The Emirates Airlines US Open Series kicks off this week in Atlanta, Georgia for the BB&T Atlanta Open. The field features four top 60 players including No. 22 John Isner who is appearing as the No. 1 seeded player. The field also includes the No. 21 player in the world, South African, Kevin Anderson as the No.2 seeded player. Rounding out the remaining top 8 seeds include: No.3 seed Ivan Dodig (No. 36 world), No. 4 seed Igor Sijsling (No. 59 world), No. 5 seed Yen-Hsun Lu (No. 60 world), No. 6 seed Mardy Fish (No. 63 world), No. 7 seed Lleyton Hewitt (No. 64 world) and No. 8 seed Evgeny Donskoy (No. 72 world).
Former two- time champion and the holder of a (9-1) record at the BB&T Atlanta Open, Mardy Fish, is making his return to the court this week after only playing in one other tournament (Indian Wells March 7 – 17, 2013) since the 2012 US Open. The winner of the tournament will be rewarded $98,700 to go along with 250 ATP ranking points.
Roger Federer looks to rebound this week at the Credit Agricole Suisse Open in Gstaad after his upset loss last week in the semifinals at bet-at-home Open in Hamburg versus No.65 Federico Delbonis. Federer was using a new unmarked Wilson racquet during the tournament in Hamburg. Federer switched from his normal Wilson Pro Staff Six One 90 racquet to a larger 98 square inched frame. Federer seemed to be unfazed by the racquet switch, but did not look 100% due to lingering back issues. Federer is the No. 1 seed at the Suisse Open in Gstaad in which he made his ATP World Tour debut in 1998. The field includes 7 top 40 players including world No.10 and Federer’s fellow Swiss countryman, Stanislas Wawrinka.
The third and final Men’s Tournament of the week is the ATP Vegeta Croatia Open which features No. 9 world ranked Richard Gasquet as the No. 1 seeded player. The field also includes six top 40 players including Fabio Fognini who has won the last two tournaments in which he has played in (Stuttgart & Hamburg). Due to Fognini’s recent success, he has jumped 6 spots in the Emirates Airlines World rankings from No. 25 to No. 19.
(RL Midwest Sports)