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Sarasota Open April 15-23

tiafoeThe Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open ATP Challenger Tennis Tournament will be contested next week at a new location at United Tennis Club, less than a mile from the IMG Academy in Bradenton, FL.

In the past decade, the popular tournament has featured such prominent players as Nick Kyrgios, James Blake, Kei Nishikori, Jack Sock, Sam Querrey, Donald Young, Ryan Harrison and Radek Stepanek.

Take a look at this year’s player field, which will include the teenaged son of Petr Korda – Sebi Korda as a main draw wildcard…

2017 Sarasota Open

Accepted Player List (Does not include players still to be named (Wild Card or Special Exemption Players) 
Andreozzi, Guido (ARG) 

Arevalo, Marcelo (ESA) 

Donaldson, Jared (USA) 

Gonzalez, Maximo (ARG) 

King, Darian (BAR) 

Krueger, Mitchell (USA) 

Kudla, Denis (USA) 

Laaksonen, Henri (SUI)

Mayer, Leonardo (ARG)

Melzer, Gerald (AUT) 

Melzer, Jurgen (AUT) 

Millot, Vincent (FRA) 

Mmoh, Michael (USA)

Novikov, Dennis (USA)

Opelka, Reilly (USA)

Pavlasek, Adam (CZE)

Polansky, Peter (CAN)

Rubin, Noah (USA)

Sandgren, Tennys (USA)

Smyczek, Tim (USA)

Tiafoe, Frances (USA)

Zeballos, Horacio (ARG)

 

To order tickets, call 888-374-7834 or 941-444-8079

or email: info@sarasotaopen.org

The address for the tournament is:

United Tennis Club

4511 Bay Club Drive

Bradenton, FL  34210

 

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12 comments

  • Dan Markowitz · April 12, 2017 at 7:29 am

    That’s a good field. Can’t believe Jurgen Melzer is still playing. It’d be interesting to do an article on why Europeans will play into their mid to late 30’s while Americans usually bag their careers in their early 30’s. Think about it, in the last couple of decades only Spadea, Russell and Ginepri have continued to play late into their 30’s, but Euros like Fed, Haas, Dr. Ivo, Steppy, Melzer and Gicquel go on and on.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · April 12, 2017 at 8:39 am

    It is a noticeable trend Dan and add another – Paul Henri mathieu who is 35 and playing this week in morocco – Also Paulo Lorenzi has to be about 35 and Ruben Ramirez Hidalgo of Spain is 39 and just played Houston qualies – Nice blend of veterans and younger players in Sarasota Open as always -

  • Dan Markowitz · April 12, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    You wonder why some of these guys, Tiafoe, Mmoh,JD, Rubin, aren’t playing Monte Carlo qualis instead.

  • Jg · April 12, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    They probably want to see if they can wild card to French Open, but agree they should be playing the European clay events. Tiafoe just gave Belluci a tough match, lost momentum in 3rd set.

  • Chazz · April 12, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Tiafoe is going to turn these tough 3 set losses to higher ranked players into victories at some point. I have a lot of faith in his future. He only turned 19 in late January.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 12, 2017 at 11:23 pm

    Agree Chazz. Tiafoe is an unstoppable force.

  • Hartt · April 13, 2017 at 9:49 am

    Tommy Robredo just beat Grigor Dimitrov in 3 sets in Marrakech. I was rooting for Tommy. Unless one of my faves is playing I tend to support the youngsters and the oldies. It was great to see the seasoned pro come through, especially after he was away for so long with injury.

    Was ready to strangle the British commie. He was so pro Dimitrov it was downright annoying. Even when Tommy was serving for the match, up 2 breaks in the decider, all the guy could talk about was Grigor. Yes, Grigor can be a beautiful shot-maker, but there is a lot more to being a great tennis player than that. And today Tommy showed one of those attributes – mental toughness.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · April 13, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    Grigor is really down now since losing that third set tiebreaker to Sock in Indian Wells – Bad tailspin since the heartbreaking five set loss to Rafa at Aus Open -

  • Chazz · April 13, 2017 at 5:11 pm

    I hope Dimitrov gets back on track. I am a fan of Baby Fed’s game.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · April 13, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    We all do Chazz. Dimitrov is a great player and one of the nicest guys in pro tennis that I ever met or interviewed. I know for a fact several media people who adore Dimitrov and are really pulling hard for him to win a major. He’s for sure one of the most well liked and popular players, along with Del Potro, the Bryans. That was a heartbreaking loss to Nadal in Melbourne, hopefully it won’t crush him, hopefully it will only make him stronger. Hopefully he’s just kind of coasting now and will really turn it on again for Roland Garros and Wimbledon. In other words, hopefully he’s just subconsciously kind of tanking now and saving his best for when it really counts.

  • Bryan · April 15, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    Dimitrov’s rise early this year was good for tennis. But he’s mentally fragile. Unlike the top players he can’t brush off losses and move forward. A short memory is best in this game.

  • Author comment by Scoop Malinowski · April 15, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Bryan; Grigor shook off that devastating loss to Diego Schwartzman in the Istanbul final and had his best career run after that – he’s tough in the head but he is probe to slumps – I figure the best of Dimitrov is coming -

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