ATP 250 Adelaide 2:
Back in Adelaide for the second of the 250’s, and while the field isn’t as strong as week one, there is still plenty of talent on show, all trying to get valuable match practice before heading to Melbourne next week. Nick Kyrgios has pulled out, but we still have Andrei Rublev, Karen Khachanov, Sebastian Korda, and Next Gen finals winner Brandon Nakashima in the field. Add Aussies, Alexei Popyrin, Thanasi Kokkinakis, and Jason Kubler, and there’s plenty of interest in Adelaide this week.
ATP 250 Auckland:
Across the ditch, it’s the men’s turn to put on a show in New Zealand. Last week, the women took centre stage, and although the weather certainly made things difficult for spectators and players alike, it was great to see the tournament back. The men’s edition is headlined by Norwegian world number 3 Casper Ruud, and Cameron Norrie from Great Britain. Holger Rune was a late withdrawal, as he’s decided to stay in Melbourne for practice. If the weather clears up, we will be in for a great tournament.
WTA 500 Adelaide 2:
An absolutely stacked line-up again for the second WTA tournament in Adelaide. Unfortunately we lost some star power, with Swiatek, Pegula, and Keys all pulling out. However, we’re still left with 5 of the world’s top 12, plus names such as Muguruza, Konteveit, Kvitova, and Aussie girls, Storm Hunter and Jamie Fourlis. We should see some brilliant tennis on show, and it really is the perfect appetiser to a major tournament.
WTA 250 Hobart:
Hobart is back on the circuit after a few years away due to Covid. A tournament that dates back to 1994, there have been some big names take the title over the years. Rybakina, Kenin, Mugaruza, Kvitova, and Clijsters, have all tasted success on the Apple Isle. Will this year’s winner go on to win a Slam in the future?
ATP Challenger Tour:
All three Challenger tournaments this week, are located in the same place as week one, allowing players to reduce their travel costs early in the season.
Nothanburi 2, Thailand 75:
The second week in Thailand sees top seed, Austrian Dennis Novak look to take back to back Challenger titles to start the year. No Aussies appearing in the main draw this week.
Oeiras 2, Portugal 75:
Another indoor tournament for those players still in Europe. The field sees both finalists from week one, Filip Cristian Jianu, and Joris De Loore, backing up for another week in Portugal. Lithuanian player Ricardas Berankis, at 168 is the top seed this week.
Tigre 2, Argentina 50:
Argentina play host to the second Challenger of the year in South America, with both finalists from week one, entering week 2. Juan Manuel Cerundolo, and Murkel Dellien, will be hoping for another successful tournament. Argentinian, Camilo Ugo Carabelli is the number 1 seed.
WTA ITF Tour:
No big ITF tournaments on the women’s side this week, which is not unusual in the week before a Slam, but 3 W40’s on the schedule:
Only week 2 of the year, yet already there’s a lot to take in and digest….