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Sarasota Open ATP Challenger Entry List

One of my favorite tournaments on the ATP schedule is the Elizabeth Moore Sarasota Open in downtown Sarasota, FL at Payne Park which kicks off on April 9.

Last year’s tournament, staged for the first time at Payne Park, featured some distinguished stars in attendance, including former ATP world no. 1 Marcelo Rios who came three days and said he loved “the atmosphere”, and former world no. 2 Tommy Haas who came two days and said he loved “the vibe” of the tournament.

For Sarasota Open ticket information try this link

Here are some of the players in the main draw and qualifying tournament…


Jason Kubler

Jack Sock

Yibing Wu

Zhizhen Zhang

Steve Johnson

Emilio Gomez

Michael Mmoh

Daniel Elahi Galan (defending champion)

Juan Manuel Cerundolo

Daniel Altmaier

Denis Kudla

Gijz Brouwer

Zizou Bergs

Tomas Machac

Tony Wu

Geoffrey Blancaneaux

Aleksandar Vukic


Jerry Shang

Federico Delbonis

Mitchell Krueger

Lucas Pouilee

Enzo Couacaud

Zach Svajda

Stefan Kozlov

Bjorn Fratangelo

Calvin Hemery

Gonzalo Lama

Guido Andreozzi

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  • catherine · April 3, 2023 at 4:24 am

    For anyone interested and able to watch this sounds a fascinating film.

    I remember Boris winning Wimbledon, putting him on our cover and predicting a brilliant future. My next (distant) contact was being called for Jury Service at his trial in Southwark Crown Court. As it was, I didn’t go.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 3, 2023 at 7:16 am

    Catherine, it will be great film, Becker is a fascinating subject and character. You were to be on the jury for his tax evasion trial?

  • catherine · April 3, 2023 at 12:13 pm

    The preview sounded promising. Very few good sports movies, let alone tennis.

    Yes – I live in the jury catchment area of Southwark Crown Court, South London, and it was my misfortune to be picked by the computer. I made an excuse (arthritis) because I didn’t fancy sitting around on hard benches for what promised to be a predictable trial. S’wark Crown Court isn’t Buckingham Palace.

    Boris was briefly Head of German Men’s tennis but obviously had to leave. What a waste.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 3, 2023 at 3:08 pm

    Catherine you should have done it just so you can post memories of the experience here to readers ) No, it would have been abysmally tedious to endure such a case. Becker needs to write his book soon.

  • catherine · April 4, 2023 at 1:53 am

    German women’s tennis on the floor – Sabine Lisicki is still playing. Don’t see much upcoming talent either. Not sure about the younger men. Zverev’s health is too wobbly to be relied on.

    When Petko retired she talked a bit about her generation – the ‘sisterhood’ she called them. Obviously meant a lot to her. She should write about those times. Kerber was part of that too but Andrea can write and Angie can’t.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 4, 2023 at 7:51 am

    Germany has fallen lower than Sweden, their last prospect was Rudolph Molleker but he’s been stagnated around 200 for years now. I think there’s a girl named Lys who is slowly rising. But that’s about it. Wonder when the last time Steffi went back to visit Germany was, maybe over a decade ago. Zverev is done, the establishment seems to only want him to be a 15-5 guy and he’s satisfied with that.

  • catherine · April 4, 2023 at 11:26 am

    The only part of tennis Steffi left in Germany is her name on a stadium court.

    She’s completely Americanized.

    Sometimes I get the feeling Petkovic was aware of that and felt it was up to her and her own Golden Generation of players to create and hand on a legacy. Eg, she worked hard to keep Angie in the game when things became difficult.

    There’s a little photo essay on Youtube of the German Fed Cup team in Prague when they reached the final and Angie lost the deciding match to Kvitova. Called ‘Behind the Scenes’. They really were a team then.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 4, 2023 at 11:53 am

    It is shocking how mediocre German and Sweden tennis has become. Believe it or not, that small JTC Academy in Maryland has produced Kudla and Tiafoe (and next Robin Montgomery), more than Germany and Sweden combined in the last 8 years. BTW the original funder of JTC passed away last week, he was totally the reason JTC started in the first place about a decade ago with Ray Benton running the show, which he still does now.

  • Scoop Malinowski · April 4, 2023 at 12:02 pm

    Catherine, I don’t think Graf had been to Germany in over a decade. Her mom and brother live in Vegas too. Imagine a Steffi and Andre exo in Germany vs Becker and Sabatini would be very successful.



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