Tennis Hall of Fame Championships
It might not be the glitz and glamour of Wimbledon, but the Mercedes Cup and Hall of Fame Championships offer fans plenty of excitement all the same.
Here’s our predictions on what to expect between now and Sunday.
All-American Contest Pick Of Newport Action
We’re down to just eight remaining players in Newport, Rhode Island, and the next few days should provide a thrilling climax to the Hall of Fame Championships.
Undoubtedly, the quarter-final highlight comes from the clash between John Isner and Jack Sock. The two Americans were amongst the pre-tournament favourites here and the International Tennis Hall of Fame crowd can expect to see a fascinating contest between their two home-grown heroes.
Whoever wins this quarter-final will really fancy his chances of going all the way, but a potential semi-final meeting with Leyton Hewitt could provide a huge stumbling block. The Australian’s best days may be long behind him, but he was runner-up in both 2012 and 2013 and will be hopeful of making it a hat-trick of final appearances here.
Hewitt must fire overcome Steve Johnson in the last eight, which won’t be an easy challenge. All four men in the top half have reason to believe that it will be his name on the trophy this Sunday.
In the bottom half of the draw, defending champ Nicolas Mahut is the standout contender and the Frenchman will be fancies to at least reach the final. He lifted both the Singles and Doubles titles twelve months ago and has yet to drop a set at this year’s event.
Mahut faces Australia’s Samuel Groth in the last eight – the winner is likely to face Croat Ivo Karlovic in the semi-final.
There has already been plenty of action in Rhode Island and the next few days promise to follow in a similar vein. Who will book their place in the Hall of Fame?
Stuttgart: Open By Name & Nature
The Mercedes Cup event in Stuttgart offered a fantastic first round and the action is far from over as we look forward to the next stages.
In fact, last year’s runner-up Philipp Kohlscreiber hasn’t even taken to the court for his opener against compatriot Jan-Lennard Struff. Nevertheless, the German remains among the frontrunners to lift this title and will be determined to finally get his week off to a win on Thursday.
Round 2 sees a number of top seeds join the action, including 2013 winner Fabio Fognini. The Italian should progress against Andrey Golubev and will meet either Philipp Davydenko or Santiago Giraldo in the next stage.
There are plenty of other genuine contenders for the Merecedes crown, such as Mikhail Youhzny, Feliciano Lopez and Roberto Bautista-Agut.