The International-level WTA tournament secured a bulk of young American talent this year with top seed Madison Keys leading a group of 10 U.S. women in the main draw. Keys is looking to find her confidence on red clay after a disappointing string of early exits. Jelena Jankovic, Sam Stosur, and Alize Cornet round out the top four seeds.
Also in the draw are Sloane Stephens, CoCo Vandeweghe, and Christina McHale.
After a stomach illness forced her out of Madrid and Rome, Andrea Petkovic hopes to get back into the groove on home soil. With semifinal points to defend at the French Open there's a lot on the line for Petkovic over the next three weeks.
In addition to Petkovic, Angelique Kerber is also playing Nuremberg. After a scorching start to the clay season with titles in Charleston and Stuttgart, Kerber has cooled off in the last two weeks. Like Petkovic, she'll ever looking to get her game in order before heading to Paris.
Gilles Simon, John Isner, Ernest's Gulbis, and Leonardo Mayer are the top four seeds at the ATP 250 event in Nice, France. Gulbis, the defending champion, has won just one match all season and is defending semifinalist points in Paris. It's unlikely we'll see a repeat performance from him in Nice but one man to keep an eye on is Isner. He's been quietly playing his best clay-court tennis this season. The results may not be headline grabbing but his level has been high.
On the whole it's a strong field of youngsters in Nice. Nick Kyrgios, Jack Sock, and Borna Coric are in the field along with Bernard Tomic and Thanasi Kokkinakis.
The inaugural Geneva Open was able to secure the services of Stan Wawrinka this year, making him he highest ranked player in action his week. Getting additional matches might not be a bad idea for Wawrinka, who lost early in both Monte Carlo and Madrid before finding his top form to beat Rafael Nadal last week in Rome.