for her in her half is Hong Kong runner-up Kerber, who missed out on qualifying last week.
Safarova is in only her second tournament since New York, after being hospitalised with a bacterial infection and could face an in-form Pavlyuchenkova who picked up the Linz title at the weekend.
WTA International Luxembourg
Top Seeds: Timea Bacsinszky, Ana Ivanovic, Sara Errani, Andrea Petkovic
Defending champion: Annika Beck
Bacsinszky will want to close out her amazing run this year on a high, coming in as the top seed but has defending champion Beck in her half of the draw as a potential quarter-finalist. The places for the WTA Elite Trophy in Zhuhai could well change, with Ivanovic losing out on a Singapore chance after losing to the Swiss in Beijing.
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