ATP Picks: Newport, RI

Home of the Tennis Hall of Fame

A special year this year, as Andre Agassi is inducted into the Hall of Fame and will play an exhibition match against Todd Martin. It also seems like the field this year is strong as a result. Mardy ‘Multi-Surface’ Fish defends and it’s a good chance for some of the US players who exited early at Wimbledon to make amends.

A big opportunity to shine

Americans Ryan Harrison and Ryan Sweeting have entered to play and Ivo ‘Lottery’ Karlovic and Tommy ‘Gun’ Haas are true wildcards this year. Querry’s indifferent season continues with a late withdrawal. The young guns of Dimitrov and Kamke play too, so it should keep things exciting in the early rounds. Big John Isner takes a wild card and will most likely be top seed if Fish withdraws after Wimbledon heroics.

This tournament often throws up a surprise winner and is one of the best ones to visit if you get the chance. It still remains the only ATP tournament played on grass in North America.

Let’s break it down:

Surface: Grass
Defending Champion: Mardy Fish
Dark Horse:
Grigor Dimitrov
Wildcards: Tommy Haas, Ivo Karlovic, Ryan Harrison
Qualifiers: Jimmy Wang, Alex Bogdanovic, Richard Bloomfield, Michael Yani
Late Withdrawals:
Sam Querry, Alejandro Falla, Mardy Fish, Richard Berankis, Robbie Ginepri
Late Entrants: Edouard Roger-Vasselin, Paul Capdeville, John Isner, Arnaud Clement, Matthew Ebden
My pick:
John Isner

Did You Know? Lowest Ranked Newport, RI Winners:
Greg Rusedski – 151 (1993), Rajeev Ram – 181 (2009), Leander Paes – 120 (1998), Bryan Shelton – 147 (1991), Taylor Dent – 96 (2002), Neville Godwin – 167 (2001), Peter Wessells – 133 ( 2000), Sargis Sargsian – 86 ( 1997)

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