Editor’s note: This story has been edited to reflect a withdrawal Jack Draper from Sofia.
A host of big names head to Seoul, Sofia and Tel Aviv this week for the ATP Tour as a trio of ATP 250 hard court events will host the event from September 26 to October 2.
world number 2 Casper Road compete in Eugene Korea Open Tennis Tournament in Seoul, where he is looking to support his career to reach US Open Final with a strong performance on the outdoor courts in the capital of South Korea.
Yannick Sener And the Novak Djokovic head inside like top seed in Open Sofia And the Open Watergen Tel AvivStraight. Grigor Dimitrov He will also seek to impress his fans at his home in Sofia, while Marin Cilic And the Dominic Tim Join Djokovic in the Tel Aviv draw.
ATPTour.com looks at five things to see at every event.
Five things to see in Seoul
1) Rod Top Seed: Casper Road He accomplished many things in 2022, but raising a trophy on the hardcourt tour isn’t one of them. The Norwegian’s three titles this season have all come on clay, but the world number two will feel confident when he arrives in Seoul. reached the final US Open in New York for his latest tour singles event.
2) Can Nouri and Fritz boost Turin’s hopes?: The second seed Cameron Norrie And the third seed Taylor Fritz We look forward to supporting their impressive performance on the hardcourt 2022 this week in Seoul during an important week for them Nitto ATP Finals Hope to qualify.
Norrie won the title in Delray Beach and also reached the hard court finals in Acapulco and Los Cabos this year, but is still outside the qualifying spots for the end-of-season finals. The Briton is 11th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin, while Indian Wells champion Fritz is 10th. Can any of the players make his move this week in South Korea?
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3) The ATP Tour returns to Seoul: The ATP tour returns to the South Korean capital for the first time since 1996 with this week’s outdoor hard court tournament at Seoul Olympic Park Tennis Center. world number 74 Sunwoo Kwon Leading the local team, the 24-year-old will face his South Korean compatriot Yoonsung Chung In his opening match.
4) Location of Tsing Chasis in Milan: One of the brightest prospects in Asian tennis, 21-year-old #NextGenATP Chun Hsin Tseng From Chinese Taipei, he takes eighth place in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Milan as he seeks to qualify for Intesa Sanpaolo Next Generation ATP Finals for the first time. Tseng hopes to boost his chances with a strong start in Seoul against San Diego in the semi-finals Christopher O’Connell.
5) Chung Partners Kwon Upon Return: This week’s event in Seoul will see the return of the former Intesa Sanpaolo Next Generation ATP Finals Winner after a long absence due to injury.
Hyun ChungChampion in Milan in 2017 and reached the semi-finals in 2018 Australian OpenHe will team up with his South Korean compatriot Kwon in the doubles court in front of their fans. The former world number 19 Chung has not played a competitive match since October 2020 due to injury.
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Five things to see in Sofia
1) The sinner seeks to deceive Sophia: Top seed Sener arrives in Bulgaria in pursuit of his third consecutive title in the ATP 250 indoor hard court event. Sinner didn’t drop a group en route to the title last year, and the Italian will hope for a similarly strong group of performances as he looks to advance toward the qualifying spots for the tournament. Nitto ATP Finals. 21-year-old Seiner, whose age will be 43-13 for the 2022 season, is currently 14th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.
2) Dimitrov rejoices home fans? Like Sinner, the home favorite Dimitrov has yet to be defeated in Sofia, taking the title in his only appearance in 2017.
The former world number three has struggled for consistency this season since reaching the semi-finals in Rolex Monte Carlo Masters in April, but won three of his eight tour-level titles on the indoor hard court, including 2017 Nitto ATP Finals. Could his passionate support at home propel him to more success this week?
3) #NextGenATP Rising: #NextGenATP Stars Lorenzo Mussetti And the Holger Ron Both are seeded in Bulgaria, where they can cement their position to third and fourth in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Milan with a solid display. Fourth seed Mussetti fell into the first round on his debut in Sofia in 2021, while fifth seed Ron will make his first appearance in the tournament this week.
4) Carino Busta looks forward to more success on court: The second seed Pablo Carreno Posta He returns to the competition for the first time since reaching the fourth round of US Open. The Spaniard lifted his first trophy of the ATP Masters 1000 on hard courts in Montreal in August, and Carreno Busta hopes some big performances in Sofia can keep him within reach. Nitto ATP Finals qualification. The 31-year-old is currently 12th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin.
5) Top Bolelli / Fognini Seeds: Simon Bolelli And the Fabio Fognini The title of the doubles draw in the Bulgarian capital, as the duo chase the 10th-ranked Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams rankings for the third time of the season. second seed Rafael Matos And the David Vega Hernandez He’s gone even better so far in 2022, lifting three ATP Tour titles since forming the first team in April.
Five things to see in Tel Aviv
1) Djokovic’s return to work: Novak Djokovic He will compete in Israel, where he takes first place at Tour level 88 times. Djokovic is chasing his third Tour title this year after victories in Rome and in Wimbledon. His 21st Grand Slam title in London means the Serbian just needs to finish in the top 20 in the Pepperstone ATP Live Race To Turin in order to qualify for November. Nitto ATP Finals. Djokovic is currently in fifteenth place.
2) Schwartzman and Kielek seek first title of the year: Diego Schwartzman And the Marin Cilic Both are vying for their first prizes at the 2022 Tour level in Tel Aviv. Both stars have put in high-profile performances this season. Schwartzman reached the finals on clay in Buenos Aires and Rio de Janeiro in February while Cilic was in the semi-finals at Roland Garros. Can any of the players move the clay court look to similarly slow indoor hard courts?
3) Tim to take the next step?: Dominic Tim He showed flashes of his best pictures in recent weeks. The Austrian reached the final of the ATP Challenger Tour Championship in Rennes and claimed his 10th Tour Championship win of the season against Richard Gasquet In Metz before falling back to Hubert Hurkacz.
The 17-times owner has struggled to get back into winning ways since missing nine months with a wrist injury, but the wild card Tim is hoping to add to his recent winning streak with a quick start to his campaign in Tel Aviv.
4) A trip to Tel Aviv: As with Seoul, Tel Aviv is hosting the ATP Tour event for the first time since 1996 this week, when the International Conference Center in Tel Aviv will host the ATP 250 indoor hard court event. The Israeli city was a place Jimmy ConnorsThe final career singles title in 1989, while Aaron Krickstein He still holds the ATP record for youngest Tour event winner with his 1983 Tel Aviv victory.
5) Krawietz/Mies Chase Turin Spot: Kevin Krawetz And the Andreas Mess Head to Tel Aviv to seek their third ATP Tour title of 2022. The second seed could boost Nitto ATP Finals Hope to qualify with a good result in Israel. Krawietz and Mies are 11th in the Pepperstone ATP Live Doubles Teams rankings, but they will face stiff competition from a field that includes the best seeds. Rohan Bubana And the Matthew MiddelkoopWhile Djokovic with his favorite teams at home Jonathan Ehrlich.