ATP Picks: Atlanta and Hamburg

Back on the calendar after a few years, the Atlanta brings the heat with a strong US contingent, who are probably relieved to see the hard courts again.

This tournament is part of the ‘US Open Series’, which is it’s own little race with a big pot of cash at the end of it. Atlanta is a hot bed of tennis talent these days, so watch out for the wild cards.

Let’s break it down:

Surface: Hard
Defending Champion: Mardy Fish
Dark Horse:
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 
Wildcards: Robby Ginepri, Tommy Haas, Donald Young
Late Withdrawals:
Sam Querry, Milos Raonic
Late Entrants:  Gilles Muller, Richard Berankis
My pick:
Mardy Fish

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Downgraded from a Masters tournament, this clay court tournament is directed by Michael Stich and remains a popular stop on the tour.

Last year saw a surprise winner in Andrey Golubev, but I suspect some of the bigger guns with come packing this year.

Let’s break it down:

Surface: Clay
Defending Champion: Andrey Golubev
Dark Horse: Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 
Wildcards: Andreas Beck, Tobias Kamke, Julian Reister, Cedrik-Marcel Stebe 
My pick:
Nicolas Almagro

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Thanks for reading and check back next week for more tips, news and musings!

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