Watch List: All eyes on Rotterdam with Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych in action
The Watch List spotlights the must-know storylines for the upcoming week in tennis. This week, the ATP is at Rotterdam while the WTA is in Antwerp for the first time since 2008. Andy Murray and Eugenie Bouchard headline the week's action.
ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament
All eyes are on Rotterdam this week, where No. 4 Andy Murray, No. 6 Milos Raonic, No. 7 Tomas Berdych and No. 9 Stan Wawrinka return to action. Murray is the top seed and he opens against Nicolas Mahut. He could face defending champion Berdych in the semifinals, which would be a rematch of their heated semifinal at the Australian Open. Can we mic Kim Sears up this time?
The bottom half of the draw is led by Raonic, with Wawrinka, Grigor Dimitrov and Ernests Gulbis rounding out the seeds. Gulbis opens against his good friend and practice partner Dominic Thiem, and if you remember their awkward U.S. Open encounter, which Thiem won, you know this one could be hard to watch.
Janowicz, who played well to get to the final in Montpellier last week only to have to retire three games into the final due to illness, withdrew from Rotterdam on Monday citing illness once again. Tobias Kamke gets the lucky loser spot as a result and will open up against Berdych.
BNP Paribas Fortis Diamond Games
Tennis returns to Antwerp, Belgium for the first time since 2008. Eugenie Bouchard tops a strong field at this Premier-level event, which includes Angelique Kerber and Andrea Petkovic (fresh off Fed Cup duties), and Lucie Safarova. The big story is obviously Bouchard's hire of Sam Sumyk as her new coach. The pair will debut their partnership this week. Fed Cup hangovers will also be an issue. Bouchard and Safarova skipped their countries' ties and should be fresh, while the bulk of the field had to do some heavy lifting over the weekend for their national squads.
Two first round matches to watch: Alize Cornet vs. Belinda Bencic and Carla Suarez Navarro vs. Camila Giorgi.
No. 5 Kei Nishikori returns to Memphis to defend his title amid a sea of big servers who love the indoor conditions at this ATP 250 tournament. Kevin Anderson, John Isner and Alexander Dolgopolov round out the top four seeds, with Ivo Karlovic lurking in Nishikori's section of the draw.
One first round match to watch features two of America's young talents. Stefan Kozlov, 17, and Jared Donaldson, 18, both received wildcards into the tournament and just happened to land right next to each other in the draw. Donaldson is coming off his first ATP Challenger title two weeks ago in Maui.
Feliciano Lopez, fresh off his run to the final in Quito, Equador last week, tops the field in Sao Paulo at this ATP 250 event. Tommy Robredo, who is coming back from a shoulder injury that forced him to retire at the Australian Open, is the No. 2 seed.
No. 21 Peng Shuai leads the International-level field in Pattaya City, along with Elina Svitolina, Zarina Diyas, and Kurumi Nara.