Aussies in action: stacked draw in Nice
Five Aussie men will fine-tune their claycourt games ahead of Roland Garros at the ATP Open de Nice Côte d’Azur, while Sam Stosur and Ajla Tomljanovic are competing in Strasbourg this week.
Five Aussie men will fine-tune their claycourt games in the week leading up to Roland Garros when they contest the ATP Open de Nice Côte d’Azur.
And four of them have landed in a stacked top quarter of the draw.
Headed by No.1 seed Gilles Simon, Aussies Bernard Tomic, Sam Groth, Thanasi Kokkinakis and James Duckworth round out much of the rest of the section.
Tomic is the fifth seed and takes on French qualifier Gianni Mina in his opening match, while Kokkinakis – a wildcard – and Duckworth will face off in the first round for a shot at Simon.
Groth, a qualifier, takes on surging Croatian star Borna Coric, with a potential second-round match looming against Tomic.
Nick Kyrgios, the No.6 seed, has been drawn in the bottom half of the draw, and will face Kazakh Mikhail Kukushkin in his first-round match.
Third seed Ernests Gulbis is his projected quarterfinal opponent.
Across in Geneva, Marinko Matosevic will fly the Aussie flag this week when he takes on Spaniard Albert Ramos-Vinolas.
The winner will move through to a second-round stoush with fourth seed Benjamin Becker, who enjoyed a first-round bye.
In women’s action, Aussies Sam Stosur and Ajla Tomljanovic are competing at the WTA Internationaux de Strasbourg in France.
Tomljanovic has already progressed to the second round with a commanding victory over Madison Brengle in round one, while Stosur will take on Monica Puig in her first-rounder on Monday.
The tournament is headed by top two seeds Madison Keys and Jelena Jankovic.