By Alessandro Mastroluca

  • Edmund is the only Brit on court this week. He will open his Delray Beach campaign against Ugo Humbert
  • Johanna Konta was forced to withdraw in Dubai, the only WTA event of the week
LONDON, UK – Kyle Edmund returns to Delray Beach for the first time since 2017. Dominic Thiem leads the Rio de Janeiro field, Stefanos Tsitsipas and Daniil Medvedev are in Marseille

 

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Delray Beach: Edmund and Norrie fly the flag

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Kyle Edmund is in main-draw action in the ATP Tour during the week. He chose to remain in the USA, following the final reached in New York. He will play in Delray Beach for the first time since the quarter-finals reached in 2017. He will open his campaign facing the No.6 seed Ugo Humbert in the first round. In their only previous meeting, he defeated the elegant Frenchman in straight sets in Marrakech on clay. Cameron Norrie is currently working through the qualifying rounds.

Australian Nick Kyrgios, the No.1 seed, is coming back for the second consecutive season here. He will meet American Tommy Paul in the first round. The winner will face Tennys Sandgren or 2018 champion Frances Tiafoe.

In the bottom half, the title-holder Radu Albot will face 2017 champion Jack Sock, while No. 2 seed Milos Raonic meets the recent New York finalist Andreas Seppi.

 

Rio Open: Thiem leads the field

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World No. 4 Dominic Thiem will meet local wild card Felipe Meligeni Rodrigues Alves in his first match since the Australian Open final. The Austrian will lead the field at the Rio Open presented by Claro, where he won the title in 2017.

Defending champion Laslo Djere and Argentine Diego Schwartzman, the 2018 winner, were forced to withdraw after sustaining injuries. Dusan Lajovic will be seeded second: he will debut against Italian Marco Cecchinato, who has fallen outside the Top 100. The Rio field includes Borna Coric, Guido Pella, and the Buenos Aires finalist Casper Ruud.

The Rio Open will also be the first clay-court event on the ATP Tour to trial Electronic Review this season. As reported by the ATP, there will be no limit to the number of challenges players are able to make during matches.

 

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Marseille: Medvedev and Tsitsipas seek redemption

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Daniil Medvedev and Stefanos Tsitsipas will try to recover in Marseille after their disappointing performances in Rotterdam. The Russian, the No.1 seed, reached the quarter-finals in his previous appearance here in 2017. The Greek, the No.2 seed, won the title in 2019 without losing a set. He will need to find that same level to improve his lacklustre 3-4 win-loss record.

The main draw features also a third Top 10 player, David Goffin, drawn in the top half. The Belgian will aim to shine alongside Denis Shapovalov, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Karen Khachanov and Jannik Sinner who beat him in Rotterdam clinching his maiden career Top 10 victory.

 

WTA Dubai: Clijsters comes back after more than seven years

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Without Johanna Konta, who withdrew from Dubai, there is no British player in the main draw of the only WTA tournament of the week in Dubai. In this edition, Kim Clijsters will come back on tour after more than seven years, having played her last competitive singles match at the 2012 US Open. The Belgian will face Australian Open runner-up Garbiñe Muguruza who received a wildcard for the main draw.

The Dubai field will also feature Belinda Bencic, aiming to defend her title, and Simona Halep, the No.1 seed, who won the title in 2015 beating Karolina Pliskova, the No.2 seed this year. In the main draw, Australian Open champion Sofia Kenin looks ready to shine again alongside Roland Garros finalist Marketa Vondrousova, Elena Rybakina and the teenagers Dayana Yastremska and Amanda Anisimova.

 

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