Two clay-court events 112 kilometers apart are hosting the event this week on the ATP Tour, with Geneva and Lyon on the double-court courts in Western Europe.
world number 2 Daniel Medvedev Playing his first tournament since March in Jonnet Geneva OpenWith Casper Road And Dominic Tim She also competes in a strong field in Switzerland. Cameron Norrie It is the first seed in Open Parc Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes Lyonwhere Gael Moonves He leads an exciting group of French players striving for success on their home soil.
ATPTour.com looks at five things to watch for at every event.
Five things to see in Geneva
1) Medvedev’s return: World number two Medvedev has returned to competition for the first time since March after a hiatus due to a hernia procedure. The top seed makes his debut in Geneva as he chases after his first title of the year in the ATP 250 event, as he begins a confrontation with Richard Gasquet or John Millman. Medvedev is a 13-time level Tour roster, but arrived in Switzerland still chasing a first-of-its-kind crown on clay.
2) Rudd defends the title: Casper RoadThe European clay court season has sprung to life with him reaching the semi-finals in Rome this week, a strong response from the Norwegian after winning just four matches in his previous four tournaments. Despite his patchy form, the pedigree of the world No. 10 on clay is in no doubt — he’s chasing a seventh Tour title on the rooftop in Geneva, where he is the defending champion.
3) Winning Sense: The former world number three may have been 0-4 since returning on the tour in April from a wrist injury, but the Austrian has shown signs of improvement in every match he has played. Despite the defeat in the opening match difficult against Fabio Fognini In Rome last week, Tim will feel he can launch deep into his Geneva debut as he attempts to reclaim the level that has earned him 10 claycourt tour titles and two championship matches in Roland Garros.
4) Shapovalov, Opelka Challenge: The third seed Denis Shapovalov He returned to his exciting best during the quarter-finals in Rome, most notably winning in the third round Rafael Nadal. The Canadian will be hoping to build on that performance as he chases after his second ATP Tour title. He came close to that goal in Geneva last year, reaching the final on his first appearance at the tournament before falling to Roode.
Riley Opelka He had a less successful debut in Geneva in 2021, losing his first-round match to him Pablo CuevasBut the fourth-seeded American arrives in Switzerland this year on the tour’s clay court list after lifting the trophy in Houston in April. The Opelka is 0-3 on European clay since then, but the massive American serve remains the perfect weapon for a rematch, no matter the surface.
5) Mektic/Pavic bullet multiplier field: Nikola Mechtic And Matty Pavik They are the leaders in the doubles draw, as the Croatian duo made their debut at the Tennis Club de Genève. Also includes strong field Jimmy Murray And Bruno SoaresTogether, the second British-Brazilian seed catches the title of the first mud field, while the third seed catches Marcelo Arevalo And Jean Julien Roger They are chasing a third crown of the year at the Tour level.
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Five things to see in Lyon
1) Nouri Top Seed: world number 11 Cameron Norrie He has a solid record in Lyon. The Briton reached the semi-finals on his debut in 2018 and did better last year, reaching the championship match at the ATP 250 event before falling back to Stefanos Tsitsipas. Nouri’s strong pre-season form propelled him into the top 10 of the Pepperstone ATP rankings for the first time on April 4. Can he recover from the loss in the second round to Marin Cilic In Rome with the title of the first clay court this week?
2) The Carreno Posta threat: One of the most consistent performers on the tour, No. 18 in the world Pablo Carino Posta He is the second seed as he prepares for his debut in Lyon. The Spaniard will attempt to put disappointing early outputs at the ATP Masters 1000 events in Madrid and Rome behind him with a deep tour of Lyon as he chases after his first title since claiming his first ATP 500 league title. Hamburg European Open last July.
3) Monfils leads home hopes: Gael Moonves She re-emerged in the early stages of 2022, claiming her 11th Tour Championship title in Adelaide in January before reaching the quarter-finals of the Australian Open. Lyon will be only the second event in the 35-year-old’s European clay season, however, he has won only one match in his previous two matches in the ATP 250 event.
Monfils is an all-court player capable of making solid performances on clay, but the 11-times won only one title on red dirt, back in 2005. Can home support motivate the third seed to another this week?
4) Tsonga farewell tour: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga He is preparing for the penultimate championship of his career in an event he was the inaugural winner in 2017. He will retire after Roland Garros. The 37-year-old will face the Marrakesh final Alex Mulcan At the opening round in Lyon, Tsonga sought his first Tour victory since Marseille in March.
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Ugo HumbertAnd Benjamin PonziAnd Arthur RinderknechAnd Lucas BoyAnd Arthur Rinderknech And Adrian Mannarino They will also be looking to channel home support as they attempt to emulate their fellow Tsonga and Champion 2019 Benoit Bayer Lifting the Lyon Cup.
5) Talisman fly high: Dane #NextGenATP sexy Holger Ron He returns to competitive play for the first time since winning his first ATP Tour title in Munich two weeks ago. Ron’s exploits in Germany made him jump into the top 50 of the Pepperstone ATP rankings for the first time, but the 19-year-old faces a tough starting opponent at Rinderknech, who won the previous duo’s only encounter in Kitzbühel last year.