By Alessandro Mastroluca

  • Dan Evans is the only Brit in the main draw of the ATP 500 event in Rotterdam
  • Cameron Norrie and Kyle Edmund will play in New York
  • Johanna Konta is the No.4 seed in St.Petersburg
LONDON, UK – Britwatchsports previews the ATP and WTA tournament scheduled this week. Konta is the No.4 seed in St. Petersburg.

 

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The British No.1 Daniel Evans will debut against a qualifier to meet Karen Khachanov or No.5 seed Fabio Fognini in the second round at the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam, the first ATP 500 event of the season.

Daniil Medvedev, the top seed who lost in the semifinals last year, will face for the second time Vasek Pospisil for the second time. Pospisil received a special exemption to be in the main draw. Stefanos Tsitsipas, the No.2 seed, will face Hubert Hurkacz aiming to extend his 4-1 lead in the head to head against the Pole. In the bottom-half of the draw there are also David Goffin and Grigor Dimitrov who will face Denis Shapovalov in the most intriguing first-round clash. Gael Monfils, the No.3 seed, will try to reach his third consecutive final here.

Norrie and Edmund both seeded in New York

Cameron Norrie and Kyle Edmund feature in the third edition of the New York Open. Norrie will start his campaign against the Harvard standout Brian Shi, making his Tour-level debut. Born in Jericho, N.Y., Shi worked with coach Mihai Grecu until he was 16.

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He spent all four years of his secondary education in online school to improve his tennis, despite his family disagreeing with his decision. When he was 14, he came close to quitting the sport he loves as he developed rhabdomyolysis, a breakdown of muscle tissue often derived from excessively intense training. He managed to come back, reaching a career-high ITF junior tour ranking of No. 62 before moving to Harvard.

Norrie has been drawn in the top half of the draw with No.1 seed John Isner and No.3 seed Reilly Opelka.

Edmund, the No.8 seed, will make his debut against Japanese Yasutaka Uchiyama, who beat him in Brisbane in straight sets in 2019. They’re in the bottom half of the draw alongside the second-seeded Milos Raonic who won the tournament when it was held in San Jose.

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Schwartzman and Pella lead the field in Buenos Aires

Diego Schwartzman and Guido Pella lead the charge at the Argentina Open in Buenos Aires, where no British player is playing. Schwartzman came close to winning the first title for a homegrown player here since 2008, but he lost to the Italian Marco Cecchinato in the title-match. The title-holder will begin his defence facing the Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena, bidding for his fourth win in five meetings.

 

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Konta takes wildcard to be No. 4 seed in WTA St. Petersburg

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Johanna Konta will be the fourth seed at the St Petersburg Ladies Trophy, which runs from February 10-16. World No.5 Belinda Bencic and Kiki Bertens will lead the packed field in Russia.

The Dutchwoman will travel as the defending champion, having defeated Donna Vekic in the final last year. Bertens is one of the three former champions in the draw alongside No.3 seed Petra Kvitova and France’s Kristina Mladenovic whose sole WTA Tour title came in St Petersburg back in 2017, when she defeated Yulia Putintseva over three sets. Konta will debut in the second round against Slovak Viktoria Kuzmova or the qualifier Oceane Dodin.

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British Doubles Interest

ATP Rotterdam

  • Jamie Murray/Neal Skupski

ATP New York

  • Luke Bambridge/Ben McLachlan [4]
  • Santiago Gonzalez/Ken Skupski
  • Dom Inglot/Aisam-Ul-Huq Qureshi
  • Marcelo Arevalo/Jonny O’Mara

WTA St. Petersburg

  • Caroline Garcia/Johanna Konta

 

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