The ATP World Tour continues this week, with the Ecuador Open being the next tournament on the docket. Let us take a look at some of the players who are set to compete in Quito this week.
World No. 19 Ivo Karlovic has been seeded first, who is coming in with a tally of 6-2. Having lost in the third round of Australian Open and Qatar Open, the Croat has got himself a good chance here to build his rhythm. A similar thing can be said for the Spaniard Albert Ramos Vinolas as well. He has been losing to underdogs in his opening match over the last two tournaments. He certainly looks a bit rusty here, and it'll be interesting to see how far he can go. Moving on, Thomaz Bellucci of Brazil has been awarded the fourth seed for this event. His form is similar to that of the Spaniard's and is yet to win a match this season. The World No. 67 has slipped in the rankings and needs a win here, desperately.
Lastly, there's the veteran Italian Paolo Lorenzi, who is also set to feature here. Like the rest, he too has been crashing out early in his previous tournaments. This is going to be an intriguing tournament to see.
Posted: 1st February 2016
The Ecuador Open is a new clay court tournament, this year's event will only be the second edition in tournament history. The reigning champion is Dominican Victor Estrella Burgos who won his maiden title there last year, becoming the oldest first time winner in Open era history.
The total prize money this year will be over half a million dollar, precisely $520,070, most of which will go to the winner. That winner could very well turn out to be Burgos, but he will not be the biggest favorite. That status probably goes to no one and that is not a knock on three-time ATP titlist Bernard Tomic who will be the top seed. The other seeds in the main draw will be Feliciano Lopez, Thomaz Bellucci, Fernando Verdasco, Víctor Estrella Burgos, Paolo Lorenzi, Albert Ramos-Viñolas and Pablo Carreño Busta. All of these players are rather capable of playing well on clay and any of them could find their way into the final. Tomic is the highest seed but he isn't necessarily someone who we'd call a clay court specialist.
Who is a clay court specialist, is second seed Thomaz Bellucci who is very good on the surface, winning all four of his career ATP titles on the red dirt. Still, with so many ATP titlists in the main draw, the trophy is truly up for grabs this time.
Posted: 2nd February 2015
The ATP Quito Challenger is a tennis tournament which held in Ecuador. It has been running every year since 1995. It forms a part of the ATP Challenger Tour. The matches take place on outdoor clay courts.
The tournament will take place between February 2nd and February 8th of 2015 at Quito. There will be a total of 28 singles games and 16 doubles games which will be played. All the games that will be played will be a best of three sets. The total prize money at stake exceeds $ 494,000 and players including Feliciano Lopez, Santiago Giraldo, Fernando Verdasco, Martin Klizan will be fighting for it. Top seed Lopez will be hoping to win this tournament and start the year of 2015 in the best possible manner. If he manages to do so, it will be his first title on a clay surface. However, Giraldo will be accustomed to Clay courts given that his previous title victories have both come on clay courts.
Last year, Argentine tennis start Horacio Zeballos won the tournament and he will be hoping to retain his title when he takes to court. So far, since 1995, only three players have managed to successfully retain their ATP Quito championship.
Tags: ATP World Tour, Ecuador Open, Ivo Karlovic, Albert Ramos Vinolas, Thomaz Bellucci, Victor Estrella Burgos, Bernard Tomic, Feliciano Lopez, ATP Quito, Fernando Verdasco, Martin Klizan, Horacio Zeballos
Posted: 2nd February 2017
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