It is time for the 3 week tour of Asia with some big names to entertain all tennis enthusiasts. This week sees the ATP 250 events in Bangkok in Kuala Lumpur take centre stage, followed by the ATP 500 events in Tokyo and Beijing, with the highlight being the Shanghai Rolex Masters, former venue of the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals.
The Thailand Open in Bangkok has courts to reward attacking players. There are two top 10 players in the draw, including the world number 6 Tomas Berdych, who is chasing a place at the World Tour Finals for a 4th successive year, as well as defending champion and recent US Open semi-finalist Richard Gasquet. Milos Raonic will also look to use this tournament to push for a first World Tour Finals qualification and Gilles Simon, who triumphed in Metz yesterday and was champion here in 2009 will look to maintain his form as the 4th seed this week.
The other event in Southeast Asia is the Malaysian Open in Kuala Lumpur. World number 4 David Ferrer headlines the field as he looks to seal his place at the World Tour Finals by winning his first title here at the fourth attempt. It will be exciting to see ‘Stan the Man’ return to action after his incredible US Open run to his first Grand Slam semi-final. Wawrinka makes his debut here as he too seeks to book his place at the ATP Finals for the first time. 2009 champion Davydenko returns as the 8th seed, while Almagro, Melzer and Benneteau also feature at the event’s fifth year as an ATP tournament.
It promises to be an exciting week here at these events, will the London contenders take strides towards securing their place, or will the unseeded players take centre stage on the indoor hard courts of Southeast Asia.
What are your predictions for this week and the other tournaments to follow!?