The first round of the Rothesay International concludes at Eastbourne on Tuesday when the five remaining matches in the opening part of the competition are played out in what the players on show will hope are more favourable conditions at the Sussex venue.
Those involved in the action on Monday had to battle significant winds which made finding their best form very difficult on this exposed layout. We have a couple of seeds and some British players taking to the court on Tuesday.
Just the two matches from the ATP draw take place on the Centre Court on Tuesday and we get underway with the clash of the British players as the wildcard Liam Broady looks to make the most of his invitation into the tournament when he goes up against the lucky loser Jan Choinski, who will hope to take full advantage of his second life in the competition. We have to wait until the final match of the day for the other men’s match to take place. When it does the seventh seed Lorenzo Sonego will be on the court. He meets the Chinese player Zhizhen Zhang.
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The other three matches in the men’s draw on Tuesday all come on the outside courts. Two of those are over on Court 1 but not before a women’s match is concluded. When the men do come to the party Mikael Ymer goes up against the Dutch player Botic van de Zandschulp. When they are done the 2022 finalist Maxime Cressy will begin his campaign to go one better. He has a date with Daniel Elahi Gahan. The other match comes first on the schedule on Court 2 and sees the American player Mackenzie McDonald looking to make it into the last 16 at the expense of the Italian clay courter Marco Cecchinato.
It isn’t really a day to get stuck into too much down at Eastbourne not least because there are only five matches and a couple of those look like complete mismatches on paper. One which doesn’t look quite as much of a mismatch could very well end in a fairly one-sided scoreboard and that is the one between the two British players Liam Broady and Jan Choinski, with the former backed to come out on top in a relatively routine win.
Choinski has played 10 matches in the ATP Tour level on grass and has only won one of them which was fully completed. That came in qualifying here on Saturday against Gilles Hussey but he is only just ranked inside the top 500 in the world and even that needed three sets. Broady hasn’t had a brilliant time of it on the grass this season but he ran Adrian Mannarino close in the opening round at Queens and that was a showing which improved the longer the week went on. He is a lot more experienced on the grass and that leftie serve of his can make life awkward. Broady should be far too good here.
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