Ferrer, Lopez Lead Nottingham Field
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Nottingham Returns – The Aegon Open Nottingham is back on the ATP World Tour for the first time since 2008. The tournament was formerly held in Eastbourne from 2009-14. The 48-player draw features seven of the Top 30 players in the Emirates ATP Rankings, led by World No. 7 David Ferrer, who is the top seed. Two-time defending champion Feliciano Lopez is one of two former winners in the draw along with Andreas Seppi (2011).
Aegon Open Nottingham (Nottingham) – The top three seeds are in the Top 15 Emirates ATP Rankings: No. 7 Ferrer, No. 13 Gilles Simon and No. 14 Feliciano Lopez. Rounding out the top eight seeds are Leonardo Mayer, Pablo Cuevas, Viktor Troicki, Dominic Thiem and Adrian Mannarino.
- Ferrer Top Seed – This is the first time in 2015 Ferrer is the top seed at an ATP World Tour tournament. The 33-year-old Spaniard has already put together an outstanding campaign, winning three titles (Doha, Rio de Janeiro, Acapulco). He’s compiled a 36-8 match record (19-5 on clay, 17-3 on hard) and overall reached the quarter-finals or better in nine of 11 tournaments. He is coming off a quarter-final showing at Roland Garros (l. to Murray in four sets). Ferrer has a 39-17 career record on grass with two titles in ‘2008 and ’12 ‘s-Hertogenbosch. He also is a two-time quarter-finalist at Wimbledon (2012-13).
- The Reigning Champ – Lopez comes in as the two-time defending champion. The 33-year-old Madrid native defeated Frenchmen in both finals, Gilles Simon in 2013 and Richard Gasquet last year. Last week at the Queen’s Club he lost to John Isner in the second round in three tie-break sets, hitting 29 aces. Last season Lopez compiled a career-best 12-1 record on grass, reaching the final at Queen’s (l. to Dimitrov), winning in Eastbourne and advancing to the Round of 16 at Wimbledon (l. to Wawrinka).
- Teenagers in the Draw – There are three teenagers in the draw, two who have broken into the Top 100 Emirates ATP Rankings and another making his ATP World Tour debut. Alexander Zverev (18) of Germany reached a career-high No. 81 this past week, Hyeon Chung (19) of Korea is ranked No. 76 after reaching a career-high No. 69 on 11 May. American Taylor Harry Fritz (17), who is the No. 1 junior in the world after reaching the Roland Garros boys’ final two weeks ago, is making his main draw debut on the ATP World Tour.
- Wild Card Entries – Besides Frtiz and Zverev, the other two wild cards were awarded to the No. 3 and 4 British players, No. 102 Kyle Edmund and No. 109 James Ward, respectively. Edmund reached the second round in his debut in 2013 and lost in the first round last year. Ward is making his eighth straight tournament appearance (3-7 record) and his best result was the quarter-finals in 2010.
- British Debut – Aljaz Bedene is playing in his first British ATP World Tour tournament since becoming a British citizen in March. The 25-year-old Slovenian-born is the British No. 2 ranked No. 74, just three spots off his career-high 25 February 2013.
- Paes Teams with 100th Partner – The top seeds in the doubles draw are Marcel Granollers and Leander Paes, who are teaming up together for the first time. Granollers is the 100th different partner Paes is playing with in his career (71 ATP World Tour level, 29 at Challengers). Paes has won 55 titles in his career. The other seeds are: No. 2 Pablo Cuevas & David Marrero, who are No. 9 in the Emirates ATP Doubles Team Rankings, No. 3 Juan Sebastian Cabal & Robert Farah, who are No. 13 in the team rankings, and No. 4 Dominic Inglot & Jamie Murray.
Ranking Movers (as of 22 June)
Kevin Anderson 14 (+3 spots) – career high
Leonardo Mayer 21 (+1 spot) – career high
Andreas Seppi 27 (+18 spots)
Borna Coric 39 (+1 spot) – career high
Alexander Zverev 76 (+5 spots) – career high
Dustin Brown 102 (+12 spots)
Denis Kudla (105 (+26 spots)
Potential Milestones (as of 22 June)
Nottingham – Singles
Sam Querrey – 247 wins
Nottingham – Doubles
Marcel Ganollers – 247 wins
22 June - Janko Tipsarevic (31)
23 June - Vasek Pospisil (25)
25 June - Mikhail Youzhny (33)
27 June - Alexander Peya (35)
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