Scouting Report: Alcaraz, Isner & Thiem Headline Umag, Atlanta & Kitzbuhel | ATP . round

Editor’s note: This story has been edited to reflect withdrawals Casper Road And the Matteo Berrettini From Kitzbühel.

The action takes place on both clay and hardcourt this week on the ATP Tour, as a group of top 20 superstars compete in three ATP 250 tournaments across two continents.

reigning hero Carlos Alcaraz Field addresses in Plava Laguna Croatia Open UmagWhile Dominic Tim Leading the way in another European week event on clay, and General Fateh in Kitzbühel. in the United States of America, John Isner He will aim to win his seventh hard court title in Atlanta Open.

ATPTour.com looks at five things to watch from every event.

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Five things to see in Atlanta
1) Opelka leads the field: Riley Opelka He will headline the field in Atlanta as he prepares for his fifth ATP 250 hardcourt championship. The 24-year-old, who won titles on US soil in 2022 in Dallas and Houston, reached the semi-finals in Atlanta in 2016 and 2019, before enjoying the quarter-finals last year. The top seed will open his campaign against Ilya Ivashka or Quentin Halles.

2) Can Eisner continue his Atlanta love affair? Isner has claimed six Atlanta titles, his last success being last year when he brought down his countryman #NextGenATP. Brandon Nakashima In the end. The 37-year-old, who lifted the trophy for the first time in the event in 2013, holds the record 36-5 in the tournament and will be looking to improve his record even further when he faces the NCAA singles champion. Ben Chilton Or qualified in its opening match.

3) The return of Kyrgios: Two weeks after making it to his first major final in WimbledonAnd the Nick Kyrgios He will be looking to continue his momentum on the hard courts in Atlanta. The Australian, who holds the record 21-7 on the season, is a former champion in Georgia, having defeated Isner to win the title in 2016. The 27-year-old begins his title quest against a qualifier.

4) Draw a stack with the Americans: Excluding the playoffs, there are 11 Americans in the draw with Francis TiafoeAnd the Tommy Paul And the Sebastian Korda Among the notable names. Tiafoe is making his fifth appearance in Atlanta, with his best result of the season reaching the final in Estoril. Paul arrived from the back of a strong grass swing, hitting a 7-4 record, while Korda will be back on the court for the first time since June, when he picked up an injury at Eastbourne.

He could face Tiafoe Korda first in Atlanta, if the latter beats a playoff in its opening match, while Paul faces another American in Jack Sock.

5) Kyrgios / Kokkinakis reunion: Australian Open Kyrgios hero and Thansi Kokinakis Joining forces in Atlanta for the first time since the semi-final round in Miami in March. However, the Australian duo faces stiff competition in Georgia, where the top seed is located Roland Garros Finalists Austin Krajeske And the Evan Dodig. Americans Rajiv Ram And the Jack Sock And the Wimbledon Champions Matthew Ebden And the Max Purcell They also compete in doubles.

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Five things to see in Kitzbühel
1) Theme on home soil:
Austrian Dominic Tim He will make his ninth appearance in Kitzbühel this week as he looks to find more success in his home event. The 28-year-old won the title on his last appearance in 2019, while also advancing to the final in 2014. Thiem arrived in high-confidence, having backed his journey into the quarter-finals in Bastad by reaching the semi-finals in Gstaad. . Tim faces the lucky loser Alexander Shevchenko In the first round.

2) Clay court threats: Roberto Bautista AgutList of ATP rounds for 4 times Albert Ramos Vinolas And the champion of Santiago Pedro Martinez They are among the players chasing Kitzbühel’s first title. Bautista Agut, seeded third, has won 10 ATP Tour titles, including one earlier this year in Doha. The Spaniard will try to win his first claycourt title since his victory in Stuttgart in 2014.

3) Garen on Clay: Also in the lottery Christian GarenHe has won all five of his claycourt tour titles. Garen, who reached the quarter-finals in Wimbledon Earlier this month, you will experience Federico Correa In his first appearance in the tournament.

4) #NextGenATP Lehecka: Jerry Lechka He reached Kitzbühel for the first time in 65th place in the Pepperstone ATP rating. The 20-year-old Czech, who sits sixth at the Pepperstone ATP Race To Milan, reached the semi-finals of the ATP Tour in Rotterdam in only his second Tour-level event, and found something on clay last week. to the quarter-finals at the ATP Challenger Tour event in Iai, Romania.

5) Erdler / Midler Defense Home Crown: wild leaves Alexander Erler And the Lucas Midler Reveling in their dreams to their first double ATP Tour title in Kitzbühel in 2021, the duo returned to defend their crown in front of their home fans. Tim Poetz And the Michael Venus are the top seeds in a stack chart, where is the second seed Rohan Bubana And the Matthew Middelkoop And the third seed Kevin Krawetz And the Andreas Mess You’ll also be targeting a successful week in the Austrian Alps.

Five things to see at UMAG
1) Alcaraz Champion: Umag holds special memories for Carlos Alcaraz, who took his first Tour Championship title at the ATP 250 event last year. The Spaniard, who was number 73 in the Pepperstone ATP ranking when he won the cup 12 months ago, will lead the field as the number one seed this week and reach his level, having reached the final in Hamburg, where he faces Lorenzo Mussetti on the address. The 19-year-old, who will top the world’s top five on Monday, won his first two ATP Masters 1000 titles of the season in Miami and Madrid.

2) The sinner seeks the first title in 2022: Yannick Sener He will compete for the first time since reaching the quarter-finals in Wimbledon When he takes court in Umag. The 20-year-old Italian has reached the quarter-finals in six rounds this season, but in 2022 he has yet to add to his five ATP Tour titles. He will meet Sinner, who reached the second round in the clay court event for the first time in 2019 Jaume Munnar or Michael Ymir In his first match.

3) Bayes is on the rise: Sebastian Baez He is enjoying the best season of his career. The Argentine claimed his first clay-court title in Estoril in April, while reaching the final in Bastad earlier this month before losing to his compatriot. Francisco Cerondolo In the end. The 21-year-old will make his debut in Umag.

4) Can the rune regain its shape? Danish #NextGenATP Holger Ron He started the year at his best, lifting the trophy in Munich before it bothered Stefanos Tsitsipas On the way to the quarter-finals in Roland Garros. However, the 19-year-old, who is third in the Pepperstone ATP race to Milan, has struggled to find his best form in recent weeks. He will be looking to lose six games in a row when he faces Bernabé Zapata Miralles or wild house card Dino Prismic In his opening match in Croatia.

5) Top Bolelli / Fognini Seeds: Simon Bolelli And the Fabio Fognini clinching their first ATP titles in doubles in Umag in 2011, the Italians were the top seed in Croatia this week as they chase for their second title of the year. appearance Rafael Matos And the David Vega Hernandez She is the second seed, as the Brazilian and Spanish duo look to lift their fourth Tour title since forming the first team in March.

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