The opening day of the Rothesay International takes place at Eastbourne on Monday as the final chance to hone preparations ahead of the third major of the year which is now only a week away from getting up and running.
We have to wait until later in the week for the four leading players to enter the fray but the opening day does see two seeds on show in among the seven matches which are spread right through the grounds on Monday.
The men’s event begins and ends the show on Centre Court on Monday and we begin with the number six seed Tomas Martin Etcheverry going up against the American player J.J. Wolf in what looks like a juicy first round clash. One of the Britons in the tournament will close the show on the main court on what is expected to be another stifling day down on the south coast when Ryan Peniston looks to build on a run to the second round at Queens last week when he meets the Swiss qualifier Marc-Andrea Huesler.
We have two matches on the second court on Monday as well and it is a seeded player who gets us underway there too when Miomir Kecmanovic will look for a first win on the UK grass after defeat to Cameron Norrie last week. He meets Yibing Wu for a spot in the second round. When they are done the other men’s match takes place and that sees the other Brit who is on show on the first day card in George Loffhagen. The wildcard meets the French qualifier Luca Van Assche for a spot in the second round.
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Three other matches take place in the ATP draw on the outside courts. One of those come along on Court 2 where it is the men who get the action underway when Gregoire Barrere goes up against the Finland ace Emil Ruusuvuori. The other two men’s matches come over on Court 5 where the action begins with Nuno Borges taking on a Sebastian Baez who might not be best suited to this surface and then after a doubles match has been completed we return to the singles competition for the match between Brandon Nakashima and the Australian qualifier Aleksandar Vukic.
Tomas Martin Etcheverry had a good French Open but that was the last time we saw him on a tennis court which means that his match against J.J. Wolf will be the first time he has played on grass this season which massively puts me off him. It isn’t like he has a great record on the surface anyway and is more of a clay court specialist so fast grass courts which these will be after the recent weather probably isn’t what he is looking for. The fact he hasn’t entered a grass event yet tells me he is happy to save his energy for the surfaces which do suit him more.
J.J. Wolf hasn’t had a brilliant grass court campaign himself but he has at least had three matches on the surface and I daresay plenty of practice both in the lead up to Queens and once he was knocked out of it. Americans tend to be handy grass court players so I think Wolf has found himself a good draw here. If this was a hard court and certainly a clay court I’d be with Etcheverry as the better player here but his inexperience on grass both in results and matches this season makes me side with Wolf in this one.
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